Lucchino: A 'chance' Iglesias will be Red Sox' starting shortstop

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Lucchino: A 'chance' Iglesias will be Red Sox' starting shortstop

The conventional wisdom is that Jose Iglesias will be in Pawtucket, not Boston, on Opening Day -- Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman, basing his comments on conversations he's had with Red Sox officials, reiterated that just yesterday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Gresh and Zo' show -- but Larry Lucchino isn't so sure.

The Red Sox' president and CEO isn't saying Iglesias will stick with the Red Sox, mind you. Still, he's not ruling it out, either.

More importantly, though, Lucchino clearly regards the 22-year-old Cuban defector as Boston's shortstop of the future.

"I think there's a remote chance Iglesias will become the Red Sox' starting shortstop. Remote chance," Lucchino said Tuesday on WEEI Radio.

Regardless of where he starts the year, Lucchino thinks there'll be plenty of Iglesias in the Sox' future.

"I like him a lot," said Lucchino, later adding: "It's fun to watch him play. It's fun to see the growth and development, both physically and developmentally. And it'll be fun to watch him for the next couple of years . . .

"Iglesias certainly has a rich future. When that's going to start, I can't be sure. But there's no reason to rush him."

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

CHICAGO -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to Chicago:

 

QUOTES:

"He's rarely in the middle of the plate. He pitches to the edge very effectively. He's got a number of different looks he can give you.'' - John Farrell on White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

"We have such a heavily righthand-hitting lineup, you would think that our guys would be able to handle the off-side pitching coming at them. . . We're capable of more.'' - Farrell on the Sox 0-3 record against lefty starters.

"He's done everything that we could have asked, to get deep into games and low run situations -- and not just this year. This goes back to when he was in the rotation last year.'' - Farrell on tough-luck loser Steven Wright.

"That's what I'm working for every time.'' - Carson Smith on his scoreless inning in his Red Sox debut.

"It is what it is. Keep working and try to be ready on whatever opportunities come. That's all I can say about that.'' - Chris Young, on the infrequency of lefty starters.

"A little frustrated with the walks. I gave them the second run with the walks. When I'm out there throwing 20 pitches an inning, it's hard to get into a rhythm.'' - Steven Wright.

 

NOTES

* The Red Sox have faced three lefty starters this season and are 0-3. They've managed two runs in 23 innings and hit just .108 (8-for-74) against them.

* When the opposition scores first, the Red Sox are 5-6 this season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to nine games with a sixth-inning single.

* Dating back to last season, Steven Wright hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in his last nine starts.

* Hanley Ramirez's homer in the fifth was his first since April 6, covering 96 at-bats.

 

STARS

1) Jose Quintana

Chicago's starter was brilliant, allowing a single run in eight innings on just four hits without issuing a walk.

2) Jose Abreu

The White Sox first baseman drove in three of the four White Sox runs with a first-inning triple and a two-run double in the eighth.

3) Steven Wright

Once again, the knuckballer got almost no run support and was stuck with the loss despite allowing just two runs in six innings.