Pedro comes home

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Pedro comes home

The Red Sox are experiencing a rare gust of positive publicity this afternoon, thanks to the announcement that Pedro Martinez has re-joined the organization as Special Assistant to the General Manager.

For more on what that actually means, here's Ben Cherington, via the team's official press release: "Pedro will be involved in several areas, including the evaluation, mentorship, and instruction of young players in Spring Training and throughout the season."

Translation: Pedro's going to do whatever the hell he wants. He'll come and go as he pleases. He'll be great to have around, but he won't always be around. Bottom line: I highly doubt you'll see him sitting in Johnny Pesky's old dugout seat 81 games a year.

And that's fine. After all, that's Pedro. He did whatever he wanted when he was pulling in eight figures as the ace of one of the most obsessed-over franchises in sports. There's no question that he'll approach this new position with that same unique Pedroality. Personally, I'm already looking forward to team picture day, when everyone's waiting around the Monster as Lucchino stands in the corner screaming into his cell phone: "Where the eff is Martinez?! God damn it, Ben. I told you this was a stupid."

It's going to be awesome. Just the idea of having Pedro around, even if it's only once in a while, is going to be awesome. If he takes the job seriously, you have to think that he can make an impact. Who doesn't respect Pedro Martinez? Who knows more about the art of pitching and the mentality a player needs to be successful (especially in Boston)? Even if he doesn't take it that seriously, it will just be fun to have Pedro back in the mix; a welcomed diversion from the mess the Three Stooges have made.

Either way, it's winwin.

But here are three ways it can get even better.

1. Pedro needs to join Twitter. He was born for Twitter.

2. Pedro must insist that the Sox hold a special pre-game ceremony to honor the life and legacy of Nelson de la Rosa who was conspicuously and flagrantly absent from last year's centennial celebration.

3. You've heard of teams growing playoff beards, but that's played out. On the other hand, playoff jehri curls are an untapped commodity, and just what this team needs to get back to the top. And if they don't make the playoffs? I don't care. Call them "last place jehri curls."

As long as there are jehri curls.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Wright, Sox try to salvage 3-3 homestand

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Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Wright, Sox try to salvage 3-3 homestand

The Red Sox try to end their short homestand at 3-3 and take two of three from the last-place Tampa Bay Rays in the series finale this afternoon at Fenway Park.

Steven Wright (13-6, 3.18 ERA), who allowed five first-inning runs to the Kansas Royals in his last start - his first since coming off the disabled list - is on the mound for the Red Sox. Left-hander Drew Smyly (6-11, 4.80) starts for the Rays.

The Red Sox begin a nine-game road trip to Oakland, San Diego and Toronto on Friday night. 

The lineups:

RAYS

Logan Forsythe 2B

Kevin Kiermaier 2B

Evan Longoria 3B

Brad Miller DH

Nick Franklin RF

Logan Morrison 1B

Tim Beckham SS

Corey Dickerson LF

Bobby Wilson C

Drew Smyly 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

 

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'a pitch or two from finishing the job' vs. Rays

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'a pitch or two from finishing the job' vs. Rays

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES:

"Part of that job is, when you miss, you have to miss to the extreme.'' - John Farrell on the role of eighth-inning reliever Clay Buchholz, who mislocated a fastball to Evan Longoria.

"We're putting ourselves in position to close games out and yet we've found ourselves a pitch or two from finishing the job.'' - Farrell on the team's bullpen woes.

"Fastball. I was trying to throw it up-and-away, and I pulled it, more inner-third. That's a spot where he hits the ball a long way.'' - Clay Buchholz on the game-winning homer by Longoria.

 

NOTES:

* The Rays and Sox have played 21 one-run games in the lasr four seasons and four in the last week.

* David Ortiz's sacrifice fly in the sixth was his 26th go-ahead RBI, fourth-best in the A.L.

* Xander Bogaerts collected his 500th career hit, and became the fifth Red Sox player to reach that milestone before turning 24.

* Brock Holt's double in the fifth lifted his average to .337 with two outs.

* Hanley Ramirez's home run was his first against Tampa Bay since May 21, 2011 when he was with the Marlins.

* Ramirez has 19 extra-base hits in the last 27 home games.

* Dustin Pedroia was 1-for-3 and and is now 15-for-his-last-19 at Fenway.

* The Sox dropped to 7-37 when they score three runs or fewer.

* Brad Ziegler was unavailable, suffering from the flu.

 

STARS:

1) Evan Longoria

It wouldn't be a Rays win over the Red Sox without the third baseman doing some damage. Sure enough, he smoked a tape-measure shot over everything in left in the eighth to provide the winning margin for the visitors.

2) Luke Maile

Drew Pomeranz struck him out twice, but Maile more than got revenge in the seventh with a two-run homer into the Monster Seats to tie the game.

3) Hanley Ramirez

The first baseman had a three-hit night, including a solo homer and a run-scoring single, accounting for two of the three Red Sox runs.