Notes: Sox perfect in field; Bradley, Jr. cools off

Notes: Sox perfect in field; Bradley, Jr. cools off
April 7, 2013, 7:00 pm
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TORONTO -- Through six games, the Red Sox have yet to commit a single error in the field, and that's helped the pitching staff as the Sox have gone 4-2.     

To put that into perspective, you have to go back to 1957 to find a season in which the Sox have had six errorless games to open a season.
     
"(It means) no free outs," said Lester. "Especially in this division, you can't give these teams second chances, second or third chances. We saw it other night. (Toronto second baseman Emilio) Bonifacio had a tough go of it (with three errors including two on consecutive chances) and that leads to runs, to big innings, leads to more pitches for your pitchers.
      
"Any time, especially in this division, you get an out, you need to take advantage of getting that out. It saves arms, saves bullets. It just makes the game a lot easier."

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Following a strong start, Jackie Bradley Jr. has cooled off at the plate the last two days. Bradley had reached base in each of the first four games, but Saturday, he was hitless in three at-bats and Sunday, he was 0-for-4 with
a walk.
     
"They attacked him on the inside part of the plate a little bit," said John Farrell. "They did a good job. They mixed up some breaking balls for strikes. They spread the zone away from him. I don't think he expanded (the strike zone) all that much. He saw some fastballs, maybe in and above the belt that maybe he hasn't seen all that much of. He's learning."