Belichick gives Red Sox pre-game talk

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Belichick gives Red Sox pre-game talk

It's no secret: The Red Sox need to turn the page from 2011. Badly.

Who better to talk to the team about moving forward than Bill Belichick? He's Mr. It Is What It Is, the world's most reluctant rehasher, the man whose gaze is constantly focused on the week ahead and nothing else?

Bobby Valentine brought in the Patriots head coach to address the team at Fort Myers before their game on Tuesday night.

"I think he used a little reference to when things dont go right, you can turn the page," Valentine said after the game. "New years are new years, make the best of them that you can make.

"He follows our team. It's not like he just dropped out of Mars to say, 'Hey how you doing?' He kind of gets it.''

Valentine left tickets for Belichick after Belichick explained that he was in the area and looking to see the game. Valentine and Belichick have known each other since Valentine was with the Mets and Belichick was with the Jets so it didn't take a whole lot of convincing to get Belichick to talk to the team before the game.

Belichick is an avid baseball fan and very good friends with former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. He wore a La Russa jersey as he walked through the Patriots locker room one day during the World Series to show his support.

Belichick was close with Terry Francona and sorry to see him leave the Red Sox, but he was also excited for Valentine to get the managing gig at Fenway.

"Love Bobby. Great guy," Belichick said soon after hearing Valentine got the Red Sox job. "Great baseball guy. Love to talk to him. He's got a lot of energy.

"Don't get me wrong, I love Terry Francona. I had a great relationship with Bobby in New York. I went to several Mets games and stuff like that, watched Keyshawn Johnson throw out the opening pitch and all that. Bobby is a wonderful guy. I look forward to catching up with him and seeing him here."

On Tuesday night Belichick sat in the front row behind the screen and stayed for six innings.

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs

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Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Orioles.

 

QUOTES

"If he has a boy, he ought to make him Mookie after tonight's outing.'' - John Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr., who left the team for a paternity leave after Mookie Betts slugged three homers.

"I know each day that I've got it. I wake up, I know I have it. I come to the field, I know I have it.'' - Xander Bogaerts on his ongoing hitting streak.

"He's probably one of the few guys, every time I see him hit, I think he's going to hit a homer. He's just that presence that he has in the batter's box.'' - Bogaerts on Betts.

"This is probably my best night; first time I've ever done that.'' - Betts, when asked where the game ranks individually for him in his career.

"I wanted to locate the heater good, not force it too much, don't try to throw hard - just try to throw strikes.'' - Eduardo Rodriguez on his season debut.

 

NOTES:

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 24 games, second-longest in baseball this season.

* Bogaerts has hit safely in 36-of-38 games at a .399 clip with 33 runs scored and 23 driven in.

* Eduardo Rodriguez two runs or fewer in each of his three career starts at Camden Yards.

* The Sox had back-to-back homers (Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia) for the first time this season.

* Mookie Betts had a three-homer game for the first time in his career.

* Betts became the first Red Sox player to homer three times in the same game since Will Middlebrooks did so on April 7, 2013.

* The last time the Sox began a game with back-to-back homers was July 27, 2011 when Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia did so.

* The Red Sox scored multiple runs in the first inning for the 20th time in 51 games.

* David Ortiz extended his own hit streak to eight games.

 

STARS:

1) Mookie Betts

Betts belted three homers -- one to left, one to center and one to right -- for the first time in his career and also contributed a brilliant diving catch in right in the seventh inning.

2) Eduardo Rodriguez

Rodriguez made his season debut and allowed two runs on six hits through six innings and didn't issue a single walk while fanning three.

3) Chris Young

Getting a rare start in center, Young made a spectacular catch to likely rob Manny Machado of a two-run homer, while drawing a walk and adding a single and a run scored.