Recap - Sox win overshadowed by house-cleaning move

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

The Sox took care of some business both on and off the field with some changes in the front office, and a 9-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.

Boston hammered out 16 hits in the win led by Brock Holt with three and David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval and Blake Swihart who each had two.

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Ortiz ripped an RBI double in the first inning to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead and added four more runs in the second to pull away. Mookie Betts (pictured) had three RBI's.

Eduardo Rodriguez was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst. He allowed six hits over eight innings, striking out five and not issuing a walk. His record improved to 7-5.

Off the field, the Red Sox started the off-season house cleaning with the announcement that former Expos, Marlins and Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has been hired as president of baseball operations effective immediately. Ben Cherington, who has been with the team in one capacity or another since 1999, declined the opportunity to stay on as general manager. He will remain for the time being to help with Dombrowsi's transition.

In a statement released by the club, principal owner John Henry stated, "I have known Dave very well for a long time...and I have no doubts that Dave is the right person to strengthen our baseball operations group going forward. He is one of the most highly regarded executives in all of baseball, and had options to go with other clubs. We feel very fortunate that he wanted to come to Boston, and wanted to further his career, now with the Red Sox, as one of the great architects of winning baseball clubs."

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