Ross solid in first start for Sox

Ross solid in first start for Sox
April 5, 2013, 10:15 am
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NEW YORK -- David Ross made his first start of the season and had a solid night behind the plate and at it.
     
Ross was 1-for-3 with a single, but in his final plate appearance, thought he hit connected off Pettitte for a homer. Instead, the wind and cold weather seemed to knock the ball down and Brett Gardner made the catch on the warning track.
     
"I hit that one ball pretty good,'' said Ross. "That's all I've got. I don't know if I'm getting old or what.''
     
Defensively, Ross also gunned down two would be base-stealers, throwing out Gardner in the first and Eduardo Nunez in the sixth.
     
"It's a lot of fun to throw guys out,'' said Ross. "I really have to credit (Jose Iglesias). He did a great job picking me up on (a one-hop throw). And I've got to credit Ryan (Dempster) -- he gave me a good pitch to throw on early on, on a fast base-runner, and he's quick to the plate.
     
"I threw the guys out and it goes on my stats, but I have to give a lot of credit to those guys.''
     
Only once all last year did a Red Sox catcher throw out two base stealers in the same game. Jarrod Saltalamacchia did so July 17, 2012 against the White Sox.
     
"I take it personally,'' said Ross of runners trying to steal on him. "I enjoy when guys run when a pitcher gives me time to throw. But like I said, those guys do all the work. I just try to get it down there as fast as I can.''