Red Sox minor leaguer Light still hard at work

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Red Sox minor leaguer Light still hard at work

Last season, his first professional season, was an education for Pat Light.

The right-hander was the Red Sox third pick in the first round (37th overall) in the June draft out of Monmouth University in New Jersey. He made 12 starts for Low-A Lowell, posting a record of 0-2 with a 2.37 ERA. In 30 13 innings, he recorded 30 strikeouts, with 27 hits and five walks, for a 6.00 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, an 8.9 strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio, and a WHIP of 1.055.

It went well, Light said. It definitely went well. It was a little frustrating at times. In Boston they like to keep an eye on their young guys and make sure theyre not being overused. Im very OK with that. I dont mind at all. I know they know what theyre doing. We had some tough times as far as the team was concerned in the middle of the year. I would have liked to pitch more and help them out. But I understand. Its a little bit different now. Its not college. Its more of a business-type feel for it. But it was a great year. I loved the guys on the team. It was a great team. It was an awesome year in general.

Now, Light, who turns 22 in March, is adjusting to his first offseason.

Its new for me because my whole life, especially in college, you dont get an offseason, Light said. You play in the fall, you start up in the winter and play all spring and all summer and you start back up in the fall. So its new. Its a little different to have all this free time. But Im enjoying it. Its been fun. Working out a lot. Cant complain, its not a bad job to have.

Light, whose hometown of Colts Neck, NJ, was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, is currently in California, meeting with his new agent, Scott Boras.

The season, he said, was a bit of an eye opener.

I think the biggest thing for me, I think for any player moving up to the next level, you need that little bit of confidence, he said. All it takes is a little bit of knowing you can pitch well. Saying, OK, I actually can pitch here. You still have that little doubt in your mind: Gee, can I pitch at this level? Its good to have that little bit of confidence to know that you can keep going. I didnt get a lot out of the season because I didnt get to pitch that much. I learned a lot. But I think the biggest thing for me was that I got that little bit of confidence to know that I can move on.

In his final three outings, he recorded nine scoreless innings, giving up four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.

You always want to end good, said Light. This past year I think I strung together about two or three good starts. I thought that was a good way to head into the offseason. You can feel good about yourself walking into the spring training complex in February. I enjoyed that. It was a good way to end it.

In addition to his innings with Lowell, Light pitched 101 13 innings for Monmouth, then threw in the Instructional League in September. By that point, he felt good, but he felt the effects of the workload.

In my last start with Lowell I still felt strong, he said. But when I went to Instructional League for three weeks I started feeling it. I was up to about 140 innings, which is the most Ive ever pitched in my life. And I think that was when I started feeling a little bit of fatigue, my arm started tiring, everything mechanically started going a little haywire. It took till about the end of September, early October when I started feeling tired, which was a good sign that I was strong till then. But I did feel it at the end of the season there.

In December hell begin his throwing program, and hell go to Fort Myers for a few days in for the Sox strength and conditioning camp. After that, hell get ready for his first spring training and first full professional season.

Im just hoping to keep moving up, keep doing better, keep refining my skills and my pitches, he said. My pitches still need some work. My mechanics still need a little bit of work. Hopefully I just keep getting better and learning more things, and hopefully Ill keep moving up and be in the big leagues in a couple of years or so.

Everyone says Im living the dream now. But I dont see it that way. Its not the minor leagues thats the dream. Its the big leagues. So I got a little ways to go. So Im still working.

Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches. 

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES:

"It's one of those freak things. You don't plan on it happening, but it's one of those things. So we'll just see what the results say and move on from there.'' - Andrew Benintendi on his knee injury.

"That's kind of a routine 3-1 play. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when you've got two outs and a guy on the move. But that's a routine play.'' - John Farrell on the deciding play in which Heath Hembree couldn't hold onto the ball at first.

"I felt good. I felt strong.I felt good out there the whole game.'' - Rick Porcello, asked how he felt going back out for the eighth inning.

"I think everybody in the ballpark knew that that ball was leaving.'' - Porcello, on the hanging curveball to Evan Longoria.

 

NOTES:

* The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Rays for the Red Sox.

* Three of the four Red Sox walk-off losses this season have occurred because of errors.

* The homer by Evan Longoria was his first off Rick Porcello in 40 career at-bats.

* Rick Porcello has now pitched seven innings or more in six straight starts, the longest run for a Red Sox starter since John Lackey did it in 2013.

* David Ortiz is now the oldest player to ever hit 30 homers in a season

* Ortiz has now reached the 30-homer, 100-RBI level 10 times with the Red Sox, including the last four years in a row.

* The loss was the first of Heath Hembree's career, in his 67th major league appearance.

* Dustin Pedroia tied a career high with two stolen bases, the 12th time he's swiped two bases in the same game.

 

STARS:

1) Evan Longoria

The Rays were down to their final five outs when Longoria struck, hitting a game-tying homer off Rick Porcello.

2) Brad Miller

Miller's two-run double in the third enabled the Rays to stay close until Longoria's homer tied things up five innings later.

3) Rick Porcello

Porcello gave the Sox length and was brilliant in getting out of some early jams before settling in through the middle innings.