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, manager Dave Roberts’ team instead looked overmatched at Fenway Park. They staggered home after a 4-2 loss Wednesday night, down 2-0 to the do-everything-right Boston Red Sox.“We’ve got to do a better job of responding,” catcher Austin Barnes said.Not even a bit of new-age strategy — and a curious sight — could save them.The Dodgers led 2-1 in the fifth inning when right-hander Ryan Madson was summoned to replace lefty starter Hyun-Jin Ryu with the bases loaded and two outs.As Madson warmed up, a Dodgers bat boy trotted onto the diamond, where outfielders Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig were waiting. The bat boy gave each of them laminated cards, presumably with new alignments for defensive positioning for Madson on the mound.They didn’t help when Madson walked Steve Pearce, forcing home the tying run and bringing cleanup man J.D. Martinez to the plate.Martinez led the majors with 130 RBIs this season, and drove in two more runs in Game 1. A dangerous hitter, no doubt.So Puig moved back in right field. Way back, in fact.And when Martinez sent a soft liner the opposite way to right, Puig was nowhere close. He couldn’t even begin to make a move to catch it, and the ball dropped for a go-ahead, two-run single. The hit traveled 236 feet, Statcast said.“Obviously, you have to respect the power of J.D., so you just play back a bit. But, yeah Wilmer Flores Jersey
, you know, that’s baseball,” Barnes said. “Bloopers happen.”As the fans went wild, Puig could do little except look at all the grass around him.“Even if he was in, it’s going to drop in. It’s two out, they’re running on contact. And you’ve got to still respect J.D.’s power,” Roberts said.Before the game, Madson said about facing Martinez: “You know you’re in a pit with a rattlesnake, and one bad move, and you’ll get bit if you’re not paying attention.”The Dodgers certainly have been paying attention. They rely heavily on analytics for matchups, positioning and other decisions, and are among the most advanced in baseball in that department.But even moves Roberts is making that seem to be right on the money aren’t working out.“Every mistake we made, they capitalized and scored that inning, so it’s hard to come back from that,” Bellinger said.Pulling Ryu seemed to surely be the right move with the bases jammed and three right-handed hitters coming up. But for the second straight night, Madson — a bullpen veteran who was part of championship teams in Kansas City and Philadelphia — let him down.In the opener against lefty Chris Sale, the Dodgers became the first team to start nine right-handed hitters in a Series game, none switch-hitters. Roberts did it again against lefty David Price.Perhaps the numbers showed that was the right move. But to stack the lineup that way http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-neil-walker-jersey
, Roberts left 109 home runs on the bench: Max Muncy, Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal, the team’s top four homer hitters.They all got into both games, eventually, as Roberts emptied his bench. But against a Boston bullpen that’s been dominant, they did no damage.When the Series resumes Friday at Dodger Stadium, right-hander Rick Porcello is likely to pitch for the Red Sox.“We’re going to shuffle it up for Game 3, but it’s not because of necessarily performance,” Roberts said. “It’s kind of who the starting pitcher for those guys is. But these are the guys that got us here, and we’re going to ride them out.” CHICAGO (AP) — A little rain cut short Michael Kopech’s anticipated big league debut Tuesday night. Couldn’t damper his spirits, though.Eddie Rosario led the Minnesota Twins to a 5-2 victory, but not before Kopech pitched two scoreless innings in a rain-shortened start and gave Chicago a glimpse of a potentially promising future.“It was a dream come true,” Kopech said. “It was everything I thought about since I was a little kid. I was pumped.”The game was tied at 2 before Minnesota pushed across three runs in the ninth. Jake Cave was thrown out when he tried to score from second on Mitch Garver’s pinch-hit single, but Dylan Covey (4-11) issued an intentional walk to Joe Mauer before Rosario greeted Jace Fry with a tiebreaking RBI single into center field.Jorge Polanco tacked on a two-run single as Minnesota won for the sixth time in eight games. Trevor May (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory, and Taylor Rogers got three outs for his second save.The 22-year-old Kopech, one of baseball’s top pitching prospects, struck out four of the 10 batters he faced before a 52-minute rain delay. Luis Avilan came in for the White Sox when the game resumed.“I’m a little bummed out Adrian Gonzalez Jersey
,” Kopech said. “I wanted to go a little deeper in the game. I didn’t realize my pitch count (52) was as high as it was.”Kopech figures to have plenty of chances in the future.“It wasn’t a tough decision. You worry more about the individual and the length of his career,” said bench coach Joe McEwing, who filled in for manager Rick Renteria the second straight night. “It was nothing but positives for Michael Kopech tonight.”Leaning heavily on his blazing fastball, Kopech allowed three hits, hit a batter and walked none. The right-hander was acquired in the December 2016 trade that sent ace left-hander Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox, and the White Sox are counting on him to be a prominent figure in their rebuilding project.Nicky Delmonico and Yoan Moncada homered for Chicago.Minnesota grabbed a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Logan Forsythe and Jake Cave singled off Avilan with one out. After Robbie Grossman’s RBI single against Jeanmar Gomez, Cave scored during a rundown on which Grossman was tagged out on a steal attempt.Moncada tied it at 2 with a solo drive off Gabriel Moya in the seventh.Twins right-hander Jose Berrios allowed one run and four hits in five innings. He is winless in his last three starts.“There was a lot of energy here,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “The Sox fans are very well aware of (Kopech) and the future. I thought he handled it pretty well.”MORE TESTS FOR RENTERIARenteria will return to Chicago on Wednesday and undergo further testing, according to the team. The 56-year-old Renteria experienced lightheadedness and was hospitalized before Monday night’s 8-5 victory over the Twins in Minnesota.“He sounds good,” said McEwing, who spoke with Renteria before Tuesday’s game. “He’s a very tough individual.”AUSTIN IS SORRYTwins first baseman Tyler Austin apologized for his father’s recent “embarrassing” tweets criticizing New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird. The Yankees opted to keep Bird instead of Austin, who was traded for pitcher Lance Lynn on July 30.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: RHP Ervin Santana (sore right middle finger) will undergo an MRI on Wednesday, but Molitor said “it’s becoming less likely he’s going to play the rest of the season.” The organization has a $1 million buyout option on his $14 million contract for next season.White Sox: INF Jose Abreu underwent outpatient surgery on his lower abdomen after complaining of discomfort upon his arrival to the ballpark. He could resume baseball-related activities in two weeks. … OF Leury Garcia will be sidelined for three to six weeks after an MRI showed a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. OF Ryan LaMarre was recalled from Charlotte and RHP Tyler Danish was sent to the Triple-A club.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Kyle Gibson (7-9, 3.51 ERA) will take a career 6-3 record and 2.77 ERA against the White Sox into Wednesday’s game.White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon has been on a roll of late – 3-0 record, 1.41 ERA and .148 opponent batting average over his last six starts.