Hale, Pena added to Sox list of managerial candidates

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Hale, Pena added to Sox list of managerial candidates

Add two more names to the list of candidates set to interview this week for the Red Sox managerial opening. And no, neither is named John Farrell.

The Red Sox interviewed New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena for the position Monday. Pena didn't travel with the rest of the Yankees to Detroit -- where the ALCS will resume with Game 3 Tuesday night -- and instead came to Boston to be interviewed.

Pena played for the Red Sox from 1990 through 1993, as part of an 18-year playing career. He managed the Kansas City Royals for parts of four seasons from 2002 through 2005.

In 2003, his first full year on the job, he led the Royals to an 83-79 record and won American League Manager of the Year honors. That season represents the only winning record the Royals have had in the last 18 seasons.

Pena also managed at Triple-A for the Houston organization for two seasons. Since 2006, Pena has been part of the Yankees coaching staff, with three years as the first base coachcatching instructor and the last four years as the team's bench coach.

Pena's inclusion on the list of candidate was first reported by WEEI.com.

Also, the team scheduled an interview with Baltimore Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale.

Brad Ausmus is scheduled to speak with the Red Sox Wednesday. Last Friday, the Sox began the interview process by meeting with Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach.

Hale left the Red Sox staff last fall in the wake of Terry Francona's firing and joined Buck Showalter's staff. He was not interviewed to be Francona's repalcement, with the organization apparently feeling it needed a clean break from Francona, though he was offered the chance to remain on the coaching staff.

He declined and instead went to Baltimore.

In all, Hale coached six seasons with the Red Sox -- the first four as third base coach and the last two as Francona's bench coach when Brad Mills left to manage Houston.

Hale also managed in the minors for both the Red Sox and Texas Rangers.

He was, ironically, a co-finalist with John Farrell for the Toronto Blue Jays' managerial position that eventually went to Farrell.

Farrell's role in this year's managerial picture is still unclear. Numerous Red Sox officials refused to comment on Farrell, refusing to say whether the Sox have been denied permission to speak with him, or even whether he is still under consideration.

Farrell has a year remaining on his three-year deal in Toronto. The Blue Jays demanded the Sox compensate them with pitcher Clay Buchholz last fall, ending the Sox' interest.

This time, with only a year remaining on his contract, it's believed the asking price would be less, though still significant.

One baseball executive not associated with either the Red Sox or Blue Jays, asked recently, what the Jays might demand in compensation, offered pitching prospect Matt Barnes as a guess, noting that while the former UConn pitching star wasn't one of the top two or three prospects in the Red Sox organization, he is thought to be part of the next tier of prospects.

Sunday's Red Sox - Yankees lineups

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Sunday's Red Sox - Yankees lineups

If the rain doesn't prevent it, the Red Sox and Yankees will play the third and final game of their weekend series Sunday night at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox go into this one having won the first two games and are fresh off an 8-0 win Saturday night with Rick Porcello on the mound. Porcello improved to 5-0 on the season after another strong outing. His fellow Sox pitchers are starting to come around as of late, too.

Red Sox starters have thrown at least 6.0 innings in each of the club’s last 6 games, lowering the starting staff’s ERA nearly a full run from 5.48 to 4.49 in that span.

David Price takes the mound for the Sox. Price leads all major league starters with 13.96 SO/9.0 IP this year, the highest mark for any AL pitcher through April 30 in the Live Ball Era (min. 4 starts).

Here is the full Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Christian Vazquez C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

David Price LHP

Quotes, notes and stars: Porcello has ability to adjust

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Quotes, notes and stars: Porcello has ability to adjust

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-0 win over the Yankees:

QUOTES:

"He threw all four pitches tonight for strikes, but most importantly, (he's shown) the ability to make adjustments from pitch-to-pitch. If he gets out of whack or misses with a pitch, he's right back in the strike zone.'' - John Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"You look back at the first month and I think we've gained a lot of trust in each other up and down the lineup. That to me is the strongest attribute right now on this team.'' - Farrell on the Red Sox after one month of play.

"Pretty similar. I'm getting a lot of timely hits, and it's helping the team.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr., asked if this last week is similar to the hot streak he enjoyed last August.

"I'm comfortable. I'm in a good place, mentally and physically. I worked really hard to get where I am now and I'm going to continue to work.'' – Bradley on his hot streak.

"Much better fastball command. I've been able to execute my sinker better and that's allowed me to get ahead of hitters and if I do fall behind, I've been able to come back.'' - Porcello on cutting his walk rate by more than half compared to this point a year ago.

NOTES:

* The shutout at Fenway was the first for the Red Sox against the Yankees since May 14, 2011.

* The eight-run margin was the biggest margin in a Red Sox shutout over the Yankees since Sept. 6, 2003 when they won 11-0 in New York.

* The four triples in April for Jackie Bradley Jr. are the most for a Red Sox hitter in that month since Jose Offerman in 1999.

* In his last nine games against the Yankees, Bradley is 14-for-31 (.452) with nine extra-base hits.

* Rick Porcello's 5-0 start to the season is the best run for a Red Sox starter since Josh Beckett was 7-0 in 2007.

* The Yankees have failed to homer in seven games this season; they're 0-7 in those games.

STARS:

1) Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley had three extra-base hits (two triples and a double) for eight total bases, and knocked in three runs.

2) Rick Porcello

The Red Sox starter tossed seven shutout innings and allowed only two baserunners into scoring position while issuing just one walk.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts had a double in the second and a single in the sixth, good for three RBI, a season high for him.