Cherington: Crawford's days off on as-needed basis

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Cherington: Crawford's days off on as-needed basis

BOSTON Carl Crawford was in the Red Sox starting lineup, batting second and playing left field, Tuesday against righthander Justin Verlander and the Tigers.

Crawford sat out the game Saturday against the Yankees in New York when it was announced that he was on a four-day schedule as a preventive measure to protect his left elbow. Although, at that time, the Sox had had a scheduled off-day Thursday. He also had a day off on July 22.

Before the game Tuesday, general manager Ben Cherington said that plan was again being modified for Crawford, who has said he will need surgery on his elbow at some point. Crawford was out until July 16, missing 89 games after wrist surgery in mid-January and a subsequent elbow ailment.

Cherington said Crawfords days off will be on more of an as-needed basis.

When that was going on in New York this weekend I had a chance to talk to manager Bobby Valentine and Carl and the medical staff," Cherington said. The facts are that Carls coming off an elbow injury and coming off a rehab and was working really hard to get back so he could be activated as soon as possible.

Perhaps in a perfect world we would have taken longer, but he wanted to play and we wanted to get him out there and try to get all our horses out there. And so mostly because of that, we kind of wanted to get him back out there as soon as we could. We talked about the benefit of a day off here and there in the early part of his activation to kind of get him through the first few weeks and managed that.

Bobbys given him a couple of days off now and he may continue to do that. Thats up to him. I think after the conversations that weve had, I think everyone understands the plan we have going forward. Just something weve got to manage and keep an eye on and Carls toughing it out and wants to play. Every once in a while maybe well give him a day so he can get through this. Were going to listen to what he says day to day. Se want to make the off days count and make sense. I think wed prefer not to put a specific number of days on it.

At one point, I remember talking about him three or four days from now taking a day. That number was used but after talking more this weekend. I think its just going to be more of a feel thing.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.

First impressions: Price, Pedroia lead Red Sox to 8-3 win over Royals

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First impressions: Price, Pedroia lead Red Sox to 8-3 win over Royals

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox 8-3 win over the Kansas City Royals:

 

David Price has found a groove.

Price finally brought his ERA below 4.00.

He’d been about that mark since his second start of the season. Twenty-six starts later, he finally reached the mark.

Saturday’s start marked Price’s fourth-straight quality start. Price will soon eclipse the 200-strikeout, reaching 186 K’s with his seven-strikeout performance.

Although the lefty hasn’t been at his best throughout much of the year, he’s caught fire of late.

Possibly at the most important part of the season, too.

 

Dustin Pedroia just missed making history, can’t buy an out.

Boston’s second baseman entered Saturday with seven hits in his last seven at-bats. He stretched that streak to 11-for-11 with a 4-for-4 game.

He had the chance to go 12-for-12 in the eighth, but weakly grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.

He’s also the first Red Sox player with three straight four-hit games at Fenway Park since 1913.

Boston’s second baseman continues to prove that his struggles in recent years were directly related to injuries, not diminishing performance.

 

The offense passed a big test.

It might’ve appeared that Danny Duffy was a middle-of-the-road pitcher with the way Red Sox hitters tattooed him in Saturday’s win.

But the right only had one loss in 19 starts, with a 2.66 ERA (2.61 as a starter).

Between the long balls and Dustin Pedroia’s incessant ways of late, they ballooned his ERA to 3.01.

A respectable number, still, but a jump of nearly a half of a run.

 

Sandy Leon’s in a minor cold spell.

Possibly the greatest story of Boston’s 2016 offense, Leon hasn’t had too many struggles along the way.

But after finishing 0-for-4 Saturday night, he’s only 2-for-21 (.095) in his last five games.

Saturday also marked only the third time all season where he was held hitless in back-to-back games.

These things happen to everyone, but it was starting to look like Leon didn’t fall under the category of “everyone.”