Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Hanley Ramirez day-to-day after being hit by pitch

Hanley Ramirez day-to-day after being hit by pitch

- Alex Cobb knew the Boston Red Sox would present a hard challenge in his season debut Saturday, but the Orioles right-hander was confident he had done everything he could over the season's first few weeks to be ready for the American League's most risky lineup.

Ramirez, who returned to the lineup after missing a game with a bruised wrist, cranked a two-run homer off O's starer Alex Cobb in the first inning.

Alex Cobb was hammered in his season debut for the Orioles, issuing a leadoff walk to Mookie Betts and setting an ominous tone for his outing in the first.

Ramirez leads the AL with six multi-RBI games this season a becoming the first Red Sox batter to reach that mark through 14 games since Shea Hillenbrand accomplished the feat back in 2002. The Orioles have been inconsistent at the plate, averaging 3.36 runs per game, ranking them 25th overall. The 30-year old slugger has developed into an elite hitter, and he is now hitting.250 with two homers and 11 RBI's on the season. He had a breakthrough season a year ago, when he batted.293 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs. He initially stayed in the game and had another at-bat in the second inning, but was replaced by Blake Swihart before the top of the fourth. The Red Sox are likely going to struggle generating offense until the budding superstar is cleared to return.

With one out in the third, Cobb started J.D.

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"You know when you visit someone and they're like confident and they tell you things you want to hear?" "I still remember, I saw him in that clinic in Miami and he was doing his rehab and the first thing he said was, 'You don't have to worry about me". Hector Velazquez got the win, improving to 2-0 after giving up just two runs on six hits while striking out five over five innings of work, while Marcus Walden recorded his first save of the year with three innings of relief from the 7th to the 9th to close out the win. He's appeared in at least 145 games each of the last three years. Many wondered why the Red Sox were going to rely on an aging designated hitter coming off a down year. "It was exciting to see him out there today".

"That lineup is red hot, and they were teeing off on some really bad pitches", Cobb said.

" ... When (Ramirez) is locked in, when he's healthy, he's very unsafe". Andrew Benintendi followed by yanking a 2-1 splitter off the Green Monster to score Betts, and Ramirez took a 2-2 splitter over the high wall in left to hand the Orioles a 3-0 hole.

"He was driving the ball all over the place", Cora said of Ramirez's BP session Saturday. "But. we like the program he's on, and he's only going to get better".

Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin each added two hits from the bottom two spots in the order.

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