Mitch's Sports Report

Weekdays at approximately 6:45 a.m.

Sports can be fun, thrilling, and heartbreaking... local, national or global. I love talking sports, and I've been known to express an almost imperceptible preference for certain teams.

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If the Boston Red Sox are looking for a theme song to their 2017 season, they might want to consider The Who's "The Kids Are Alright". It's an old song about the young, and it was youth that delivered the Red Sox a dramatic extra innings 3-2 win over the NY Yankees at the Stadium last night.

It didn't take long for Chris Sale to get back on track. The Red Sox ace had an uncharacteristically poor outing in his last start against Cleveland, giving up seven runs in a no-decision, but last night against the Tampa Bay Rays Sale was in full command, pitching eight shut-out innings and striking out 13 in Boston's 2-0 win.

The Vermont Lake Monsters lost a back and forth contest against the Hudson Valley Renegades in extra innings last night, when Hudson Valley's Carl Chester legged out an infield walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth for a 6-5 win.

Mookie Betts was given the day off yesterday and his fill-in Chris Young made the most of the opportunity, hitting two home runs including the tie-breaking three-run shot in the fifth to go with a double and five RBI's on the day in the Red Sox 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.

Next time someone tells you baseball is a boring game, have them watch a replay of last night's contest between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.

There were two very different yet welcomed sights for the Boston Red Sox in their 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park last night.

The NY Yankees got a dramatic walk off extra innings win against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Stadium last night when Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the eleventh with a home run into the right field seats, good for a 6-5 Yankees win over the team just behind them in the A.L. east standings.

Ace. Stopper. Cy Young favorite. There are a lot of ways to describe Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale, who turned in yet another dominating performance on the hill yesterday when the Red Sox really needed it, throwing shut-out ball over seven innings, and striking out eleven in the Red Sox 4-0 win over the Seattle Mariners.

The Boston Red Sox are struggling in the second half of the season, losers of four of their last five games, including a 6-5, 13 inning defeat against the Mariners in Seattle last night.

Fighting off a triple bogey on the eighth hole and the rest of the field, Drake Hull of Rutland retained his lead and went on to win the 111th Vermont Amateur Golf tournament at Dorset Field Club yesterday.

At Marlins Park in Miami they may not have been playing for home field advantage ion the World Series but the American and National League all stars nevertheless gave fans a competitive game that went to extra innings last night, and ended with a 2-1 American League win thanks to a home run by Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners in the top of the tenth.

We'll start today in the NY Penn League, because if you headed down to Centennial Field in Burlington last night to catch the Vermont Lake Monsters take on the Hudson Valley Renegades, and stayed for the whole contest, you saw a Single A baseball game that was very likely more entertaining and dramatic than any played at the major league level on Sunday.

It doesn't happen very often, and it's not like Chris Sale wasn't still very good in a loss, but lose he did last night at Tropicana Field as the Tampa Bay Rays used two home runs to beat Sale and the Boston Red Sox 4-1.

The Boston Red Sox couldn't complete a season series sweep of the Texas Rangers, falling 8-2 in Arlington last night. Andrew Cashner flirted a bit with a no-hitter for Texas, keeping the Red Sox hitless into the sixth inning before Xander Bogaerts ended that hope with a two-run homer.

Fans of the Boston Celtics have been waiting a long time for the team to make a big splash in the free agent pool, and yesterday they dropped a cannonball in signing all-star Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million deal.

The Boston Red Sox extended their winning streak to five games deep in the heart of Texas last night, playing deep into the night with an extra innings 7-5 victory when pinch hitter Andrew Benintendi blooped a 2-run single over a drawn in infield to score Tzu-Wei Lin from third and Mookie Betts from second with the winning runs.

Mookie Betts and the rest of the Boston Red Sox didn't give folks in Toronto much to cheer about over the Canada Day weekend festivities at the Rogers Centre. The Sox completed a three game sweep of the Blue Jays yesterday with a 15-1 victory in which Betts drove in eight of those fifteen runs, including two homers.

Frustrating night for the Boston Red Sox, who left eleven men on base in a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park last night.

After catcher Christian Vazquez put the Boston Red Sox ahead 2-0 in the second inning with his first home run of the year, Mother Nature intervened in the form of a steady downpour that lasted more than two hours. Fortunately for the Red Sox, the rains did stop and once they did the lead would grow to result in a 9-2 win over the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park.

At the NBA draft last night the top picks went mostly as expected.

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