Red Sox minor leaguers file for free agency

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Red Sox minor leaguers file for free agency

Fourteen minor league players from the Red Sox organization in 2012 have filed for free agency. The players are now free to talk with any team. While it is possible some of the players could return to the Sox for 2012, the Sox have already lost one player. Right-hander Michael Olmsted signed with the Brewers over the weekend and was added to their 40-man roster.

According to Baseball America, the following players have filed for free agency.

Pitchers:Billy Buckner, Yeiper Castillo, Caleb Clay, Nelson Figueroa, Will Inman, Mike MacDonald, Tony Pena, Jason Urquidez, Leonel Vasquez

Catchers:Mike Rivera

First baseman:Reynaldo Rodriguez

Third basemen:Andy LaRoche, Marquez Smith

Clay was the Red Sox fourth pick in the first round (supplemental, 44th overall) in 2006, behind outfielder Jason Place, their first pick and 27th overall, right-hander Daniel Bard (28th overall), and left-hander Kris Johnson (40th overall). In six minor league seasons, Clay, a righty pitcher, posted a combined record of 15-28, with 13 saves and a 4.70 ERA in 120 appearances, including 51 starts, but he did not get above Double-A.

(Place is no longer in baseball. Johnson is in the Pirates organization.)

Other players with ties to the Sox who have filed include (with their 2012 organization):
Josh Kroeger (Braves), Joel Pineiro (Orioles), Miguel Socolovich (Cubs), Niuman Romero (Tigers), Garrett Mock (Astros), Eammon Portice (Dodgers), Manny Delcarmen (Yankees), Gustavo Molina (Yankees), Hector Luna (Pirates), Chih-Hsien Chiang (Mariners), David Pauley (Mariners), Dusty Brown (Rangers) and Chorye Spoone (Blue Jays).

Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels ofAnaheim

Quotes:

"I tried to get two (outs) before I got one. That can't happen." - Hanley Ramirez on his throwing error which cost the Red Sox the game.

"Executing pitches - that's the name of the game." - David Price on improvement he showed from his last start.

"Fourth time through the order, middle of the lineup. . . Price had done his job. In a one-run game, we felt it was best to start a clean inning with a reliever." - John Farrell after lifting David Price after eight innings and 108 pitches.

Notes:

* Reliever Brad Ziegler was charged with the loss for the second straight game.

* Each of the last seven Red Sox losses has been by one or two runs.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 31 consecutive games.

* The Red Sox four-game losing streak is their longest of the season.

* The Sox are now 9-23 in their last 32 meetings with the Angels.

* David Price did not allow a run for the second time this season.

Stars:

1) David Price

After a stretch of shaky outings, Price did his job with eight scoreless innings, getting 14 outs on groundouts while walking just one.

2) Jered Weaver

At times, the radar gun made Weaver's pitches look like softball offerings. But mixing junk, he held the Sox to a single run over 5 1/3 innings

3) Mookie Betts

He had just one hit - single in the eighth - but his sacrifice fly in the third produced the only run of the night.

First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

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First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

First impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

1) David Price pitched in the truest sense

Price wasn't necessarily overpowering with only six strikeouts in eight innings, but he succeeded in keeping the ball down in the zone, resulting in a ton of groundouts.

In eight innings, the Angels produced just two flouts to the outfield, both of them routine.

Otherwise, Price deftly mixed his changeup, slider and two-seamer to produce ground balls. His location was more precise and he induced weak contact in at-bat after at-bat.

 

2) The danger of a closer like Brad Ziegler was on display

The throwing error by Hanley Ramirez resulted in two runs scoring but Ziegler allowed three base hits to set the stage.

Ziegler doesn't get a lot of swing-and-miss with his sinker; what he gets is a lot of balls put in play. When things are going well, that results in groundouts; when they're not, it means baserunners and strange things happening.

As inconsistent as Craig Kimbrel has been in some non-save situations, he at least has the ability to record strikeouts and keep balls out of play.  That's not the case with Zieger, as the Red Sox learned the hard way in Anaheim Thursday night.

3) The Red Sox wisely took advantage of Jered Weaver on the bases

Weaver's high leg kick and reliance on off-speed pitches make for a slow delivery time to the plate. Dustin Pedroia would have easily stole second in the first but made the mistake of going into his slide too far ahead of the bag, and though initially ruled safe, was deemed out after a replay challenge.

In the sixth, Xander Bogaerts, was more successful in his stolen base. Neither steal led to a run, but the Sox did put some additional pressure on Weaver