Sox take no offense at Blue Jays

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Sox take no offense at Blue Jays

TORONTO -- By any measure, pitching has been the Red Sox' chief weakness through the team's first five games. The bullpen was directly responsible for two losses and a poor starting effort in another resulted in a lopsided shutout.
But the offense has been far from blameless. After Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Sox have scored three runs or fewer three times already.
Kyle Drabek, whom the Sox battered for 15 hits and 12 runs in two starts covering nine innings last year, was far more successful against them this time. Drabek limited the Sox to just three hits and a run in 5 13 innings.
"He threw a splitter that kind of cut and ran away when you thought it was going to come back over the plate,'' explained Kevin Youkilis. "He was spotting up pitches a lot better than last year. He was commanding the zone. He kind of went in and out and knew where the ball was going a little bit more than he used to.
"He got ahead and stayed ahead. He's got great stuff and when you have great stuff and command it, it's tough to hit.''
Until the ninth inning, the Sox were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
They squandered a first-and-second chance with one out in the second and similarly wasted a one-out double from Cody Ross in the fifth. Ross, in fact, never advanced, much less scored.
But the Sox' biggest missed opportunity came in the sixth, when they scored their first run, managed to chase Drabek, and -- trailing by only 3-1 -- had runners on first and third with one out.
But Youkilis, who had earlier snapped an 0-for-12 streak with a sharp double to right, grounded into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play against reliever Jason Frasor. Toronto scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, and the game, essentially, was over.
Leadoff runners -- Ryan Sweeney, on a double in the seventh, and Dustin Pedroia, who reached on an infield single in the eighth -- were also wasted.
Not until the ninth did the Sox show any life. But it was far from enough.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.

Bryan Stork: 'Nothing but great memories' with Patriots

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Bryan Stork: 'Nothing but great memories' with Patriots

After being traded to the Washington Redskins this week, former Patriots center Bryan Stork broke his 35-day Twitter silence to say farewell to New England.

For those who are wondering, the acronym "HTTR" stands for "Hail to the Redskins," the team's fight song. #HTTR is used by the team and fans on social media.

Stork was reportedly mulling retirement after being dealt, but has decided to report. 

The Patriots informed Stork of his release early Wednesday, but the Patriots and Redskins were able to work out a deal for a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick before the move was processed.