Red Sox P Chris Sale seemingly mocks Cavaliers with 'Goon Squad' shirt

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Stephen Piscotty homered in his first at-bat after being reinstated from the bereavement list and saluted his late mother as he crossed home plate, helping lead the Oakland Athletics to a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night in a game delayed nearly two hours because of weather. But he allowed just one hit until the fifth inning, when he served up a two-run long ball to Marcus Semien.

Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (3-0, 4.58) will start opposite Athletics righty Daniel Mengden (2-4, 4.06). Jackie Bradley not in Boston's starting lineup.

The Red Sox salvaged a win in their series finale with the A's, avoiding being swept for the first time this season.

Boston entered Wednesday having lost five of its last eight games.

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Chris Sale couldn't quite harness his crackling fastball on this night, limited to five innings as his pitch count swelled to 102.

By now, we all know the story behind Drew Bledsoe and the "Scary Terry" shirts, but now we have Sale (and apparently other Red Sox players) with their own unique way of showing support. Martinez followed with his 12th homer of the season, a two-run blast that traveled an estimated 422 feet to center field. Both scored on a double by Chapman, who drove a pitch from Rodriguez over the head of Mookie Betts in right field. Xander Bogaerts SS 6. Martinez now has hit safely in his last four games, while reaching base safely in 21 straight contests, surpassing his career-high that he set Tuesday night.

Boston left-hander David Price (3-4, 4.89 ERA) will pitch tonight opposite the Baltimore Orioles.

If pitchers make a mistake against Martinez right now, the ball isn't staying in the park. Andrew Benintendi CF 3.