Valentine: You don't shake off concussions

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Valentine: You don't shake off concussions

BOSTON Ryan Sweeney is the first Red Sox player to go on baseballs seven-day concussion disabled list. The concussion-specific DL was implemented before the start of the 2011 season as part of baseballs policy to manage and oversee the injury, including when a player can get back on the field.

Sweeney, who expects to be activated Monday, said he had never had a concussion or head injury before. Like all players, Sweeney was given a baseline test in spring training. He has had to pass several tests before he can be activated.

Its a necessary step in the battle against brain injuries.

Manager Bobby Valentine said he likely had several concussions in his life.

Of course, he said.

In high school football I went into the wrong huddle and stuff like that. I was concussed. I kind of liked it. I didnt know you werent supposed to like those things. It was kind of like ooooh, ya know, type of thing. But Im sure I had them in baseball.

Well, Ill donate my brain when I have my heart attack tomorrow, they can have my brain. But for sure I had them, and Im not making light of it. I am making light of it because I got over them. But it was a different world.

In a playful mood, Valentine could make light of it. But, he understands the severity of the injury.

Obviously it depends on the individual, but its got to be difficult, he said. All of sudden, youre told and you feel that theres something wrong inside, your brains not functioning like it should. You have to take pause.

The baseball culture shake it off, get back in there is changing. As it should.

I think that all the world of sport has understood that you dont shake it off and get back in there, Valentine said. And they also understand that some people have dodged bullets by shaking it off getting back in there. But its a serious situation that needs to be addressed properly. I think that baseball and all sports are trying to set the right example for kids and others.

Saturday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. KC lefty Duffy

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Saturday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. KC lefty Duffy

The Red Sox look to end their three-game losing streak tonight when the play the middle game of their three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.

Against Royals' left-hander Danny Duffy (11-1, 2.66 ERA), the Red Sox start right-handed hitters Chris Young in left field and Aaron Hill at third base. Duffy has won his past 10 decisions and came into Saturday with the fifth-best ERA in the American League. He joined the rotation from the bullpen on June 1.

Left-hander David Price (12-8, 4.00) gets the start for the Red Sox. Price has won his past three decisions, going eight, six and eight innings and not allowing more than three runs in each start. 

The Royals won the series opener 6-3 Friday night.

The lineups:

ROYALS
Paulo Orlando CF
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
Lorenzo Cain RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Salvador Perez C
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Christian Colon 2B
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Danny Duffy LHP

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Sandy Leon C
Chris Young LF
Aaron Hill 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
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David Price LHP

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts has first career five-hit night

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Quotes, notes and stars: Betts has first career five-hit night

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals

QUOTES:

"We continually do a great job in creating opportunities and I'm confident that (the struggles with men in scoring position) will turn.'' - John Farrell

"When you start off with a five-run spot in the first, that's a tough deficit to overcome.'' - Steven Wright.

"That's how it goes sometimes. Sometimes, we score when we're not expecting to and then when we need to score, sometimes it doesn't happen.'' - Mookie Betts on the team going 4-for-15 with RISP.

 

NOTES:

* The loss was just the third in the last 13 series openers for the Red Sox.

* The game marked the first time in 20 home games in which the Sox never led.

* Boston was 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

* The first four hitters in the order were 13-for-19 (.684). The fifth-through-nine hitters, however, were just 2-for-21 (.095).

* Mookie Betts (five hits) leads the majors with 55 multi-hit games.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in each of his last eight plate appearances.

* David Ortiz's double was the 625th of his career, passing Hank Aaron to move into 10 place in MLB history.

* Ortiz leads the A.L. in doubles (41) and extra-base hits (72).

 

STARS:

1) Eric Hosmer

Hosmer cranked a three-run homer into the Monster Seats four batters into the game, and the Royals were off and running with a five-run inning.

2) Ian Kennedy

The Royals starter wasn't dominant, allowing nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, but he bailed himself out of a number of jams and limited the Sox to just two runs.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts had his first career five-hit night and knocked in two of the three Red Sox runs, though he also got himself picked off first base.