Red Sox trade for Seattle catcher Quiroz

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Red Sox trade for Seattle catcher Quiroz

SEATTLE -- At least Guillermo Quiroz didn't have far to go when he learned he'd been traded Tuesday.

The Red Sox obtained Quiroz from the Mariners for cash considerations. For Quiroz, the relocation meant merely walking down the concourse from the Mariners' home clubhouse to the visiting clubhouse occupied by the Sox, several hundred feet down the hall at Safeco Field.

"It was something I wasn't expecting, that's for sure," said Quiroz.

Quiroz gives the Red Sox a third catcher at the major league level, joining Ryan Lavarnway and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Sox didn't have another catcher on their 40-man roster, with Dan Butler catching at Pawtucket.

This gives Bobby Valentine some flexibility, especially since the manager has been using both Lavarnway and Saltalamacchia in the same starting lineup -- one behind the plate and the other often at DH.

Under the old set-up, if Valentine had to move the catcher who was serving as DH behind the plate, the Sox would lose use of the DH the rest of the game, to say nothing of not having a backup on the bench.

Quiroz has been with Toronto, Seattle, Texas and Baltimore and has played in 101 games at the major league level, though not at all since 2010.

"I've been around for a little bit," said Quiroz, who is 30. "I've gotten a little bit of service time so I guess they're counting on (having some experience)."

The challenge for Quiroz will be learning the pitching staff in a hurry.

"I'll have to do my best to get to know them," Quiroz said. "Tendencies, pitches they use to get people out . . . The best way to do it just catching them in the bullpen and try to talk to them. That's how you create your relationships."

The Red Sox haven't announced the rotation past Wednesday, the final game of the road trip. The Sox have off-days in the schedule Thursday and again Monday, giving them a chance to re-shuffle the rotation as they choose.

"We're looking at it," said Valentine. "We'll look at what happens the next time through."

Valentine worked out utility man Ivan DeJesus in the outfield Tuesday afternoon in the event he's needed to cover the position. DeJesus told Valentine he's comfortable playing either left field or right field.

Franklin Morales played catch Tuesday. He remains on the DL for another week with shoulder weakness. The Sox expect he'll return to the rotation when his 15-day stint is up this weekend.

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts has first career five-hit night

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Quotes, notes and stars: Betts has first career five-hit night

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals

QUOTES:

"We continually do a great job in creating opportunities and I'm confident that (the struggles with men in scoring position) will turn.'' - John Farrell

"When you start off with a five-run spot in the first, that's a tough deficit to overcome.'' - Steven Wright.

"That's how it goes sometimes. Sometimes, we score when we're not expecting to and then when we need to score, sometimes it doesn't happen.'' - Mookie Betts on the team going 4-for-15 with RISP.

 

NOTES:

* The loss was just the third in the last 13 series openers for the Red Sox.

* The game marked the first time in 20 home games in which the Sox never led.

* Boston was 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

* The first four hitters in the order were 13-for-19 (.684). The fifth-through-nine hitters, however, were just 2-for-21 (.095).

* Mookie Betts (five hits) leads the majors with 55 multi-hit games.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in each of his last eight plate appearances.

* David Ortiz's double was the 625th of his career, passing Hank Aaron to move into 10 place in MLB history.

* Ortiz leads the A.L. in doubles (41) and extra-base hits (72).

 

STARS:

1) Eric Hosmer

Hosmer cranked a three-run homer into the Monster Seats four batters into the game, and the Royals were off and running with a five-run inning.

2) Ian Kennedy

The Royals starter wasn't dominant, allowing nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, but he bailed himself out of a number of jams and limited the Sox to just two runs.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts had his first career five-hit night and knocked in two of the three Red Sox runs, though he also got himself picked off first base.

 

First impressions: Royals' five-run first inning dooms Red Sox in 6-3 loss

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First impressions: Royals' five-run first inning dooms Red Sox in 6-3 loss

First impressions from the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

 

Steven Wright recovered nicely after the first inning, but the damage was done.

Wright's last five innings featured just three hits allowed -- one in the infield. But the first inning did the Red Sox in -- two walks followed by a three-run homer, then a single and a two-run homer.

Whether this was a matter of rust for Wright -- who last pitched three weeks ago Friday night -- or an early inability to command his knuckleball is uncertain.

The fact is, Wright dug an early hole for his teammates, and he had the misfortune to do so against a team with the best bullpen in baseball.

To his credit, Wright kept the game somewhat within reach thereafter, but the five-run head start proved too much of a jump.

 

It's time to worry a little about Jackie Bradley.

Bradley was just 7-for-40 in the just-completed road trip, and things didn't get any better on the first night of the homestand.

In the first, he came up with two on and two out and struck out swinging to strand both baserunners. In the third, he came to the plate with runners on the corners and, again, struck out swinging.

We're seeing the same kind of slump that Bradley fell into in previous seasons, where even contact is hard to find, with nine strikeouts in the last 16 at-bats.

Problem is, with Andrew Benitendi on the DL, there aren't a lot of options for John Farrell with the Red Sox outfield.

 

Trying to get Fernando Abad and Junichi Tazawa back on track in low- leverage mop-up didn't work.

Tazawa had a perfect seventh, but gave up a monster shot into the center field bleachers to Lorenzo Cain to start the eighth.

Abad entered, and while he did record a couple of strikeouts, also gave up a single, a walk and threw a wild pitches before he could complete the inning.

Getting some work for the two was the right idea, given that the Sox were down by three runs at the time. A good outing might help either regain some confidence and turn the corner.

But not even that could be accomplished Friday night.