Box Score Bank: Seitzer goes for six

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Box Score Bank: Seitzer goes for six

The Twins are in town, and Sox excitement is at a low. So lets pass some time with a quick trip to the Box Score Bank.

Hows 25 years ago sound?

OK, good.

So here we go . . . August 2, 1987.

Beverly Hills Cop II was No. 1 at the box office. Bob Segers "Shakedown" was atop the Billboard charts. Two months earlier, Reagan told Gorbachev to TEAR DOWN THIS WALL; a month later, Michael Jackson released Bad. Bobby Valentine was in his third year as a Major League manager. Dustin Pedroia was 3 . . .

And over at Kaufman Stadium, Kansas Citys Kevin Seitzer was making history against the Red Sox.

Final Score: Royals 13, Red Sox 5

Seitzers line for the day: 6-for-6, with two home runs, four runs and seven RBI; a ridiculous performance that makes him one of only 15 American Leaguers to have six hits in a game since '87.

Its an interesting list of player, that includes Hall of Famers like Kirby Puckett and Cal Ripken Jr., forgotten heroes like Joe Randa and Kevin Reimer, and even Frank Catalanotto, who believe it or not, didnt have his big game against the Sox.

In fact, none of them did. That makes Seitzer the last opponent to have a six-hit a game against the Red Sox and it happened 25 years ago . . . TODAY. (I'll give you a second to pick your jaw up off the ground.)

As for the rest of the game, it was uglier than Willie McGee. Bob Stanley started for the Sox and gave up four runs in three and two thirds innings, while Steve Crawford and Calvin Schiraldi combined to surrender another nine.

Most of the Sox offense was a product of the great Dwight Evans, who hit two home runs and knocked in three. Sam Horn went 0-3 for the Sox, making this one of the few games that summer in which he didn't hit a bomb. Wade Boggs went 1-2 to improve his average to .371, and would go on to win the third of his four-straight AL batting titles.

Finally, let's wrap this up with a trivia question: Can you name the last Major Leaguer to have six hits in a game?

A hint: The date was August 11, 2009 in a game between the Brewers and Padres.

The answer: Right here

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

Bryan Holaday: David Price 'takes a lot of pride in what he does'

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Bryan Holaday: David Price 'takes a lot of pride in what he does'

BOSTON -- There have been a significant amount of question marks surrounding David Price throughout his inaugural season with the Boston Red Sox.

Is he an ace? Is he mentally tough enough? Can he handle Boston?

Just to name a few.

Much like any player imported to Boston, the claim “He can’t handle the pressure in Boston” arises every so often.

And Price hasn’t always been his own best friend, frequently relying on the line “It’s me going out there and making pitches,” in addition to the claim that he’s never satisfied.

Price’s mellow demeanor isn’t something Boston fans are accustomed to -- they prefer Rick Porcello snarling at opponents.

Sometimes it might have seemed as if he lacked a killer instinct or didn’t have a sense of urgency, but Bryan Holaday, who played with Price in Detroit, has seen that’s not the case.

‘I’m sure he [pressing], it’s the nature of this game,” Holaday said about Price’s struggles earlier in the season. “Everybody wants to be at their best all the time and it’s not easy to do.”

However, he says that knowing full well that Price won’t display those emotions -- to anyone.

“He does such a good job on the mental side of things that even if he was, you wouldn’t be able to tell,” Holaday said before Price’s start Saturday night. “He’s never going to express anything like that. If he was [pressing], it’s nothing that anyone would be able to notice.”

There’s a lot to be said for that, too. Although baseball is driven on analytics, there’s no question that mental game is crucial, especially in the clubhouse. And a fly on the wall can easily see that Price’s presence is not only respected, but enjoyed by his teammates in the clubhouse.

“Everyday he gets up he wants to get better and that’s what makes him so good,” Holaday said. “He has that drive to be better everyday and come out and do his job. He takes a lot of pride in what he does and works his ass off. That’s why he is who he is. Any pitcher at that level, you don’t get that way by luck.”

Price may never be Boston’s favorite pitcher.

He may never be the “ace” in everyone’s eyes.

But based on Holday’s interpretations from his time in Detroit and Boston, Price will work hard to turn his first few months with the Red Sox into a minor footnote of his career.

Saturday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. KC lefty Duffy

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Saturday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. KC lefty Duffy

The Red Sox look to end their three-game losing streak tonight when the play the middle game of their three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.

Against Royals' left-hander Danny Duffy (11-1, 2.66 ERA), the Red Sox start right-handed hitters Chris Young in left field and Aaron Hill at third base. Duffy has won his past 10 decisions and came into Saturday with the fifth-best ERA in the American League. He joined the rotation from the bullpen on June 1.

Left-hander David Price (12-8, 4.00) gets the start for the Red Sox. Price has won his past three decisions, going eight, six and eight innings and not allowing more than three runs in each start. 

The Royals won the series opener 6-3 Friday night.

The lineups:

ROYALS
Paulo Orlando CF
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
Lorenzo Cain RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Salvador Perez C
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Christian Colon 2B
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Danny Duffy LHP

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Sandy Leon C
Chris Young LF
Aaron Hill 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
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David Price LHP