2013 Red Sox schedule released with interleague changes

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2013 Red Sox schedule released with interleague changes

Two years ago, the Red Sox complained bitterly about a nine-game interleague road trip to three straight National League cities.
Such a scheduling quirk, they argued, forced them to sit DH David Ortiz for much of the trip and re-configure their lineup for an extended period.
Beginning next year, that won't be an issue -- even though the Sox will play four road series in National League cities, according to the 2013 schedule, which was officially released Wednesday.
Thanks to realignment and two 15-team leagues, baseball must now schedule interleague play for nearly every day. That means the Sox will begin interleague play in May -- with two games in Philadelphia May 29-30 -- and end it in late September.
That also means that the Sox will only once play consecutive road series: they have back-to-back three-game sets in San Francisco and Los Angeles from Aug. 19-25.
The other NL trip is two-game series in Denver against the Colorado Rockies in the final week of the season.
When the schedule was formulated, Major League Baseball and the Players Association agreed to limit interleague play as much as possible in September, so as to not force teams to play by rules other than their own in the final weeks of the season when playoff races are at stake. Unlike past seasons, under the new schedule, the Red Sox do not visit any non-division AL teams more than once. Another scheduling quirk has the Yankees not visiting Boston until after the All-Star break. When the Yanks do come to Fenway, all three of their visits are on the weekend -- presumably to offer MLB's TV partners, Fox and ESPN, the maximum exposure for Sox-Yankee games.

Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

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Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

CHICAGO -- Everything was going smoothly until the No. 9 hitter.

Protecting a 1-0 lead in the third inning Monday in his first start of 2017, David Price walked two straight batters with none on and one out in the third inning. Ninth-place hitter Adam Engel walked, as did leadoff man Tim Anderson -- who had drawn just four walks in 181 plate appearances entering the game.

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Price, whose command was in question coming off just two rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, immediately paid for the consecutive free passes.

Melky Cabrera jumped on Price's first pitch, a middle-in fastball, for a three-run homer and a 3-1 lead.

The Sox got Price two runs back in the top of the fourth inning, giving him something of a fresh slate with a tie game at 3-3. He took advantage of the second chance, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning and keeping the game tied, and was rewarded when Mookie Betts homered to lead off the fifth and put the Red Sox back on top, 4-3.

He immediately put himself back in hot water by hitting the first two batters in the bottom of the fifth. But two groundballs to the left side -- the second of which, hit by Cabrera, was turned into an inning-ending double play -- got Price and the Sox out of the inning with their lead intact.

Back from an elbow injury, Price was impressive out of the gate in his first major league game since last year's playoffs. He struck out Anderson to begin his season and needed just 14 pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning.

The lefty touched 96 mph on the final pitch of the first inning, which produced an easy groundout to shortstop from first baseman Jose Abreu.

Price was staked to a 1-0 lead before he threw a pitch.

Betts' leadoff double against Chicago's David Holmberg gave way to a run thanks to some great Betts base running. He took third base on Dustin Pedroia's ground out and then scored on a foul pop up that Abreu, the first baseman, snagged in foul territory with a basket catch — a rare sacrifice fly to the first baseman.

Home runs were a big problem for Price last year. So too was the third inning, when he had a 6.03 ERA.

Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

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Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

CHICAGO -- Injury scares are finding Dustin Pedroia in all the wrong places.

The Red Sox second baseman was pulled in the second inning Monday afternoon against the White Sox because of a left wrist sprain, an injury he seemed to suffer on a collision running to first base in the top of the first inning.

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He and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu converged on the bag at the same time on a grounder to Abreu, and Pedroia tumbled over Abreu

Pedroia had season-ending surgery on the wrist in September 2014, addressing a tendon issue. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee this year, and missed time after Manny Machado's slide caught him in that leg in April.

Pedroia during the last homestand was pulled as a precaution because of concern for that leg.

Josh Rutledge took over for Pedroia at second base.