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Ground Rule Trouble: Red Sox Bounce Rays in 13 on Odd Call

BOSTON (AP) — Saved a bizarre bounce and an obscure ruling, the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 6-4 Sunday night on a walk-off, two-run homer by Christian Vázquez in the 13th inning to move one victory from eliminating the 100-win Rays from the AL Division Series.

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Boston Red Sox right fielder Hunter Renfroe (10) leaps as the ball, hit by Tampa Bay Rays Kevin Kiermaier, bounces over the wall for a ground rule double during the thirteenth inning during Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) The Associated Press

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier’s line drive sailed over right fielder Hunter Renfroe’s head and bounced off the short wall in front of the Boston bullpen and back onto the warning track. It ricocheted off Renfroe and into the air.

The Red Sox right fielder waved at it desperately — and unsuccessfully — to keep it from going out of play.

It’s a good thing he couldn’t.

Saved by an obscure rule and a bounce that was weird even for quirky Fenway Park, the Red Sox staggered Tampa Bay 6-4 Sunday night on Christian Vázquez’s 13th-inning walk-off homer to move one victory from eliminating the 100-win Rays from the AL Division Series.

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“I was speechless,” said center fielder Kiké Hernandez, who had come over to back up Renfroe. “I don’t know if you guys have seen that before. I’ve never seen that before in my life.

“I wasn’t sure what was going to get called. I wasn’t sure if the runners had to return. … Like, I had no idea,” he said. “Luckily, it went our way. And you call it home-field advantage if you want — call it whatever you want — but we won.”

The wild-card Red Sox took a 2-1 edge in the best-of-five matchup. Game 4 is Monday at Fenway — Marathon Day in Boston — with Game 5 in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Wednesday, if necessary.

Tampa Bay rallied from a 4-2 deficit to tie it in the eighth inning and it was still 4-all when Yandy Diaz singled with one out in the 13th.

Then came the play that had the umpires scurrying for the rulebook and the Rays scratching their heads.

Diaz was halfway from second to third when Kiermaier’s ball bounced over the 5-foot-high wall, and he easily would have scored had it remained in play. But the umpires conferred and went to the headsets before awarding Kiermaier a double and sending Diaz back to third.

Baseball Rule 5.05(a)(8) states: “Any bounding fair ball is deflected by the fielder into the stands, or over or under a fence on fair or foul territory, in which case the batter and all runners shall be entitled to advance two bases.”

“If I stayed at second, that’s fine,” Kiermaier said. “But I was hoping to see that Yandy scored, because he would have scored obviously. … It’s incredible that it worked out to their advantage just like that.”

Rays manager Kevin Cash said he watched the replay and it was obvious Renfroe didn’t knock it over the wall on purpose.

“That’s just the rule. That’s the way it goes. It was very unfortunate for us,” he said. “I think it was fairly obvious that K.K. or Yandy was going to come around to score, but it didn’t go our way.”

Said umpire crew chief Sam Holbrook: “It’s in the rulebook. It’s a ground-rule double. There’s no discretion that the umpires have.”

“There’s no, ‘He would have done this, would have done that.’ It’s just flat-out in the rule book, it’s a ground-rule double,” he said.

When play resumed, Nick Pivetta struck out Mike Zunino to end the inning and came bounding off the mound in celebration.

Renfroe walked with one out in the bottom half, then Vázquez hit the first pitch from Luis Patiño over the Green Monster to end it.

Hernández and Kyle Schwarber each had three hits, including a homer, for Boston.

Hernández singled in the first, singled in the third and homered in the fifth to give him seven consecutive hits in the series. He went 5 for 6 with a home run and three doubles in Boston’s Game 2 win, becoming the first Red Sox player ever with four extra-base hits in a postseason game.

Red Sox ace Nate Eovaldi allowed Austin Meadows’ two-run homer in the top of the first, but Schwarber led off the bottom half with a home run. Hernández’s fifth-inning homer gave Boston a 4-2 lead, but the Rays tied it in the eighth when Wander Franco hit a solo homer and Meadows and Randy Arozarena doubled.

Garrett Whitlock struck out Zunino to end the inning.

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With a runner on first in the 10th, J.D. Martinez fouled off five pitches with two strikes and then hit one to straightaway center, where Kiermaier pulled it in right in front of the 379-foot marker. (The wind was blowing in.)

In the 11th, Arozarena stole second and was caught in a rundown on his way to third, but he scrambled back to the bag safely. But he was stranded there when Pivetta struck out Zunino and Jordan Luplow to end the inning.

Boston had a runner on first in the 11th when Hernández hit a chopper into the hole between short and third. Franco went to his right to field it, then made a long throw that first baseman Luplow picked out of the dirt for the third out.

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Schwarber, a star of the Cubs’ 2016 World Series title who homered in the wild-card game against the Yankees, also singled and scored in the third, when Boston scored a pair of runs to chase Drew Rasmussen and take a 3-2 lead. He singled in the ninth before leaving for a pinch-runner.

But it was Schwarber’s play in the field that endeared him to the Fenway fans.

After earning an error when he lobbed the ball over pitcher Nathan Eovaldi’s head on a grounder in the third inning, Schwarber was tested on a similar play made a more accurate toss in the fourth.

He celebrated by raising both arms in the air and giving a fist pump, then tipping his cap to the cheering fans. Schwarber turned toward the dugout and laughed.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: Arozarena slipped on his way to second base on his eighth-inning double, then limped into the dugout while the Red Sox changed pitchers. But he remained in the game.

Red Sox: RHP Hansel Robles appeared to be experiencing discomfort after striking out Diaz for the second out in the eighth. He winced and stretched his shoulder, then gave up Arozarena’s double to tie it 4-4.

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The teams play again on Monday night, with the starters to be announced. Nick Pivetta had been expected to start for Boston and Patiño for the Rays, but both pitched in Game 3. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said it would most likely be Eduardo Rodriguez.

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Jarry Has 26 Saves, Penguins Beat Lightning 6-2 in Opener

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tristan Jarry had 26 saves, Danton Heinen and Brian Boyle scored early second-period goals, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in the regular-season opener on Tuesday night.

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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry (35) makes a save on a shot by Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) The Associated Press

By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tristan Jarry had 26 saves, Danton Heinen and Brian Boyle scored early second-period goals, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in the regular-season opener on Tuesday night.

Dominik Simon, Teddy Blueger, Bryan Rust and Evan Rodrigues also scored, and Kris Letang had two assists for the Penguins, who played without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The final three Pittsburgh goals were into an empty net.

“It’s a process but I think we proved that we can play against a team like that, we can play well and we can win,” Simon said.

Tampa Bay got goals from Anthony Cirelli and Andrew Killorn, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 shots. Star right wing Nikita Kucherov didn’t have a shot on goal, while defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was minus-5.

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in attendance as Tampa Bay unveiled its 2020-21 Stanley Cup banner during a pregame ceremony. The Lightning have won two consecutive titles following pandemic-impacted and abbreviated regular seasons.

“We wanted to kind of spoil it,” Heinen said.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the outcome would have the same if the opponent had been the Penguins’ minor league team.

“They beat us to every puck, they worked harder than us, they were better than us in every facet of the game,” Cooper said. “If it wasn’t for our goalie it probably would have been way worse. They came here to win a hockey game, we came here and watched the banner raising, and then watched a team want to win a hockey game. We did a lot of watching tonight.”

Jarry turned aside Brayden Point’s low slot shot during the game’s first power play midway through the second.

The Penguins blocked 15 shots.

“It makes my job really easy,” Jarry said. “They’re playing hard, and they’re blocking shots. They did a great job for me.”

Heinen and Boyle put the Penguins up 2-0 with goals in the first 4:11 of the second.

Jeff Carter stole Vasilevskiy’s clearing attempt behind the net and set up Heinen’s goal 12 seconds in. Boyle, who signed a $750,000, one-year contract before the game after coming to training camp on a tryout offer, scored from the low slot at 4:11. The 12-year veteran last played with Florida in 2019-20.

“That was awesome,” Heinen said of Boyle’s goal. “It was a nice goal, too. He’s such a great guy, always smiling. A great teammate to have,”

Simon made it 3-0 when his long-range shot eluded Vasilevskiy with 8:28 left in the third. It was his first goal since Feb. 2, 2020.

Cooper pulled Vasilevskiy with 6 minutes left and it paid off when Cirelli scored at 14:23. However, with Vasilevskiy off the ice again, Blueger picked up an empty-netter 30 seconds later.

Killorn got another Lightning goal with the extra attacker but Rodrigues and Rust got the Penguins’ second and third empty-net goals.

Pittsburgh outshot the Lightning 14-7 in the first period. Simon had his in-close chance stopped during a 2-on-1 by Vasilevskiy, and Rodrigues lost control of the puck on a breakaway.

The Lightning had a streak of winning seven consecutive season openers, all at home, end.

TWO IN A ROW GATHERING

Chicago senior advisor Scotty Bowman was at the game. Bowman (Detroit 1997-98), Cooper and Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan (2016-17) are the last three NHL coaches to win back to back Stanley Cups. Bowman (Montreal 1976-79) and Al Arbour (1980-83) are the last two to win three straight championships when both had streaks of four consecutive titles.

RECORD-TYING WIN

Sullivan tied Dan Bylsma for the most regular-season wins by a Pittsburgh coach with 252.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Penguins: Crosby (wrist) is practicing, as are LW Jake Guentzel (Covid-19) and LW Zach Aston-Reese (Covid-19). … Malkin (knee) was placed on long-term IL. … D Mike Matheson (lower body) was scratched.

Lightning: D Cal Foote (finger) and C Gemel Smith (lower body) didn’t play.

UP NEXT

Penguins: Wrap up a two-game trip at Florida on Thursday night.

Lightning: At Detroit on Thursday night.

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Dominik Simon, Teddy Blueger, Bryan Rust and Evan Rodrigues also scored, and Kris Letang had two assists for the Penguins, who played without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The final three Pittsburgh goals were into an empty net.

Source: https://www.usnews.com/news/sports/articles/2021-10-12/jarry-has-26-saves-penguins-beat-lightning-6-2-in-opener

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Bay Area TV Sports: What to watch on Thursday-Friday

Thursday TV/Radio Baseball ALDS: White Sox at Astros 1 p.m. FS1 ALDS: Red Sox at Rays 5 p.m. FS1 College football Houston at Tulane 4:30 p.m. ESPN Coastal Carolina at Arkansas St. 4:30 p.m. ESPNU G…

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ALDS: White Sox at Astros 1 p.m. FS1

ALDS: Red Sox at Rays 5 p.m. FS1

College football

Houston at Tulane 4:30 p.m. ESPN

Coastal Carolina at Arkansas St. 4:30 p.m. ESPNU

Golf

European Tour: Open de Espana 5 a.m. GOLF

LPGA Tour: Cognizant Founders Cup 11 a.m. GOLF

PGA Tour: Shriners Children’s Open 2 p.m. GOLF

Horse racing

Trackside Live 9 a.m. TVG

America’s Day at the Races 9:30 a.m. FS2

Race Night 5 p.m. TVG

International Racing 8:30 p.m. TVG

NFL

Rams at Seahawks 5 p.m. FOX, NFL

NBA preseason

Raptors at 76ers 4 p.m. NBA

NHL preseason

Penguins at Red Wings 4:30 p.m. NHL

Coyotes at Golden Knights 7 p.m. NHL

Soccer

UEFA Nations: Belgium vs. France 11:30 a.m. ESPN2

FIFA World Cup Qualifying: USA vs. Jamaica 4:30 p.m. ESPN2

Tennis

ATP/WTA: Indian Wells Open 11 a.m. TENNIS

Friday TV/RadioBaseball

ALDS: White Sox at Astros 11 a.m. MLB

NLDS: Braves at Brewers 1:30 p.m. FS1

ALDS: Red Sox at Rays 4 p.m. FS1

NLDS: Dodgers/Cardinals at Giants 6:30 p.m. TBS 680

College football

Temple at Cincinnati 4 p.m. ESPN

Charlotte at Florida International 4 p.m. CBSSN

Morgan State at Howard 5 p.m. ESPNU

Stanford at Arizona State 7:30 p.m. ESPN 1050

Golf

European Tour: Open de Espana 5 a.m. GOLF

PGA Jr League Championship 8 a.m. ESPN2

LPGA Tour: Cognizant Founders Cup 9 a.m. GOLF

Champions: Constellation Furyk & Friends noon GOLF

PGA Tour: Shriners Children’s Open 2 p.m. GOLF

Horse racing

Trackside Live 9 a.m. TVG

America’s Day at the Races 9:30 a.m. FS2

Phoenix Stakes; Alcibiades Stakes 2 p.m. NBCSN

Race Night 5 p.m. TVG

International Racing 9 p.m. TVG

Motor sports

Formula 1: Turkish GP practice 5 a.m. ESPN2

NHRA: FallNationals Qualifying 7:30 p.m. FS1

NBA preseason

Bucks at Nets 4:30 p.m. NBA

Lakers at Warriors 7 p.m. NBCBA, NBA 95.7

NHL preseason

Flyers at Capitals 4 p.m. NHL

Jets at Flames 7 p.m. NHL

Soccer

FIFA WC Qualifying: Czech Republic vs. Wales 11:30 a.m. ESPN2

Tennis

ATP/WTA: Indian Wells Open 11 a.m. TENNIS

WNBA playoffs

Chicago at Connecticut (if nec.) 5 p.m. ESPN2

Phoenix at Las Vegas (if nec.) 7 p.m. ESPN2

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