Buchholz: Sox situation 'blown out of proportion'

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Buchholz: Sox situation 'blown out of proportion'

BALTIMORE Some would describe whats gone on over the last calendar year for the Red Sox as a nightmare.
The worst September collapse in Major League Baseball history, the sacking of Terry Francona and airing of nasty grievances over the winter and a 2012 baseball season that appears like it was over before it even started.
The latest is a Yahoo! Sports report that Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez were ringleaders in a player insurgency designed to get Bobby Valentine fired as the Sox manager. Pedroia and Gonzalez have made their statements or lack thereof in the last 24 hours, and some of their teammates have weighed in as well.
It's not a nightmare. I think some things get blown out of proportion a little bit every now and then everything goes from there, said Buchholz. "Everybody's here for the same reason. We're here to win, and that's still what we're trying to do.
Nobody likes losing. There's always going to be a little sour taste in your mouth after you lose some games. This team's jelled very well, even with the stuff that we gone through. Everybody's happy. Everybody comes to the field ready to play, throws it all out there and leaves it on the field.
Yes, everybody is clearly happy. Except for the 17 players that hastily called an organizational meeting in New York City last month and now appear to be scrambling for excuses and alibis. Nobody knows whether Buchholz attended the meeting in question, but it appears the players know that Valentine is going to be there manager for the remainder of the season.
He does his job. It's just like anything else, when something goes wrong, somebody has to be blamed for it. It's usually us. It is what it is, said Buchholz. There has been a lot of stuff that's been going around, a lot of it false. It's hard for a player to sit here and say that it's not true because everybody thinks you're backing up your guys. But he's doing a good job. It's a game, man, it doesn't always work.
For his part, Bobby Valentine doesnt understand where all the manager vs. players stuff is coming from via unnamed sources, but said that its patently untrue. Sox owner John Henry released a statement defending his manager once again, and clarifying that the meeting was an organizational assessment meeting to get on the same page. Henry also denied that the players were attempting to get their skipper canned.
Im not following the whole actively, but I regret that John Henry has come out there to defend me, said Valentine. I regret that were not 10 games over .500 and in first place because I dont think hed have to make any statements.
I dont know that its weighing on me, but the guys are upset that every time we win a game something else pops out of the bag of tricks. I guess this guy has been sitting on the story for three weeks, so he was sitting there waiting for the Yankees series or whatever to pop it out there. Its great stuff really good stuff.
Stay tuned to As the World Turns in the world of the Red Sox because nobody knows whats going to happen next.

Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

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Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

QUOTES

“That one’s one me. I’ve got to do a better job of securing that lead and getting out of that inning.” - Matt Barnes on giving up the lead.

“When he tries to go down and away to right-handers, the ball’s leaking back to the middle a bit. That was the case against [Lorenzo] Cain [and Raul] Mondesi in this case tonight. It’s on the plate first pitch, bases loaded he’s trying to get a strike to get ahead. But in general, Barnes has pitched to the edge at times and missed, and then when he’s on the plate it’s probably found the middle of the plate a bit too much.” - John Farrell on Barnes’ outing.

“I think everybody in that bullpen believes in every single person down there.” - Barnes said on the bullpen.

“It was good, everything was good . . . Just the fastball command was a little out of control.” - Eduardo Rodriguez on his left hamstring and his performance.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz launched his 31st home run of the season, which also marked the 534th of his career, tying Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the all-time home run chart.

* Mookie Betts recorded his Major League-leading 56th multi-hit game of the season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. finished 1-for-2, bumping his average to .317 (77-for-243) at Fenway this season.

* The Red Sox grounded into four double plays, tying their season high on 6/12 against Minnesota.

* Matt Barnes’ ERA jumped from 3.68 before Sunday’s game to 4.45 after giving up 5 runs without recording an out.

 

STARS

1) Raul Mondesi

Mondesi’s bases-clearing triple in the sixth opened the floodgates and gave Kansas City the lead they would continue to build off.

2) Matt Strahm

 Strahm relieved Yordano Ventura after his short 4 and 1/3-inning outing. He held the Red Sox scoreless through 2.2 innings to earn his second win of the season.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez launched his sixth home run in his last eight games against Boston. He became the Royal to homer in three-straight games at Fenway since Billy Butler did in 2011.

First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

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First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

 

Boston’s bullpen continues to be a roll of the dice every night.

This time Matt Barnes was the latest reliever to suffer from the plague that’s filled this bullpen all season.

Part of it was bad luck on two perfectly placed balls, the other part was Raul Mondesi lacing a triple, and Lorenzo Cain smacking a single.

Robbie Ross was better, but not by much.

No lead seems safe in the hands of any Boston reliever.

 

David Ortiz keeps putting himself in the same breath as legendary Hall of Famers.

This time it was former Red Sox great Jimmie Foxx, who Ortiz is now tied with at 534 home runs, 18th all time.

Early in the season he’d match a legendary player every so often, it was impressive. Now it’s almost to be expected every night he plays.

Next on the all-time home run list is Yankee Legend Mickey Mantle with 536.

 

The bottom of the order continues to play an important role in Boston’s run production.

Chris Young got things started in the fifth, then Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. kept it rolling so both Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts could cash in all three runners.

Moving JBJ back to ninth Saturday proved to be a good move, and moving Leon back down with his recent scuffles seems to be the best move, too.

Not only can they knock each other in any given instance, but they also put Dustin Pedroia (or Holt) and Bogaerts in run-producing situations, as opposed to just setting the table.

 

Chris Young’s hamstring shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

He was able to leg out the soft grounder to third base in the first inning.

Young has lost a step or two with age, but it seemed like he opened it up on the play.

Hopefully that’s a sign of the end of the injuries in left field this season.

 

Junichi Tazawa looked strong.

That’s more so an observation of his fastball reaching 94 mph.

Tazawa has a long way to go before he’s back to where he was, but the righty took a step in the right direction Sunday night. He retired Kansas City’s 2-3-4 hitters in his first inning and working past a leadoff single in his second inning of work.