After appearing to be in some pain, trainers came out, but he stayed in the game until following his at-bat in the top of the second. He went 1-for-2 with a run scored on the afternoon. Boston and NY tangled earlier this season at Fenway Park, and the Yankees have won 15 of 16 overall entering this three-game set that begins Tuesday night.
The lefty did his part against the Rangers with his season high for strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 2.02. It was a topic Cora said was being addressed during his pregame remarks, but Boston still found a way to record its 16th and 17th putouts on the bases through 35 games this season. "It hit him in the ideal spot, so he wanted to keep going and I'm like, 'nah.' He had it throughout the arm, but he got the feeling back". He might be pulling off a little bit, just a tick, but it's not like he's taking awkward swings against them.
Martinez got his eighth homer of the season, and third in five games, with a solo shot in the seventh.
"He didn't feel great", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "He made a good adjustment last week going the other way, hitting line drives the other way, which is a start". "It's one that as a team we grinded it out".
The Boston Red Sox have had their hands full this weekend in Arlington, even as they rallied to beat the Rangers 6-5 on Saturday to win their second game in a row and secure at least a split of the four-game series.
Betts remained in the game for an inning before being removed for Blake Swihart in the bottom of the second.
"For me, it's just a matter of time", Cora said. It makes sense for us, you know? He's got a day and a half off and it should be something day-to-day. The club has a day off on Monday before continuing their road trip in the Bronx against the Yankees.