Valentine: Crawford may miss first few weeks

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Valentine: Crawford may miss first few weeks

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bobby Valentine is preparing himself to be without Carl Crawford in his Opening Day lineup April 5 in Detroit . . . and slightly beyond.

"I wouldn't be surprised if Carl's a few weeks into the season before he's really ready to go,'' said Valentine Tuesday. "I wouldn't be surprised, nor disappointed if that's what nature dictates as the healing process.''

Crawford, who underwent surgery on his left wrist last month, isn't due into camp until next week, when position players are set to report.

The Red Sox said they hoped Crawford would be ready for the season opener, but were unsure whether he'd be fully recovered and cleared.

"When he's ready and he's healed, he's going to be a welcome addition to our team,'' said Valentine. "Whenever that is. The more I've looked at Carl on film and tried to evaluate the whole thing, he's really special. We really need him. But if it's later, then that's when it will be.''

When Crawford does arrive in camp, he'll be dealing with some limiations.

"What I've heard from the training staff,'' said Valentine, "is that he can do everything except hit at the beginning of spring. Until they start getting their hands on him in the training room, until I can talk to Carl and see what he feels and believes, (we can't be sure).''

Quotes, notes and stars: Young Red Sox are 'fun to watch'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Young Red Sox are 'fun to watch'

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox' 8-3 win over Colorado Rockies:

 

QUOTES

"This is a very good fastball-hitting team and his ability to change speeds tonight was very (impressive).'' - John Farrell on David Price.

"Their preparation, their understanding of what their daily routine is. They come ready to play every single night. They come ready to play every single night. They're ready every single night when that first pitch is thrown.'' - Farrell on the team's explosiveness in the first inning.

"This game is a learning process and these kids work extremely hard every day. They want to be good. It's fun to watch.'' - David Ortiz on the core of young players and their success.

"As the game went on, I got stronger and that's good. I still want to be able to finish games better than I have my last couple of outings.'' - David Price.

 

NOTES

* Jackie Bradley Jr's hitting streak was extended to 28 games with a second-inning double.

* Xander Bogaerts extended his own hitting streak to 17 games when he doubled in the first

* The Red Sox saw their team streak of 22 straight games with at least one home run snapped.

* Dustin Pedroia posted his fourth straight multi-hit interleague game.

* David Ortiz (four RBI) has 13 multi-RBI games.

* The Red Sox are 12-2 in their last 14 home games

* David Price crossed the 1,500 inning threshold for his career, one of 11 active pitchers to reach that mark.

* Christian Vazquez delivered his first career triple.

 

STARS

1) David Ortiz

Ortiz slapped a single through the shortstop hole for two quick runs in the first, then added a two-run double in the fourth for a four RBI night.

2) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia helped set the table at the top of the batting order, reaching base four times (three hits, one walk) while scoring two runs.

3) David Price

He took the early 2-0 (and 4-1) lead and ran with it, attacking the Rockies lineup and completing seven strong innings.

 

First impressions from Red Sox' 8-3 win over Rockies

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First impressions from Red Sox' 8-3 win over Rockies

First impressions from the Red Sox' 8-3 win over the Colorado Rockies:

 

The Red Sox continue to use Fenway as their own little offensive playground.

Since April 20, the Red Sox are averaging exactly eight runs per game at home. That's just over a month of the covering 18 games.

They've also collected 10 or more hits in 16 of those 18 games, utilizing every bit of the field.

For the last two seasons, Fenway stopped being a tough place to play for opponents. But at home this year, the Sox have outscored opponents by 67 runs.

 

All of a sudden, the Red Sox are a triples team and Fenway is a triples haven.

A triple by Christian Vazquez - of all people -- gave the Red Sox a league-high 13 triples this season.

Fenway has a reputation for being a doubles park, but the ballpark has been home to 12 triples in 26 games - five by visiting teams and seven by the Red Sox. That translates into almost one every two games.

 

David Price was solid, but not spectacular.

The positives: Price got through the seventh inning for the fifth time this season. He walked just one and fanned six in seven innings.

He was hit hard a few times, with a homer into the visitor's bullpen allowed to Charlie Blackmon and a triple to the triangle for Carlos Gonzalez.

Consider it another step forward for Price, but it fell far short of dominant.

 

Koji Uehara's deception is heightened against teams that don't see him much.

Uehara allowed a leadoff single to D.J. LeMahieu, but then fanned three in a row, finishing each hitter off with his trademark split-finger fastball.

That pitch can be tough to recognize for hitters who see it a few times per season. For those in the National League who are largely unfamiliar with Uehara's splitter, it's apparently some sort of Kryptonite.