Betts, 25, is off to an outstanding start this season for the Red Sox, batting.353 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 14 games.
Boston was without Hanley Ramirez (bruised left wrist), who took a pitch off his wrist and exited Thursday's game against NY in the first inning.
The addition of J.D. Martinez might have helped alleviate some of Boston's offensive woes, but Cora wasn't dwelling too much on Ramirez's expected production a or lack thereof a at the plate.
The Boston Red Sox are off to the best start in their 118-year history.
The Orioles have lost 2.0 units and are 3-6 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. "We're proud of what they're doing".
Eduardo Nunez socked a three-run homer and Eduardo Rodriguez held his former team to one run over six innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 to open a four-game series Friday night.
The right-hander was 5-1 with a 3.15 ERA in seven starts at Fenway Park before Saturday.
The Red Sox, who already have Xander Bogaerts on the disabled list, had a bit of a scare Saturday when Mookie Betts suffered a left foot contusion on a slide home and had to leave the game. He put up a 3.94 ERA in five starts against Boston last season, and he stands at 3-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 50.1 career innings against the Red Sox. This time Hector Velazquez who took the ball and fired five innings of two-run ball after spending most of the last 10 days in the Sox' bullpen. He initially stayed in the game and had another at-bat in the second inning before being replaced by Blake Swihart before the top of the fourth.
Then Ramirez stepped up and jacked a hanging slider over the Green Monster for a no-doubter.
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski fielded questions about Ramirez as early as the general managers' meetings last November.
The Boston Red Sox can not stop winning.
"That went well", Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday.
"You know when you visit someone and they're confident and they tell you things you want to hear?" Boston has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total went over in four of those seven. Out of all the guys, for whatever reason he was locked in and he was the guy we were really paying attention to, because he was hitting line drives all over the place.
In the third inning, Martinez belted his third homer of the season and his first to right field at Fenway.
" ... When (Ramirez) is locked in, when he's healthy, he's very risky. This is the best team in the world hitting right now, and you're never going to get ready for that". Chris Davis and Trey Mancini each went 2 for 4 with a double while Anthony Santander added a two-bagger of his own and Manny Machado and Adam Jones each contributed a base knock to finish the offense for Baltimore in the loss. "He's only going to get better and better".
Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin each added two hits from the bottom two spots in the order. We've got a lot more other worries than Alex Cobb pitching.