Red Sox 'moving in right direction' as April ends

Red Sox 'moving in right direction' as April ends
April 30, 2014, 6:00 pm
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BOSTON -- How difficult has it been to play baseball at Fenway Park this April? Almost tough enough to bring a grown man to tears.

"I hit a ball last night that I swear to God, I wanted to cry,” David Ortiz said. “It was so cold, but it is what it is. You don’t want to use the weather as an excuse. You definitely don’t play the same way with the cold weather [as you do] with the 70 or 80 degree weather. But we’re going to get there.”
 
Wednesday night's game between the Red Sox and Rays has been rescheduled for Thursday afternoon thanks to a storm front rolling into town.
 
It is a cold, damp, fitting end to the month of April for the Red Sox, as they sit two-and-a-half games out of first place and one game below .500 (13-14) after the season's first 30 days.

But after dealing with injuries to everyday players Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks as well as a handful of quirky start times at the beginning of the season, the Red Sox appear to be rounding into form.

Their starting pitching and bullpen have been strengths in the early going, but the Red Sox offense has come around of late as well. They have won three of their last four games and scored at least seven runs in each victory.

"Moving in the right direction," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Finishing up the month in a positive way, both in terms of health and more consistent offensive approach. We've gone through a number of challenges -- both performance-wise, health -- that kept us from being full strength for most of the month. While the win-loss record is less than we'd hoped for, we're moving in the right direction."
 
Ortiz explained that the month of April is always a challenge because of the inherent newness of every season. The New England weather in April doesn't make things any easier, either.

"April is always a tough month," he said. "You’€™ve got to deal with a lot of things, you’€™ve got to deal with the new faces, you’€™ve got to deal with the weather, you’€™ve got to deal with the new players coming from the other league, there’€™s a lot of things you’€™ve got to make adjustments. I always call April the Month of Adjustments. There are things you've gotta do to continue to be successful for the rest of the year."

The Red Sox are still clearly within striking distance of the first-place Yankees. They've weathered April. But the players, and David Ortiz in particular, are looking forward to May when things will start to feel a little more normal.

"Mother Nature, what’s going on?," Ortiz said just before Wednesday's game was officially rescheduled. "It will go away, probably a week it will get back into baseball weather. And once the weather heats up, Papi heats up."