Iglesias makes first start of season for Sox

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Iglesias makes first start of season for Sox

ANAHEIM -- Jose Iglesias made his first start of the season Tuesday night, inserted into the lineup after being called up from Pawtucket last week.

Manager Bobby Valentine wouldn't commit to how often he might play Iglesias the rest of the way. Valentine has two others -- Mike Aviles and Pedro Ciriaco -- in the roster who can also play the position.

"It's a difficult situation," said Valentine of the glut of shortstop candidates.

Regardless of how often he sees the field, Iglesias was appreciative of the playing time.

"It's a great opportunity to be here with the team," he said, "and try to help in any way I can."

Iglesias was on a good run at Pawtucket before his promotion, hitting .329 (24-for-73) in August. Overall, Iglesias was hitting .266 for the season with a homer and 23 RBI in 88 games.

"There's no doubt I feel pretty good at the plate," said Iglesias. "I feel very happy about this year. I'm seeing the ball, recognizing (pitches) and driving the ball (better). I think I did a pretty good job this year. I haven't changed anything; I'm just trying to be healthy, playing the game and trying to learn something every day."

Iglesias was in the running to make the team in the spring until he went into an offensive dip. But he's gained in confidence since then and enjoyed more success.

"It's a big difference," he said. "I feel pretty comfortable at the plate and I was happy with my approach. Personally, I feel a lot better."

One thing that's restricted Iglesias's progress has been a series of nagging injuries. In 2010, he broke his hand. Last year, he was hit in the head. This season, he missed about a month with a back condition.

"I was pretty disappointed to get hurt (again),'' he said. "I missed about a month when I was getting hot at the plate. But I can't control that, either. I just tried to get back (into the lineup) as fast as possible."

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:

QUOTES:

* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.

NOTES:

* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.

STARS:

1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.