Kennedy: Cherington's leading the search

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Kennedy: Cherington's leading the search

The notion that's arisen in the last day or two -- that general manager Ben Cherington is no longer in charge of the Red Sox managerial search -- couldn't be more wrong, according to the team's chief operating officer, Sam Kennedy.

"Absolutely. Yes, he is leading that process and he's been doing a great job," Kennedy said Friday afternoon to Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Felger & Mazz' show, which is simulcast on Comcast SportsNet.

Early in the process, Cherington identified five candidates -- Dale Sveum, Pete Mackanin, Sandy Alomar Jr., Gene Lamont and Torey Lovullo -- and said there were no others. But Bobby Valentine's name surfaced Thursday and now there are reports that others are also involved.

Kennedy, however, said Cherington was being "respectful" of candidates that he hadn't named.

"I think that Ben was probably being respectful of other people that may or may not be under contract elsewhere." said Kennedy, "I'm not going to get too much into the details of the process, other than to say that there are there other people out there, there are conversations going on, and don't be surprised if you see other names pop up from time to time.

"To be clear, Ben Cherington is leading this process. He came into this job, I think, more prepared than even I knew. I knew he was ready, but I've been incredibly impressed by how he's done so far."

Kennedy also explained a bit about the process of choosing a manager.

"I think there's a misperception out there about how things work," he said. "We have a very collaborative way of doing things over here . . . Larry Lucchino is the president and CEO of this ballclub. He's got responsibility for the business side and the baseball side. I report to Larry on the business side, Ben reports to Larry on the baseball side. That was the same structure we had when Theo Epstein was here.

"Owners John Henry and Tom Werner are involved in every major decision, but they have other business interests . . . They're involved in some of the day-to-day decisions of the ballclub, but not all of them. But, certainly, choosing the next manager of the Boston Red Sox is going to be a collaborative process . . .

"We're not in a rush, but we are committed to finding the right guy."

Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels ofAnaheim

Quotes:

"I tried to get two (outs) before I got one. That can't happen." - Hanley Ramirez on his throwing error which cost the Red Sox the game.

"Executing pitches - that's the name of the game." - David Price on improvement he showed from his last start.

"Fourth time through the order, middle of the lineup. . . Price had done his job. In a one-run game, we felt it was best to start a clean inning with a reliever." - John Farrell after lifting David Price after eight innings and 108 pitches.

Notes:

* Reliever Brad Ziegler was charged with the loss for the second straight game.

* Each of the last seven Red Sox losses has been by one or two runs.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 31 consecutive games.

* The Red Sox four-game losing streak is their longest of the season.

* The Sox are now 9-23 in their last 32 meetings with the Angels.

* David Price did not allow a run for the second time this season.

Stars:

1) David Price

After a stretch of shaky outings, Price did his job with eight scoreless innings, getting 14 outs on groundouts while walking just one.

2) Jered Weaver

At times, the radar gun made Weaver's pitches look like softball offerings. But mixing junk, he held the Sox to a single run over 5 1/3 innings

3) Mookie Betts

He had just one hit - single in the eighth - but his sacrifice fly in the third produced the only run of the night.

First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

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First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

First impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

1) David Price pitched in the truest sense

Price wasn't necessarily overpowering with only six strikeouts in eight innings, but he succeeded in keeping the ball down in the zone, resulting in a ton of groundouts.

In eight innings, the Angels produced just two fly outs to the outfield, both of them routine.

Otherwise, Price deftly mixed his changeup, slider and two-seamer to produce ground balls. His location was more precise and he induced weak contact in at-bat after at-bat.

2) The danger of a closer like Brad Ziegler was on display

The throwing error by Hanley Ramirez resulted in two runs scoring but Ziegler allowed three base hits to set the stage.

Ziegler doesn't get a lot of swing-and-miss with his sinker; what he gets is a lot of balls put in play. When things are going well, that results in groundouts; when they're not, it means baserunners and strange things happening.

As inconsistent as Craig Kimbrel has been in some non-save situations, he at least has the ability to record strikeouts and keep balls out of play.  That's not the case with Zieger, as the Red Sox learned the hard way in Anaheim Thursday night.

3) The Red Sox wisely took advantage of Jered Weaver on the bases

Weaver's high leg kick and reliance on off-speed pitches make for a slow delivery time to the plate. Dustin Pedroia would have easily stole second in the first but made the mistake of going into his slide too far ahead of the bag, and though initially ruled safe, was deemed out after a replay challenge.

In the sixth, Xander Bogaerts, was more successful in his stolen base. Neither steal led to a run, but the Sox did put some additional pressure on Weaver