Loney excited to be in Boston after Dodgers trade

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Loney excited to be in Boston after Dodgers trade

BOSTON James Loney made his Red Sox debut Sunday, playing first base, batting fifth against the Royals.

Loney, who was acquired in the nine-player deal with the Dodgers on Saturday, took a red-eye flight to Boston, arriving in the home clubhouse Sunday morning.

Ive been up a lot, he said of the last few days. I had a late flight last night. Im excited though to be here.

On Friday there was a lot going on, taken out of the lineup. So I knew something was probably going, and then I figured something would probably happen by the morning, which it did.

Im excited. This has always been one of my favorite parks. I got to come here in 2010 to play. It was fun. Just everything about the atmosphere here, the fans are great here, you got a lot of support, its a good atmosphere.

In three games at Fenway in 2010, Loney went 1-for-11, with a walk, two strikeouts, and two RBI, for an .091 average, his lowest mark at any park other than Oakland Coliseum. He was a first-round (19th overall) pick of the Dodgers in 2002 and had spent his entire career with them until Saturday.

Yeah, thats all Ive known but Im also looking forward to this change, said Loney, who turned 28 in May. I think Itll be great for me and my career and Im looking forward to playing and winning in this city.

Ive played for a few years only with the Dodgers, last five or six years. So Im kind of in the middle of my career and just bringing that experience and just I think just going out there and playing hard, showing that.

Hes familiar with several of his new teammates, including Dustin Pedroia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia from playing with them in the Arizona Fall League, and Vicente Padilla, Scott Podsednik, and Cody Ross from their times with the Dodgers. Loney, who can be a free agent after the season, is aware the Sox have had a difficult season, just as hes aware Boston can be a difficult place to play.

Ive heard that, he said. You hear that. I think a lot of big market, big city teams is like that. So you dont think about that when youre out there. You just go have fun.

A career .284 hitter, with a .341 on-base percentage and .344 slugging percentage, those numbers are down this season -- .254.302.344.

No particular reason, he said of the decline this season. Sometimes I think early on in a season you might try too hard and your timing gets a little off. But thats probably what I could say to that.

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.