Napoli Hit Powers Sox
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney, left, Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia, right and first base coach Arnie Beyeler stand at first all wearing number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Boston (ap) — The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays were making their way out of Fenway Park when two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon were heard at the stadium.
The Red Sox beat the Rays 3-2 on an RBI double by Mike Napoli in the ninth inning yesterday in Boston’s traditional Patriots’ Day morning game.
The game began at 11:05 a.m. and ended at about 10 minutes after 2 p.m. A little less than an hour after that, about a mile away, the explosions from Copley Square could be heard by those in and around Fenway — but not in the clubhouses where the teams were getting ready to leave.
A team spokesman sent a text message saying the team had reached the airport. And Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon tweeted a few hours after the game: “Just landed safely in Baltimore. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims & the families affected by this afternoon’s horrible event.”
With the scored tied at 2, Napoli drove a line-drive double off the left-field wall in the ninth inning that scored Dustin Pedroia from first with the winning run.
Napoli, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, has been batting fourth while designated hitter David Ortiz recovers from Achilles’ tendon soreness. He is on a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket and could return shortly.
Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3
Toronto — Mark Buehrle pitched in and out of trouble into the seventh inning to beat his former team, J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis hit solo homers and Toronto topped Chicago.
Twins 8, Angels 2
Minneapolis — Joe Mauer had a home run among his four hits and drove in three runs for Minnesota over Los Angeles on a cold, windy night.
Reds 4, Phillies 2
Cincinnati — Brandon Phillips drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning and Cincinnati ended its five-game losing streak by beating Philadelphia.
Nationals 10, Marlins 3
Miami — Jordan Zimmermann pitched a six-hitter for his third victory of the season, and Washington bounced back from a humbling weekend to beat Miami.
Cardinals 10, Pirates 6
Pittsburgh — Jon Jay and Matt Holliday each had two hits and two RBIs as St. Louis jumped on Pittsburgh early.
Allen Craig doubled and drove in three runs for the Cardinals, who knocked around James McDonald (1-2) with a seven-run second inning. McDonald gave up eight runs, three earned, and walked two in 1 1-3 innings, the shortest start of his career.
Lance Lynn (2-0) labored through five innings to get the win. Lynn allowed four runs, walking three and striking out four.
Starling Marte had three hits and Neil Walker homered for the Pirates, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.