Maddon gushes respect for Sox players

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Maddon gushes respect for Sox players

BOSTON Rays manager Joe Maddon had very pointed comments after Fridays game and the melee that ensued after Luke Scott was hit by a Franklin Morales pitch with two outs in the ninth inning.

But by Saturday afternoon, Maddon wanted nothing more to say on the matter.

I covered everything about that that I wanted to last night, Maddon said. The thing I'd like to cover today, if I may, is how much respect I have for the Red Sox players. Been doing this now for seven or eight years in the American League East and I have a strong feeling for the professionalism of the Red Sox players for that entire time. Guys like (David) Ortiz, (Dustin) Pedroia, (Kevin) Youkilis, (Josh) Beckett's pitching tonight, my respect goes out for them.

So as we move this thing forward, I think we have that same kind of group here with the Rays players. We come here to play baseball, we like to play it hard every night, we kind of like to think of it as the Rays way of doing things. But my whole focus now is on this game tonight and I definitely want to put out there how much respect I do have for the Boston Red Sox players.''

Maddons comments Saturday were drastically different than what he had to say after Fridays game.

After the Rays 7-4 win Friday night, Maddon tweeted:

Very proud of our effort 2nite. What occurred in the 9th reeked of intent. Was ridiculous, absurd, idiotic, incompetent, cowardly behavior.

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.