Red Sox acquire Valencia from Twins

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Red Sox acquire Valencia from Twins

BOSTON The Red Sox made an August waiver deal with the team theyre currently playing at Fenway Park.

The Sox dealt Dominican outfield prospect Jeremias Pineda to the Twins for struggling big league third basemen Danny Valencia, who has bounced between Triple-A Rochester and Minnesota this season.

The 27-year-old Valencia is hitting .198 for the Twins this season after leading the club with 72 RBIs last season. He was immediately optioned to Triple-A by the Sox following the deal.

Valencia finished third in AL rookie of the year voting in 2010 after hitting .311 in 85 games and smacked 45 extra base hits in 154 big league games with the Twins last year.

He struggled early. Last year he led our team in RBIs and the guy can play, said Minnesota assistant GM Rob Antony. It was a situation where he got off to a slow start, we sent him down to the minors and he was working through some things.

Its a situation where its a fresh start for him in Boston.

The 21-year-old Pineda was a late-blooming Dominican prospect that was hitting .421 (56-for-133) with 22 RBIs, 20 runs and 14 stolen bases in 36 games for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox this summer.

The switch-hitter was leading the GCL in batting average at the time of the deal, and was somebody that had caught Minnesotas eye given the close proximity of the two organizations in Fort Myers.

Pineda signed out of the Dominican a little bit older, but our staff has seen him a lot. He can run, he can hit and he can throw, said Antony. Hes got good tools. Hell go into camp next year with a chance to battle for a spot in Low-A. Hes a little bit of a late bloomer.

Valencia gives the Sox a decent emergency plan should anything happen to Will Middlebrooks down the stretch.

Quotes, notes and stars: Price's struggles 'crushing me right now'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Price's struggles 'crushing me right now'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES
"I'm so much better than this. I've just got to get better. It's crushing me right now, but I'll get there." -- David Price

"I've just got to pitch better. That's what it is right now. It's not something else. It's not bad luck. It's me, so I've got to get better." -- Price

"We had the big opportunity with David [Ortiz] and Hanley [Ramirez] in the middle of the order and bases loaded, one out. Figure that's the time we can cash in. But that wasn't the case.'' -- John Farrell on a blown opportunity in the sixth inning

"It got a little worse; the best choice was to come out of the game.'' -- Hanley Ramirez, who left in the eighth with a strained back

NOTES
-- Jackie Bradley Jr., thrown out trying to swipe third base in the fifth, was caught stealing for the first time in his career, having been successful in his first 20 atttempts.

-- David Ortiz has reached base safely in 20 straight games.

-- The shutout suffered by the Red Sox was the first since April 19 -- also against Tampa Bay.

-- The loss marked only the third time this season that the Red Sox didn't collect an extra-base hit.

-- Boston is 2-7 agains the Rays in the last nine meetings between the two.

-- The Sox are now 5-10 against lefty starters this season.

-- David Price dropped to 1-3, 6.52 in five career starts against the Rays.

-- Price has allowed 57 earned runs this season, or three fewer than all of last year.

-- Price has allowed at least one homer in nine straight starts, a career-high streak.

STARS
1) Brandon Guyer: Activated earlier Wednesday after a DL stint for a hamstring strain, Guyer made his presence felt with a solo homer to lead off the second, then added a run-scoring double as part of the three-run third.

2) Matt Moore: The lefty entered the game with a bloated 5.04 ERA, but tamed the Red Sox with seven shutout innings. He didn't allow a base hit until the sixth and yielded just three overall.

3) Logan Forsythe: Forsythe smoked a double off Price to lead off the Tampa Bay first inning, signaling that it might be a long afternoon for the Red Sox lefty. He later singled and scored in the third.