And the Gonzalez streak goes on

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And the Gonzalez streak goes on

If you're keeping track at home and if you are, that's frankly kind of weird Adrian Gonzalez has now gone 106 at-bats without a home run. It's an awful stretch. Beyond frustrating. How frustrating? Gonzalez is only five at-bats short of surpassing Albert Pujols' homerless drought from earlier this season. And as we all know, Pujols is far and away the game's worst hitter.

But, Gonzalez is giving The Artist Formerly Known As Albert a run for his money, and so far, has tried just about everything to break out of the slump.

He's tried praying. He's tried getting angry. He's tried calling his shot. He's tried saying, "Screw it! I don't care! Let's just have some fun and see what happens!!"

Nothing has worked.

But with that being said, here's one reason to be optimistic that THIS will be the weekend that Gonzalez finally loses one.

According to Baseball-Reference, there are 38 pitchers against whom Gonzalez has hit more than one career home run. Livan Hernandez and Matt Cain are atop the list, having each given up four. Danny Haren, Jamie Moyer, Aaron Harang, Homer Bailey and Jorge de la Rosa are next with three gopher balls a piece. And then there are 31 guys who have served up two Gonzalez dongs (Ummm). Among the dudes on this list are: Cole Hamels who will take the mound tonight and Joe Blanton who will do the same tomorrow.

Hey, it may not be easy to stay optimistic these days, but those numbers count for something. And as for Cliff Lee (who will pitch for Philly on Sunday)? Gonzalez has taken him deep, too back in June of 2010.

Here's hoping it's not June of 2012 before AG hits another.

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Scott's taste of big-league life with Red Sox has him hungering for more

Scott's taste of big-league life with Red Sox has him hungering for more

CHESNUT HILL -- The Red Sox Rookie Development Program is designed to help young players prepare for what playing at the major-league level is like,. That can be valuable for a prospect like Rafael Devers, who hasn’t even made it to Double-A.

But of the eight-man cast at the workout this year, there’s one guy who actually has major-league experience.

Robby Scott joined the Red Sox as a September call-up last season and turned some heads, holding opponents scoreless over six innings of work.

Now the lefty is back working with younger guys to prepare himself for spring training -- something he’s itching to get started.

“It’s one thing that we always talk about,” the left-handed reliever told CSNNE.com “It’s a tough road to get there, but it’s an even tougher and harder road to stay there. And having that taste in September last year was incredible to be a part of it.”

That taste Scott had last fall has only made the desire to rejoin Boston greater.

“Yeah, because now you know what it’s like,” Scott said CSNNE.com. “You see it and you’re there and you’re a part of it. And it’s like, ‘Man, I wanna be there.’ You’re a little bit more hungry.”

And his hunger to pitch with the Red Sox only becomes greater at an event like this where he’s the only one with MLB time.

“They ask on a consistent basis,” Scott started, “ ‘What’s it like?’ ‘What was it like getting there the first day?’ ‘How did the guys react?’ ‘What was it like dealing with the media?’

“That’s what this program is here for, just to kind of gives these guys a little taste of what it is like and get familiar with the circumstances.

While the experience and constant discussion invites players to try to do more in the offseason or change their routine, the 27-year-old has stayed the course, trusting what’s gotten him there.

“The offseason training stays the same, nothing really changes on that side of things,” Scott said. “Nothing changes. Go about my business the way I have the last six, seven years.”

Red Sox prospect Sam Travis 'not at all' worried about knee

Red Sox prospect Sam Travis 'not at all' worried about knee

CHESNUT HILL -- Kyle Schwarber made his triumphant return to the Cubs lineup in the 2016 World Series after missing the regular season with a torn ACL. Only months after the Cubs outfielder tore his ACL, Schwarber’s teammate from Indiana University -- and Red Sox prospect -- Sam Travis suffered the very same injury, missing the end of 2016.

“I actually talked to [Schwarber] quite a bit,” Travis said following the group training session. “He was one step ahead of me at all times . . . He gave me the lowdown, told me that it was like.

“With this kind of injury and the activity we do on a daily basis, it’s going to be something you take care of the rest of your life. Whether it’s treatment or the training room, you’re going to get to 100 percent. But you’re still going to have to take care of it."

Now the first baseman is back on his feet and was even healthy enough to join his teammates in lateral movement drills at the Red Sox rookie development program at Boston College.

If you didn’t know any better while watching him, you’d think the injury never happened. And that’s how Travis is approaching it.

“Not at all [worried about it],” Travis told CSNNE.com. “It’s one of those things you kind of pretend it’s just like your normal knee. You don’t do anything different because that may injury something else. You don’t want to try to prevent something from happening because you my pull your hip or something like that.

“You’ve just gotta go about it and trust yourself.”

That’s a great sign for Travis in his climb to joining the big league club. Getting over the physical portion of an injury takes time, but there’s usually a proven system set in place.

The mental side is another animal entirely and varies from player to player.

Luckily for the Red Sox, Travis doesn’t overthink much of anything.

“Nah, I’m a pretty simple guy,” he said.