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Mookie Betts, Red Sox knew of Brian Cashman’s comments before weekend series

Connor Donahue
August 06, 2018 - 12:18 pm

Heading into a four-game series in Boston, Yankees GM Brian Cashman seemed confident in his team’s chances against the team with the best record in baseball.

“You wonder what their record would be if they weren’t playing us,” Cashman said. “Because when we go head to head, we do some damage against them and it doesn’t seem like anybody else is capable.”

“Doing damage” soon became a rallying cry across Red Sox Twitter during the weekend’s four-game sweep that saw the Red Sox build a 9.5-game lead in the AL East.

Sox outfielder Mookie Betts acknowledged that the team had seen the comments and responded with a yes when asked if the comments made the sweep even better.

"Sure, I guess," Betts told reporters after Sunday's win. "But I think we weren't paying it any attention. We know what we are, we know what we can do and we went out and showed it."

Before the series started, the Yankees owned a 5-4 lead in the season series and had outscored the Sox 53-49. Now, the Sox own an 8-5 lead and have outscored the Yanks 77-66.

Betts and the Red Sox exude a certain confidence that even when it’s 4-1 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth against flamethrower Aroldis Chapman, there’s always a feeling the game isn’t over.

"At no point did we think we were going to lose," Betts said. "I think the whole time coming in, keep it close and we could come back and make something happen. We don't ever give it up and obviously that showed."

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