Three things we learned from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday
CHARLOTTE - Tom Brady didn't merely fly to Carolina because he likes having his ears pop.
The Patriots quarterback will indeed play Friday night against the Carolina Panthers. Given Bill Belichick's stated objective of making Jimmy Garoppolo's preparation for the season's first four games a priority, it was uncertain whether Brady would be on the field even though he traveled. But with Brady a late scratch last Thursday against the Bears after gouging his thumb just before kickoff, his chances for game reps before his exile were waning.
Brady made it very clear this week that he doesn't just want the game reps for tuning up and getting knocked around but because he believes it's his job and responsibility to be out there leading the team, regardless of where he'll be the first four weeks of the year. With him feeling that strongly about playing being important for his preparation and for his standing within the team, it makes sense for Belichick to give him reps.
It's not known whether Brady or Garoppolo will start or how many series either quarterback will play Friday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:
* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.
* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.
* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.
* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts
* Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.
* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.
* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.
* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.
* The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.
* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.
* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.
* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.
1) Jake Odorizzi
The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.
2) Mikie Mahtook
Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.
3) Dustin Pedroia
The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.