Boyd: Sox knew I smoked crack cocaine every day in '86

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Boyd: Sox knew I smoked crack cocaine every day in '86

Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd claims he used crack cocaine every day of the Red Sox' pennant-winning 1986 season, including days he pitched, and that the team was aware of it.

"I would come into the ballpark and team physician Dr. Arthur Pappas, who was also one of the minority owners would call me in the back and say, 'How do you feel? Did you do some last night?'," Boyd said in an interview with ESPN's Buster Olney that appeared on the network Tuesday night. "And I was honest with him. 'Yes I did.'

"OK. So that was my drug test, you got me? Ain't nobody made me pee in no cup."

Boyd, who won 16 games that year in helping the Sox reach the World Series, says he went to a crack house near Shea Stadium after being told by manager John McNamara that, because of a rainout, he wouldn't pitch Game 7 against the Mets. He also says he smoked crack in the clubhouse in Oakland before pitching a game against the A's on May 11.

Boyd said he used cocaine throughout his first seasons in the big leagues, but was introduced to crack by a drug dealer during spring training in 1986.

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.