Adrian Gonzalez: AL Player of the Week

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Adrian Gonzalez: AL Player of the Week

After this weekend's disaster against the Blue Jays, there's very little news aside from maybe trading Josh Beckett or a Fenway brick liquidation sale that would improve the ugly attitude that's taken over Red Sox Nation.

For instance: Adrian Gonzalez has been named American League Player of the Week!

See?

But since we spent so much time ranking on Gonzalez for his early struggles, it's worth taking a second to recognize his success.

According to the people who keep track this sort of thing, this is the sixth Player of the Week award of Gonzalez's career. He batted .429 (12-for-28) with three home runs, 12 RBI and five runs scored in seven games from July 15-22.

But more interesting than a silly Player of the Week award is a hit chart that was just tweeted out by ESPN Stats & Info. Go ahead. Have a look.

It shows that since June 26, Gonzalez is hitting .484 on at-bats that end on an outside pitch. This after hitting .210 before that.

This isn't an enormous surprise, seeing how often Gonzalez has gone to the opposite field recently. But it's another very encouraging sign for the Sox apathetic slugger. You can tell he's really found a groove. And when you consider that in another week or so, he'll likely be hitting fifth behind, Ellsbury, Crawford, Pedroia and Ortiz, it's safe to say there will be a few extra ducks on the pond when Gonzalez does his damage. That's good news.

And so is the Player of the Week award, I guess, even if it pales in comparison to the Sox recent struggles.

However, there's one slightly scary footnote on all this:

The last time Gonzalez won Player of the Week?

August 28, 2011

Let's hope the Sox respond better this time around.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Pedro Martinez to WEEI: Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez to WEEI: Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”