Crawford-Henry patch things up after negative remarks

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Crawford-Henry patch things up after negative remarks

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Last October, John Henry created a stir when he said in a radio interview that he was against the signing of free agent Carl Crawford. Last week, Crawford acknowledged that he was unhappy with Henry over the remarks.

Saturday, they met and patched things up.

"It felt real good,'' said Crawford after the meeting, which lasted for about 10 minutes. "I like those kind of meetings where you clear the air and make everything better. I think it's best for the organization that we all get along. That's the way it should be.

"I accepted (the apology); that wasn't hard to do. We pretty much cleared the air. He got right to the point and he made it real easy for me to accept his apology. It felt real good to move on and put it behind us because there are other things we need to be focusing on (rather) than stuff that happened last year.''

Henry, who earlier in the day said "I should have never made those comments'' during a press conference, was also gratified for a chance to clear the air.

"It was great,'' said Henry. "It was necessary. It was something I wanted to do and I'm sure he wanted to do. I won't go into what was said, but I wanted to apologize for creating all this (controversy). I needed to apologize for that.''

Henry said he has admired Crawford as a player ever since the first game of the 2003 season when Crawford belted a walkoff homer against Red Sox reliever Chad Fox.

Crawford struggled mightily in his first season in Boston, but Henry expects bigger things in 2012.

"He's a tremendous player,'' Henry said. "I think..I know you'll see a different Carl Crawford this year.''

Predicted Crawford: "We'll be better off (because of the meeting. We'll become stronger and the bond will be closer from him saying (he was sorry). That's the way I look at it.''

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.