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Price detects flaw in delivery

 

David Price had a  good discussion with reporters today, detecting  some flaws he picked up,  with help from Dustin  Pedroia.

What did he find? “I mean still execution, absolutely. But you know I had a good talk with Pedey today, he showed me some stuff. You know he was just watching video of himself hitting off lefties and I came into that video and he showed me — you know, we were talking in the food room — and he was like, ‘Man, something, you know something doesn’t like right. Something looks a little off.’ And he showed me a picture of myself in 2012, 13, 14, and then you know, what I’ve done so far this year. It’s a simple fix for myself to not be able to feel that, or to pick up on that, to me that’s the most frustrating thing. ‘Cause I know I’m very good at making adjustments on the fly and you know I didn’t pick that up. It’s something I’ve said many times — I’ve said it this year, whenever I talk to other pitchers or to you know at baseball camps, it’s something that I always say. I want my hands and my right leg or my right knee to be connected by a string. Whenever my knee goes up, I want my hands to go up. Whenever my knee goes back down, I want my hands to go back down.

“My hands have stayed right here. And that’s not allowing me to get my full leg lift. It’s been about a half of a leg lift of what I’m used to and it takes away you know the rhythm of what I do out there on the mound and whenever my hands stay here, I have to be able to time it up perfect for me to be able to execute that pitch. It gives me no margin of error because I don’t have that rhythm.

“I’m not putting myself in my normal power position, absolutely. My leg lift, it at least comes up to my belt if not a little bit higher. And for right now, it’s getting about right here — it’s almost a slidestep out of the windup. And you know I’ll fix that tomorrow and hopefully Thursday I’ll go out there and I’ll be back to my normal self.

Nice to have  Pedroia help out? “Absolutely, it’s definitely appreciated. We’re 25 pieces to a puzzle. Everybody has to do their job. And I’m always talking to hitters, young old it doesn’t matter. I’m sitting in the cage, I’m watching ‘em swing. If they ask me something, I want to tell ‘em what I think, how certain pitchers are gonna pitch them. What I look for with certain hitters, whether their hands start real high or they start open and they close themselves off, how I would attack that hitter. Everybody can help everybody. And to have Pedey kind of — it took two minutes. It’s easy, and it’s something I definitely appreciated and I’ll make the according adjustments and get back out there.

 

“It’s tough. This is definitely a time period where I wanted to throw the baseball well. You know, to come here and to not pitch you know the way that I know that I’m capable of with a new team and you know a team that I’ve been a rival against for pretty much six seasons. I wanted to, I know my teammates know how I can throw that baseball and I know our fan base knows that as well. I definitely wanted to start off well, because that’s — whenever you put yourself behind the 8-ball like I’ve done, it makes it tough. It does. But I’m going to be alright. I’m going to bounce back from this, I’m going to get through this and I’m going to finish strong.”

 

You seem relieved? “Absolutely. And when he said it, so much stuff clicked. It makes so much sense. To me that’s the most frustrating part. Whatever my ERA, is a 7, or whatever it is, that’s frustrating. But, to know that it’s something so small and to not be able to pick up on that, even before I pitch every game, I’m watching video and I’m into the things that I see, and to to not be able to pick up on that, that’s not like me. It stinks.”

Salary in your head? “I don’t think so. I really don’t. I don’t think about the amount of money I make.  Honestly, I don’t, every 14 or 15 days when we get paid, I don’t’ know what my paycheck looks like. I’m not going to ask my agent. I’m not going to sit down and do the math. I don’t spend money. I don’t live a lavish lifestyle. I wear free Jordan stuff  to the field every day. The money that I spend is probably on Amazon and that’s with stuff I need for the house and stuff like that. I’m the same guy. I’m not going to let my struggles affect me. The amount of money that I make, I’m not going to change. I can’t change. I love this game. I put everything I have into it. It’s why I show up to the field the time that I show up and the reason I work as hard as I work. I love it.”

Pressure not getting to you? “That’s the guy I’ve been since I was 14 years old. I’ve been looked at  as that guy for as long as I can remember. It’s not new to me, honestly. I feel like that’s the norm. That’s something I feel like I’ve always been able to handle and I’m not pitching well because of that. I’m just, I haven’t pitched well. I know that I will and I know that my teammates and my coaching staff, they have that confidence in me to be able to turn it around. This is the worst seven-game stretch I’ve ever had in my career, I think. I’m pretty sure it is. For me, I know, it’s got to get better [knocks on wood], it can’t get any worse than what’s going on right now. It’s tough but I’m mentally strong. I can get through this.”

Worry that your performance has hurt team? “I guess our bullpen could have logged less innings. We’ve had other guys that have picked up that slack. Porcello has thrown the ball really well. Buchholz has pitched well his past couple of starts deep in the game. Steven Wright, he’s been phenomenal all year long. I’ve been the weakest link. That’s unacceptable from my end but the other four guys, they’ve picked it up. They’ve picked up my slack. That’s what good teams do.”

Affecting you off the field? “I try and let it go whenever I leave the field. I don’t want it to affect my relationships outside of baseball. I don’t want it to trickle into my family or to my girlfriend or just my friends. That was tough, absolutely. I didn’t lose sleep. I went to sleep probably a little earlier last night than I would have but I wanted to get back to the field tomorrow, flush it, and get here to do my work.”

Biggest takeaway? “Probably just trying to get on top of the baseball. Not being on the side and that’s an adjustment that I’ll go through and it looks different right now but I think it can also cause a lot of good things as  well.”

Farrell returns; so does Lovullo

Just as everyone was arriving to the ballpark for Game Number 162, the Red Sox announced that John Farrell will return as manager in 2016. Torey Lovullo signed a new two-year deal to stay on as bench coach, and continue to lend support as Farrell battles back from Stage 1 lymphona.

Here was the reaction of former Red Sox manager Terry Francona:

“I actually didn’t know it needed to be news. I really didn’t. So I’m not sure how to react because I didn’t know that it necessarily needed to be news. I guess I always figured he would. I’ve been so fixated on him as a friend and what he’s going through that I’ve really never thought about it. I never even thought to ask him. In all the conversations, I never thought to ask him. I guess as much as we all care about baseball, when that enters into it, I really never thought to even bring it up.”

Here was the reaction of Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia:

“That’s the thought the players had all along. We’re hoping that John recovers what he’s going through and can’t wait to get him back.  It’s going to be good to have John back healthy and around the guys again. That’s’ everyone’s first concern, health. We want him to be back to normal and be fine. If he is, he’s obviously going to be our manager.”

 

Here was the reaction of Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski:

 

“John’s case, and have been consistent and meaningful in his situation that I told him all along that he needs to be healthy, first and foremost. He finished his last chemo treatments, this round, this past week. At some point, we needed to move forward and kind of set where we’re going into the future. I called John yesterday and when we’ve had conversations, all of our conversations that we’ve had, which hasn’t been as numerous as would normally be the case if he was healthy of course, have always been towards 2016. But I never really gave him that 100 percent that, I had always given him the indication, but needed to be in a position where it basically closed that loop. Yesterday, I called him back and said we’re ready to step forward to do this. ”

“The problem with it is the process of his health is still first and foremost. All indications are good. He will have some tests again in about three weeks to see where he stands at that point so in his case it’s a  situation where in three weeks he’ll have a little bit better feel. But right now, he feels as if he will be OK for next year to move forward. The doctors have given that indication. The difficulty becomes, and I’m not an expert on this, so I cannot claim to give you any special insight, other than what doctors have told me a couple of times that I’ve talked to people, when you go through what John is going through, which is of course, major, the feelings are that he will be in a spot where 97 percent of the time you come through from a health perspective on this.

“Sometimes you don’t feel up to 100 percent for three to six months, is what people tell me. I do know that. I’m just telling you what the doctors have told me. I also think that the commitment’s made to John, he’ll be our manager for 2016, he should be fine. But I also want to make sure, how do we protect ourselves in case when you put six months, and again, I’m not sure it’s going to be six  months, I hope it’s three months, and if it’s three months, the time frame works out well. But what happens if it’s six months? We’re already into the start of next season. You’re also in a position where you start talking about spring training, preparation for Spring Training, it’s a great time of year but it also can be a grueling time of year and I don’t want that extra stress on him to feel that I’ve got to be ready, I’ve got to be ready.

“Trying to come up with what ideally would be a fallback plan if he just wasn’t quite up to par. Thought long and hard about it. Have been very impressed of course with Torey and Torey’s done a great job for us. I don’t think he could have handled himself any better than what he has, not only running the club in John’s absence, taking control, but also always giving the proper authority to John and staying in contact with John, knowing it’s John’s team. So I had a thought that perhaps this would be a way that it would work, to protect ourselves. I didn’t know how Torey would feel about it. I ran it through John Henry and Tom Werner a couple of weeks ago my thought processes and how it would work in approaching Torey about staying on board to see if he’d be willing to do that. Offered him the two-year contract, but it wasn’t about that with Torey. It was really a situation where he thought about the scenario. He’s very committed to the Red Sox organization, very committed to John, so he has given up his ability to interview for next year as a manager. He made that commitment to the organization. We’re very thankful for what he has done. I think it’s a situation where hopefully we’re protected as well as we possibly can. Hopefully John’s back, he’s feeling great, he’s ready to go. If for some reason, he’s a little slower to come back or not 100 percent, his trusted right-hand, lieutenant is there for him to help him at that point, so that’s really how we went with it.”

Here was the reaction of Torey Lovullo on going back to his bench role, but being available in case John Farrell still isn’t feeling 100 percent:

“Like I said, I’m a processor, so I got as much information as I possibly could and I thought about a lot of things. That was one of the main reasons, is that I want to see that process through. I want to be here for John, I want to assist John in any way I possibly can, and I want to make sure it lines up the way it’s supposed to line up before I ran out on him, is how I’m looking at it.”

 

 

 

Here is Dombrowski’s reaction on if things could become awkward if the Red Sox get off to a slow start under Farrell, given  Lovullo’s success as interim manager.

“Not really, for the simple fact that he’s John’s guy. John is the one who brought him on board. He’s his closest confidant. That’s his bench coach. I think what ends up happening is, there’s always speculation in today’s world about what takes place if the club is not playing well. Hopefully that won’t be the case. Hopefully the club will play well. But it’s a situation – I can’t think of a situation where he’d be more comfortable with someone. That’s John’s guy.”

Here is Lovullo’s reaction on being secure enough in himself to feel comfortable passing  on managerial openings that might arise in the coming days.

“I’ve learned that being a major-league manager is all about timing and opportunity. They don’t come up all the time. Whether this enhances my ability to manage one day or not is out of my control, as it has been since Day One. I’m just going to continue doing my thing the way I know how, and the right situation will pop up if it’s supposed to happen. I’m a big believer in timing. We’ll see what happens once things move in the direction that I could possibly correspond with a team. For right now, for one year, it’s not going to be a possibility.”

 

March 6: Marlins at Red Sox

By Ian Browne/MLB.com

Here we go. Ready for the first day game after the night game of Spring Training.

Opponent: Miami Marlins (0-1).

TV/Radio: None (So make sure to follow my tweets and stories for everything you miss).

Today’s lineup: Betts CF; Holt SS; Ortiz DH; Ramirez LF; Victorino RF; Nava 1B; Hanigan C; Cecchini 3B; Weeks 2B.

Starting matchup: Justin Masterson vs. Tom Koehler.

Available out of bullpen: Owens, Uehara, Layne, Ross, Hembree, Couch, Paulino.

Recent stories of interest on redsox.com

Pedroia, Bogaerts have impactful starts at plate: http://m.redsox.mlb.com/news/article/111455118/xander-bogaerts-dustin-pedroia-get-off-to-powerful-starts-for-red-sox

Kelly struggles in Spring Opener: http://m.redsox.mlb.com/news/article/111457362/red-sox-pitcher-joe-kelly-struggles-in-first-grapefruit-league-start

Bradley comes out swinging against Twins: http://m.redsox.mlb.com/news/article/111459906/red-sox-outfielder-jackie-bradley-jr-comes-out-swinging-against-twins

Some good, old-fashioned t-shirt fun: http://m.redsox.mlb.com/news/article/111406038/clay-buchholz-has-t-shirts-made-for-red-sox-starting-rotation

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Farrell talks Sox

Red Sox manager John Farrell discussed several topics today at his annual State of the Winter Meetings address. Here is a sampling:

On the bullpen:   “”Well, first, I think having Koji in place to go back to a closer is a key part of the bullpen. He and Junichi’s presence back there are guys that have been good performers for us in high‑leverage situations. We still have some needs there. And that is yet to be addressed.     So I’m confident, and I think we’re all confident that the resources are here to bring in the best available guys.”

Will Burke Badenhop return? “He is a guy that we’ve had conversations about. And yet there’s a fairly large number of pitchers that are still available. As Burke is going to have options where he might go. He did a great job for us last year. We’re still addressing all those needs, starter and bullpen.”

How many starters do the Red Sox need? “We’ve looked at two spots in the rotation as being the need to fill. How those are filled remains to be seen, but that’s the approach right now.”

On where things stand with Cespedes: “We’ve talked about the potential position that he could find himself in from a defensive alignment. Center field and right field are both options for him. We know we have a deep and talented group of outfielders. And Ben has been on record and it’s been mentioned that the potential exists for one of those guys to be dealt. Who that is we don’t know. But we have the luxury of a deep lineup and a deep position player group right now and that includes a number about of outfielders.”

How is Pedroia? “He’s doing great. He really is. He’s able to swing the bat a little bit off the tee. Physically the strength and the range of motion continues to improve. And I think one of the more exciting things as we go into and begin to get closer to Spring Training is getting Pedroia back to 100 percent health and strength.”

How is Victorino? “The volume is going to be our guide on how he responds to that. Everything points to him being on the field and in full baseball activity whether camp starts up. There’s been frequent conversation with Vic and some video he will send himself and the workouts he’s going through. He’s in a good place physically and mentally right now.”

What does Victorino mean to the Red Sox? “When we look back to 2014, the first year that he was here, he did such a great job for us, he impacted the game in a number of ways each day he’s on the field. He’s a vocal leader, he leads by example. And we missed him when he was out of lineup.”

Plans for Mookie Betts? “Positionally we still see him as an outfielder. We’ve talked about a deep outfield group. But the one thing that’s been impressive of Mookie, when we look back in the three different times he came up, there was tangible improvements and adjustments he made with each return trip to the Big Leagues.  For a young player he’s got such a unique combination of on‑base ability and strike zone awareness. He’s a good‑looking player. And you kind of marvel at the aptitude he shows at an early age. And that’s an exciting thing.”

 Mookie at the top? “I think as we get through the remainder of this offseason we’ll have a clearer picture of that. And certainly once we assemble in Ft. Myers, those things will be worked through as we get there. But the work that Mookie did last year and how he profiles, there’s a strong candidate to be in the top part of the order.”

 Important to have steady leadoff hitter? “Ideally. I think we always strive to have continuity in the lineup. Guys that come into the ballpark they know when they’re going in the lineup each and every day, they have a general idea where they’re going to be within positions in the lineup. And I think that sits well with guys, just that common thought and understanding.”

Favorite for the leadoff spot? “I hink we’ve got all our in‑house candidates that are there. Mookie being the strongest at this point. But that’s not to anoint him the opening day leadoff guy.”

Allen Craig? “Like every other player, there’s routine checkups, whether that’s as Pat or others will travel out to witness their workouts and check in with them by phone. He’s having what would be considered a normal offseason, and that’s getting past the foot injury he went into. And we fully expect him to be back to full capacity.”

Butterfield: Pedroia most impactful defender in game

Nobody was more excited than Red Sox infield instructor Brian Butterfield over Dustin Pedroia winning his fourth Gold Glove, and second consecutive.

“I really feel like he impacted his position more than anybody else has impacted any position in baseball,” Butterfield said by phone. “I think he’s the defensive player of the year. I think until the day they take the uniform off him, he’s always going to be looking for ways to get better.”

“When I vote for the Gold Glove, I look at a lot more than just flash and flare and all the things that make SportsCenter,” said Butterfield. “There’s so much that goes into it. You can see how guys prepare, the way they play, the way they back up bases, the way they get their uniforms dirty, and for me, he is the benchmark for all defenders in our league.”

“When we do our stuff in Spring Training, and we introduce it or talk about it as a a team out on the field, there you see Number 15 front and center,” Butterfield said. “He’s front and center right next to the person talking. It makes you feel good. It’s the same way if manager John [Farrell] is addressing the club or [bench coach] Torey [Lovullo]. It doesn’t matter.

“There’s number 15 front and center where everyone on the team sees him. I think it creates an atmosphere where other people see him and say, ‘well this guy is really intense and really attentive to what we’re doing so I better get in line too.”’

Lester scratched from start; trade talks continue

The Red Sox did nothing to diminish rumors that Jon Lester will be traded to a contender when they scratched him from Wednesday night’s start against the Blue Jays.

“Yeah, Brandon Workman will start tomorrow,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “In light of all the uncertainty surrounding Jon Lester, it’s probably in everyone’s best interests that he does not make that start, so Brandon will be recalled. There will be a corresponding move roster-wise at some point tomorrow.”

By scratching Lester from his Wednesday start, the Red Sox could increase the urgency of their suitors to sweeten their offer in advance of Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Also, Lester becomes more attractive to a potential suitor if he can pitch immediately after a trade, rather than having to wait until Monday.

Numerous teams have talked to the Red Sox about Lester, and there was a lot of buzz about the Pirates on Tuesday. The Dodgers are another possible destination, though they’ve thus far been unwilling to part with the type of top prospects (Corey Seager, Joc Pederson) the Red Sox seek. The Marlins have also expressed interest, according to Jim Bowden of MLB Network radio.

While Red Sox veterans were still hoping the lefty would stay, they were bracing for the possibility of his exit.

“Yeah, it’s tough,” said Dustin Pedroia, who came up with Lester through the farm system and has won a pair of World Series titles with him. “We’re not teammates – we’re family. It’s something you don’t like going through. It makes you feel worse. We don’t want to be in this position. I know a lot of guys feel that if you play up to your capability … we should be adding instead of subtracting. Hopefully he’s here.”

Pedroia back; Napoli out

As the Red Sox welcomed one key hitter back to the lineup in Dustin Pedroia, they lost another — at least for the night — in Mike Napoli.

Pedroia is leading off tonight, with Bogaerts hitting second and Gomes hitting fourth. Napoli dislocated his left ring finger on Tuesday night in a gruesome-looking head-first dive into second.

He is day-to-day.

Daniel Nava will play first base in Napoli’s absence tonight.

Pedroia relieved, hopes to play Wednesday

Dustin Pedroia admits he had some concern that something was seriously wrong with his left hand. Instead, it was just inflammation, and the invaluable second baseman could be back in the lineup as early as Wednesday.

“Very [relieved].” Pedroia said. “If it was broke, I would have been out a long time. It’s good news. Hopefully I’ll be in there tomorrow. They gave me a shot to calm everything down. Hopefully, it takes, they say 24 to 48 hours to kick in and then get out there and go.”

More on the injury: “Yeah, I was a little bit worried. It was getting worse every day. it happens. I get taken out every day. it’s my job. I just felt like it was part of the deal. I’m still obviously doing the rehab on my thumb stuff. they wanted me to get checked out and make sure everything is fine.”

What is the issue? “Just inflammation in this area spot in my wrist. It was basically with my rehab stuff with my thumb. Just a spot where I got caught in a weird angle when I got taken out. everything just got inflamed and then I keep swinging and playing, it just adds up and so, you think something is really wrong.”

He hopes it doesn’t linger.  “Yeah, that’s why I’m not playing today. I’m trying to strangle John and get in there but you know if one more day can, this can go away, that’s great.”

Odds and ends from college doubleheader

The Red Sox of 2014 have played baseball for the first time, albeit against college opponents Northeastern and Boston College.

Northeastern lefty has moment to remember: The most entertaining portion of the afternoon was when Northeastern lefty James Mulvy — a West Roxbury native and Boston Latin School graduate — struck out Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz back-to-back.

Yes, the kid will have something to talk about when he holds court on the quad between classes this spring. And Ortiz doesn’t blame him if he wants to brag.

“I was just trying to see if I could get a strike to hit or whatever. He ended up throwing me a nasty breaking ball, whatever it was. He can party tonight,” Ortiz said.

Comeback story:  It’s doubtful Grady Sizemore will party tonight, but he has reason to be excited after playing his first baseball game since Sept. 22, 2011. Sizemore, an ongoing storyline this spring, went 0-for-2 in his debut.

“Exciting,” said Sizemore. “I was looking forward to it for a couple of days now. I was happy to get out there and get back into games.”

A more comfortable De La Rosa: Rubby De La Rosa, one of the pitchers the Red Sox got back in the August, 2012 blockbuster with the Dodgers, appeared at ease in firing two shutout innings against BC. The righty has been working on his mechanics and is much more familiar with the organization than when he arrived in Fort Myers a year ago.

“I just see a more relaxed guy on the mound,” said John Farrell. “Yeah, I think the second year past, or second year of pitching further away from Tommy John is going to lend to that. He’s come into camp I thought in pretty good shape physically. And all those things combined, I think it was a product of what we saw today.”

A Workman-like effort: After what he did under fire last season, Brandon Workman would be almost a sure thing to make most rosters this spring. But the Red Sox are loaded in the pitching department and there might have to be an injury for Workman to make the team out of Spring Training. He was solid against Northeastern, firing two clean innings.

“It’s a tribute to the focus and the concentration that he’s gained a reputation of coming through the system, what he showed last year in the two different roles in which he pitched,” Farrell said. “And today he comes out, he attacks the strike zone, showed a good breaking ball. I think in addition to him, overall, it was a good day on the mound.”

Tomorrow’s activity: The Red Sox open the Grapefruit League portion of their schedule on Friday, when the Twins make the short bus ride to JetBlue Park. Anthony Ranaudo, the talented righty Pedro Martinez touted earlier in the week, will draw the start against the Twins. Manager John Farrell said the entire starting infield of Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks will be in the lineup.

Pedroia back up top

Without Jacoby Ellsbury for a while, the Red Sox might be doing some improvising in the lineup.

There is a clear example of that tonight as Dustin Pedroia bats leadoff for the first time since 2009. In ’09, Pedroia was a .219 hitter in 25 games.

More on the lineup decision in a bit when we speak with manager John Farrell.

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