Red Sox Notes: Crawford starting, Bailey continues rehab

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Red Sox Notes: Crawford starting, Bailey continues rehab

BOSTON Carl Crawford is in the starting lineup tonight, his fifth consecutive day after getting a day off Saturday against the Yankees in New York.Over the weekend it had been stated that Crawford would be on a four-day program, getting scheduled offdays. But the Red Sox later backed off that plan.Manager Bobby Valentine said he talked with Crawford Thursday afternoon, before the start of the four-game series against the Twins.He came in. I talked with him. Said he felt great, Valentine said. I said make sure you go in and talk to the training room, tell them how you feel. He went in, he was examined, he was massaged, he was conversed with. Trainer Rick Jameyson came into my office and gave me hes good to go.That initial program seemed to be exactly what he need to get him over some initial humps.-- Andrew Bailey is scheduled to pitch again Friday for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, the second appearance on his 30-day rehab assignment. He pitched one scoreless inning Wednesday, giving up one hit. Valentine said Bailey felt fine today after his outing.He felt really good, physically, Valentine said. It was the first time so there were a lot of checkpoints that he was going over. But he felt good.
-- Catcher Ryan Lavarnway is making his first start with the Sox since the final game last season, Sept. 28 in Baltimore. Valentine said he is not concerned with Lavarnways lack of familiarity with the major league pitching staff. Lavarnway will be behind the plate for left-hander Jon Lester Thursday night against the Twins.I think there's some comfort level with Lester, Valentine said. Hells bells, he was catching in Triple A and we were sending guys every-other day that he wasnt used to for two months and then guys were coming up from Double A. Theres probably some learning experience but I dont think its monumental.
-- Valentine responded to inquiries regarding his comments on a radio show yesterday morning on which he said ownership had talked to him about a comment he made earlier this year to Will Middlebrooks after the third baseman had a rough defensive inning. It happened two-and-a-half months ago or something. Its the most stupid thing that I ever said, on a radio program, Valentine said. But it was also ridiculous for someone to repeat it, I think. And thats the point I was trying to make.Its silly. Whatever. I dont even remember when it was. But if you need it, because if you dont talk about it, it becomes a bigger story because then the media can make it up.
He came into the dugout. He made a couple of errors, and I said, Nice inning, kid. I had thought I had established a relationship with him where I could say something like that and he would kind of smile or relax a little. Maybe he grimaced. I dont know. But someone overheard it and decided that it was a very dreadful thing for a manager to ever say to a young player and decided to repeat it a few times, this dreadful thing. And that person didn't go to the locker with me when I met with Will after the game to explain to him when I made three errors in a game, and I was 21 years old, and the fans wanted to boo me off the field, and how I got through it and other guys got through it and its a great learning experience. And I dont think that Will has been mortally wounded by the two-and-a-half month ago comment.Valentine said he did not know who it was who repeated his comment.Asked if he was bothered by the situation, Valentine replied:No, it was expected. Some guys dont get it.

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels:

QUOTES

* “He just had very good command the entire night. Stayed ahead in the count [and] pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone. He used his four-seamer in on some powerful right-handed hitters in their lineup.” John Farrell on Rick Porcello’s performance.

* “We needed a win bad and swung the bats well and played good defense. That’s a big win for us.” Rick Porcello said after his win in an interview with NESN.

* “24 hours ago we were probably in a much different place mentally after a ball game like tonight.” Farrell on the win.

“That was probably the first time I sat on off-speed pitches this whole year. I took a chance, took a gamble.” Jackie Bradley Jr. said on his home run.

NOTES

* Rick Porcello completed his first game in a Red Sox uniform in the 6-2 win. The CG was the fifth of his career and his first since he threw three in 2014. The righty has 14 wins, one win shy of tying his career high.

* Xander Bogaerts had his first multi extra-base hit performance of the season since June 11. He’s only done that twice this season. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

* David Ortiz logged his 85th RBI of the season in the win and Mookie Betts his 67th. Heading into Friday night’s game, the two were one of five pairs of teammates ranking in the top 20 in RBI. The list includes Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

* Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 32 straight games.

STARS

1) Rick Porcello

Porcello had his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform, stopping Boston’s losing skid at four games.

2) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts finished with a double and a home run -- the only Boston hitter with multiple hits. He also led the Red Sox with three RBI and scoring twice in the win.

3) Dustin Pedroia

In addition to walking in his first two at-bats, Pedroia had a base hit -- and another walk -- scoring twice on the night.

First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

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First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 win over Los Angeles:

Rick Porcello is not fazed by his fellow staff members’ struggles.

Although his teammates continue to deal with frustrations on almost a nightly basis, Porcello got the job done and put Boston in a position to win once again.

The second-inning double by Daniel Nava should have been a single, had Jackie Bradley Jr. not misplayed a funny hop. If that hit is a single, the next ground ball is a double -- and the following grounder ends the inning.

One of the most impressive components of his outing was dealing with Cole Kalhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to finish his outing after already facing them three times on the night.

Xander Bogaerts had his first multi-hit game in a week.

Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a long time -- but that can feel like a long time given the shortstop’s output this year.

It was also his first multi extra-base hit performance since June 11.

Oddly enough, those are his only two games of that kind this season.

In addition to the win, Porcello did the bullpen a favor.

Not necessarily because the relievers needed rest, but with Ziegler’s last two rough nights, they could use a break.

Although Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz got warm late, it was more so to keep them fresh for the coming games since they haven’t thrown much.

Additionally, he gave an example for the Red Sox starting rotation that they are in fact capable of going the distance.

Tim Lincecum is barely a shell of what he used to be.

That first inning was hard to watch. The former Cy Young Award-winner threw eight straight balls, and somehow managed to work past. Even his final throw to first base in he opening frame looked like it was going off the mark.

Just hard to watch in general, which made it all the more shocking that the Red Sox couldn’t score against him.

Good for them that he never adjusted, and they took advantage of it in the ensuing innings.

Merloni: ‘Missed opportunities left and right’ for Red Sox

Merloni: ‘Missed opportunities left and right’ for Red Sox

Lou Merloni talks about the Red Sox losing 6 out of the last 7 games and if David Price should have stayed in the game for the 9th inning.