Report: Mets considering trade for Shoppach

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Report: Mets considering trade for Shoppach

According to multiple reports from over the weekend, the New York Mets are in the market for a catcher to platoon with Josh Thole. They have explored options like Miguel Olivo of the Mariners and Ramon Hernandez of the Rockies. A familiar face could also on the Mets radar.

According to Peter Gammons, the Mets have also considered trading for Red Sox backup Kelly Shoppach.

Mets have considered Kelly Shoppach if price on Ramon Hernandez is too high, which would get Ryan Lavarnway to Boston. Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 14, 2012

Shoppach is hitting .269 with 4 home runs and 12 RBI for the Red Sox this season. In his career, Shoppach has a .902 OPS against left handed pitching.

The 32-year-old would be an improvement against left handed pitching for the Mets as their current backup, Mike Nickeas, is hitting only .172 against southpaws this season.

Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 9-8 loss to the Tigers

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Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 9-8 loss to the Tigers

Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Boston Red Sox' 9-8 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

* "On a night when (Clay) Buchholz was unavailable, (Matt) Barnes was unavailable, we were trying to get him as deep as possible to get us into those middle innings and possibly beyond.'' John Farrell on sticking with starter Steven Wright as long as he did.

* "We finally take the lead and I go out there and walk the first two guys. You can't do that. The guys kept battling back and for to dig another hole, it's tough.'' Steven Wright, recounting his fifth inning after the Red Sox had rallied to go ahead 5-4.

* "That's the guy you want. No other guy on the team, regardless of whether (someone else) is going 5-for-5. He's the guy that you want in that situation. He's done it so many times in his career. I'll pick him any day, before anyone.'' Xander Bogaerts on David Ortiz, who came to the plate in the ninth representing the potential winning run, but hit into a game-ending double play.

NOTES:

* The Red Sox are just 5-9 against Detroit since 2014.

* The loss means the Red Sox will lose this series, their first after winning or tying six straight.

* David Ortiz has now had 12 seasons with 25 or more homers, second-most in Red Sox history behind Ted Williams

* Ortiz tied Joe DiMaggio for 95th place on baseball's all-time run list with 1,390.

* Mookie Betts enjoyed his fifth multiple-double game of the season.

* For Betts, it was his 43rd multi-hit game this season, most in the majors.

* Dustin Pedroia (single) reached base safely for the 29th straight game

* Four of the nine players in the Tigers lineup -- Victor Martinez, Jose Iglesias, Mike Aviles and Jarrod Saltalamacchia once played for the Red Sox.

STARS:

1) Jarrod Saltalamacchia

The former Red Sox catcher had three hits on the night, none bigger than in the fifth when his two-run single was the key hit in the four-run inning.

2) Miguel Cabrera

Three batters into the game, Cabrera drove a pitch from Steven Wright out to right field for a quick 2-0 Detroit lead and the slugger's 20th homer of the season.

3) David Ortiz

Ortiz couldn't come through when he represented the potential winning run in the ninth, but he got the Red Sox back into the game in the third when his three-run homer almost erased the Tigers' 4-0 head start.

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First Impressions from the Red Sox' 9-8 loss to the Tigers

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First Impressions from the Red Sox' 9-8 loss to the Tigers

First Impressions from the Boston Red Sox' 9-8 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

* Steven Wright continues to have problems with the weather.

Recall earlier this season that Wright's worst start of the season came in an outing against Houston, which was played in a non-stop downpour. Unable to properly grip the ball because of the wet conditions, Wright was pounded.

On Tuesday, there wasn't rain in the forecast, but the extreme heat and humidity -- gametime temperature was a steamy 92 degrees -- appeared to have some issues gripping the baseball because of sweat building up on his hand and arm.

Some of the knuckleballs Wright threw were flat with little movement, likely in part because he couldn't "push'' them out of his grip thanks to the slipperiness of the ball.

It's unclear what the Red Sox can do about this going forward, but if Wright has to be so protected against the elements to be successful, then the Sox have a problem.

* The bullpen remains a nightly adventure.

It's never a good thing when your starter can't through the fifth inning. It's even worse when the relievers who are then called upon can't shut the door, either.

Robbie Ross Jr., who has been up-and-down in his effectiveness for much of the year, retired five of the first six hitters he faced.

So far, so good.

But with two out in the seventh and the bases empty, Ross inexplicably lost command. First, he plunked Justin Upton. Then, he allowed a single. Then he issued consecutive walks to the eighth and ninth hitters in the Tigers' lineup, including a bases-loaded free pass to light-hitting Tyler Collins (.184 coming in).

It's that kind of unpredictability that makes it hard to navigate through the opponents batting order in the late innings

 * The drought with the bases loaded ended, but struggles with RISP continue

The Sox got a run-scoring single with the bases full by Dustin Pedroia in the sixth, producing a run, and ending a drought in which the Sox have, time after time, been unable to capitalize with the bases full.

But the situational hitting continues to dog them.

After going 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position Monday night, the Sox were only marginally better (3-for-10) on Tuesday.

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Pedro says David Price has shown signs of what it takes to be an ace

Pedro says David Price has shown signs of what it takes to be an ace

Pedro Martinez knows what it takes to be an ace. He also knows what it takes to pitch successfully in Boston.

And he believes David Price is capable of being the former and has the makeup to achieve the latter -- in time.

"I would just say, as a human being, I would say (he) has to make adjustments,'' said Martinez when asked what advice he would give Price. "It's the first year on a team that holds a lot of expectations. For David, it's just a matter of probably understanding how he feels comfortable around the things that he does, what David Price needs for David Price to feel more comfortable and make the adjustment as quick as possible.

"I believe he's capable of it. He's given a lot of signs that he's the ace we all expect. And, to be honest, I think he's going to be alright. It's just a matter of making the adjustment as quickly as possible.''

Whether Price may be trying too hard to justify his landmark $217 million deal, or unsure of how to handle the disappointing results he's provided, Martinez suggested that Price has to be mentally tough.

"Sometimes, it's within you what you can do,'' he said. "I think he has to trust what he can do. I think that probably trusting what he knows and what he's capable of doing would be the biggest key.''

Whatever the reason, Martinez doesn't believe there's a physical explanation for Price's struggles.

"I don't see anything wrong,'' he said. "His velocity is there. He can last eight, nine innings, easily. He's in great shape. He looks good overall, except some games just don't go his way and sometimes it doesn't look like everything (works) for him. But I believe he just has to trust what he is, the presence he has and his knowledge.

"It's up to you sometimes to say, 'Hey I know this. I know this situation, so I'm just going to go approach it.' And that's probably what he needs to do - is just trust who he is, what he knows and the stuff he has.''

When asked if he would approach Price and deliver a message, Martinez was careful.

''I don't want to invade anybody's territory,'' he said. "I would like to be respectful to him and also the coaching staff. I'm part of the organization. I'm here to help. But like I said, the biggest adjustment is the adjustment David Price makes. It's not really what Pedro says, or what Pedro used to do. David Price is David Price; Pedro Martinez is Pedro Martinez.''

Martinez was also asked about Clay Buchholz, who is currently serving a mop-up man in the bullpen.

"Bucky lost a little bit of confidence,'' said Martinez. "That's what it looks like to me. Right now, he doesn't really have a path to follow and I think he's missing (Jon) Lester, big time. He's missing (John) Lackey. He's missing probably relating to someone just like him, who really understands him from back (in the day) -- David Ross, Jason Varitek.

"I think he's mature enough to kind of understand what to do. But some people don't actually have that ability to understand what to do when times of struggles come.''

Finally, Martinez was asked about his reaction to the Red Sox dealing away pitching phenom Anderson Espinoza in the trade for Drew Pomeranz. Martinez had been a vocal supporter of Espinoza and predicted stardom for him.

"The thing is, you have to understand, this team is trying to work for today, for this year. That's the reason you produce those kind of players, so you can have the flexibility to move to different areas,” Martinez said. “I was extremely proud that I was part of the (group) that saw Espinoza from the first time and hopefully now the trade we made is going to end up helping us win the championship.

"And Espinoza probably will feel really proud that, if we win it this year, he was probably the biggest reason.''

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