Epstein gives thoughts on Pesky's passing

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Epstein gives thoughts on Pesky's passing

BALTIMORE Though Theo Epstein is far away in Chicago running the Cubs and wants nothing to do with the current controversies swirling at Fenway, the former Red Sox GM knows whats going on. Epstein was also aware of the unfortunate passing of Sox icon Johnny Pesky on Monday afternoon, and had plenty to say about the 92-year-olds six decade association with the Sox franchise at every conceivable level.

Pesky was a regular presence around the clubhouse, dugout and field during Epsteins tenure running the Sox, and the Brookline native always knew exactly what kind of importants he held within Sox lore.

Heres what Epstein had to say when asked about the passing of Pesky and what hell miss about him:

Just his generosity of spirit. He was always happy to be at the ballpark, so that really rubbed off on everyone around him. He always believed in players, always had players backs and saw the best in everybody, including players and just baseball. The Red Sox organization meant so much to him that he was just always happy to be at Fenway. That helped on those tough days seeing how much he genuinely enjoyed it, how long hed been there and helped you with your own mood sometimes when you needed it. He had that effect on a lot of people so hell be sorely missed. He was a great baseball guy with a tremendous amount of knowledge and was always telling great Ted Williams stories and a real living link to the past. Hell be sorely missed.

The Red Sox will wear black bands on the sleeve of their uniforms for the rest of the season when theyre on the road, and theyll wear white patches with Peskys No. 6 on the left shoulders of their home uniforms for the rest of the season to honor Peskys memory.

Bobby Valentine said that Felix Doubront was on schedule to jump back into the rotation after his skipped start in the series against the Orioles. That means Doubront should get a start against the Angels in the series following the weekend three-game set against New York at Yankee Stadium.

Hes going to throw his bullpen soon. I think once we get home hell be right back into the saddle, said Valentine, who made a decision to skip the young lefty when he was showing signs of fatigue giving his high innings pitched total.

Jacoby Ellsburys 38-game hitting streak vs. Orioles is the second longest since 1900 for any player versus any team. Vladimir Guerreros 44-game streak vs. Texas is the only longer streak since 1900. Ellsbury went 2-for-4 in Wednesdays loss to the Orioles to extend that streak.

Mark Reynolds has been a killer against the Red Sox this season while hitting .423 (11-for-26) with four doubles, four home runs, seven walks, seven runs scored and 13 RBIs against Boston. To put that into proper perspective the all-or-nothing Reynolds is hitting .216 for the season.

Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

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Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning. The relay throw on Ortiz's hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate but he avoided Luke Maile's first tag. Pedroia's momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.

Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox, who secured at least an AL wild-card spot Saturday night. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.

Joe Kelly (4-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strikeout 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego on Apr. 22, 1970.

Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Kelly added two more in the 10th.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa, Florida after defecting from Cuba.

The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz's request after Fernandez's death. He had three hits in five at-bats and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.

Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player. Alex Rodriguez is next with 30 homers and 73 RBIs.

HONORING BIG PAPI

Rays 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer informally presented Ortiz with an oil painting of his 500th home run, which he hit at Tropicana Field last season. Ortiz was also given 34 special handmade Diamond Crown Maximus cigars and $5,000 donations in his name to the Miracle League of St. Petersburg, Florida and the University of South Florida Latino scholarship program.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the final time during a three-game series against New York that starts Tuesday night. "Playing baseball in New York is something that is very special," Ortiz said. LHP David Price (17-8) will start for the Red Sox Tuesday night.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11) will face White Sox RHP James Shields (3-11) Monday night in the first of four games in Chicago.

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