Farrell: We have work to do

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Farrell: We have work to do

The Red Sox introduced John Farrell as the 46th manager of the Red Sox on Tuesday. As the manager to take over after the tumultuous Bobby Valentine era, Farrell made sure to make a few points clear: His team will play hard, and the lines of communication will be open.

Not a bad place to start after the Red Sox finished in last place in the AL East with a dysfunctional clubhouse that at time featured players whose play was uninspired.

"Our effort is controlled every night," Farrell said after trying on his Red Sox cap for the first time since leaving the Red Sox -- then the pitching coach -- for the manager's job in Toronto.

"It's something we can control. To give forth our best effort is a minimum."

Interestingly, Larry Lucchino was not present at the press conference. Ben Cherington was the only member of the front office there to introduce Farrell, perhaps a concerted effort on its part to show that the Farrell hiring was Cherington's decision.

Farrell didn't exactly have a great run during his time in Toronto, but Cherington still believed that he is the best man to turn the Red Sox around.

"Managing in the big leagues is not an easy gig," Cherington said. "It's one thing to talk about it in theory. It's another to go apply it and make those decisions in the dugout. One can only improve and be strengthened over time with experience."

Farrell made it clear that this was the place he wanted to be. For him, it certainly appears to be the "dream job" it's been reported to be.

"This is arguably the best place in the game," he said. "If there weren't any challenges, I wouldn't be sitting here . . . I love take on the challenges. It's an incredible city, it's an incredible baseball environment, with a first-class group of people."

More to come on Farrell's introduction. Be sure to check out our Red Sox Talk blog for all the latest updates throughout the day.

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs

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Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Orioles.

 

QUOTES

"If he has a boy, he ought to make him Mookie after tonight's outing.'' - John Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr., who left the team for a paternity leave after Mookie Betts slugged three homers.

"I know each day that I've got it. I wake up, I know I have it. I come to the field, I know I have it.'' - Xander Bogaerts on his ongoing hitting streak.

"He's probably one of the few guys, every time I see him hit, I think he's going to hit a homer. He's just that presence that he has in the batter's box.'' - Bogaerts on Betts.

"This is probably my best night; first time I've ever done that.'' - Betts, when asked where the game ranks individually for him in his career.

"I wanted to locate the heater good, not force it too much, don't try to throw hard - just try to throw strikes.'' - Eduardo Rodriguez on his season debut.

 

NOTES:

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 24 games, second-longest in baseball this season.

* Bogaerts has hit safely in 36-of-38 games at a .399 clip with 33 runs scored and 23 driven in.

* Eduardo Rodriguez two runs or fewer in each of his three career starts at Camden Yards.

* The Sox had back-to-back homers (Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia) for the first time this season.

* Mookie Betts had a three-homer game for the first time in his career.

* Betts became the first Red Sox player to homer three times in the same game since Will Middlebrooks did so on April 7, 2013.

* The last time the Sox began a game with back-to-back homers was July 27, 2011 when Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia did so.

* The Red Sox scored multiple runs in the first inning for the 20th time in 51 games.

* David Ortiz extended his own hit streak to eight games.

 

STARS:

1) Mookie Betts

Betts belted three homers -- one to left, one to center and one to right -- for the first time in his career and also contributed a brilliant diving catch in right in the seventh inning.

2) Eduardo Rodriguez

Rodriguez made his season debut and allowed two runs on six hits through six innings and didn't issue a single walk while fanning three.

3) Chris Young

Getting a rare start in center, Young made a spectacular catch to likely rob Manny Machado of a two-run homer, while drawing a walk and adding a single and a run scored.