Farrell: Chemistry lessons important to Red Sox

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Farrell: Chemistry lessons important to Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. Much is made of the importance of good chemistry in baseball clubhouses. A long season can takes its toll on even the most patient of uniformed personnel. But is it really that important?

I do think so, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Particularly in this sport, when weve got seven and a half straight months of being with one another every day. That doesnt mean that guys have to go out to dinner with one another every night. But I think theres an atmosphere thats created inside that clubhouse: One of tolerance, one of encouragement, one of holding one another accountable. And I think if youre sincere and respect one another and you're sincere in your work and how you go about it, I think those are the attributes that lead up to what chemistry is. I think it goes a long way.

The Sox have suffered from poor team chemistry since their horrendous end to the 2011 season. While many new players have been brought in to help improve the clubhouse culture, the players who have been with the team can be just as important in fixing it.

You cant underestimate any one person here or any core of players that have been holdovers that have had success here that have won World Series here that know firsthand what Boston has to offer, the expectations and what its like to play here, Farrell said. But at the same time when youre bringing in fresh blood, new players, theres certainly an excitement on their part to come in here. And thats not to say that holdover players arent excited to be here. I think when you have that combination, ones going to kind of lead the way for the other about playing here, playing for the Red Sox. And I think we just have a very good mix of players right now.

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

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Mike Felger and Dan Shaughnessy discuss the Boston Red Sox bouncing back from their slump with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

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Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay

 

QUOTES

"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.

 

NOTES

* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.

 

STARS

1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.