Pomeranz, Pedroia propel Red Sox past Orioles

Pedroia drives in 4 runs for Boston in 8-1 win over Orioles

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

It was the kind of performance that was unexpected from the lefty, but a performance the Red Sox could learn to get accustomed to as the season progresses. "No", he said. "That's ridiculous, but appreciate you trying to go down that road, that's typical".

Buck, with the flu, with the Red Sox. Xander Bogaerts was on the bereavement list, Jackie Bradley Jr. injured his knee in the previous game, and of course, David Ortiz retired. Some have needed to be quarantined.

A longtime spare outfielder, Gentry will likely continue to start against left-handed pitching while Joey Rickard is on the disabled list with a sprained finger.

Forbes released its annual list of the most valuable Major League Baseball franchises and the Red Sox are near the very top.

Boston is and always has been a tough out at Fenway, and this game will be no different. The Red Sox have gone 3-3 in their first six games and have not had their optimal lineup on the field since Opening Day. On Wednesday, Farrell responded by downplaying Showalter's comments.

Had none of these issues existed - even without Ortiz - and the Red Sox were struggling out of the gate, Farrell would be getting run out of town by mostly everyone outside of the offices at Yawkey Way.

"We know there are guys who still have to work to get their timing, Hanley and Bogey particularly with the four games they each missed", manager John Farrell said. "Nobody else has it?"

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Showalter reiterated that "it just seems to get broadcast more here".

"Everybody in the league's got a flu issue", Showalter told reporters on Tuesday.

"Not at all", he said.

QUESTION: You think there'd be a reasonable way for them to not talk about it as much as they did when a guy doesn't show up? "Wouldn't you? No? I'd do it the same way".

Later in his meeting with the media, Showalter was asked if he's trying to needle the Red Sox? "It wasn't meant that way".

"No, I don't think it would", Showalter said. "There's been no excuses made". We played great as a team.

It isn't uncommon for Showalter to stir his players by denigrating their big-market rivals. Last season Wright picked up two wins in two tries against the Orioles, including a complete game in which he walked five but only gave up two runs.

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