Adrian Gonzalez: AL Player of the Week

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Adrian Gonzalez: AL Player of the Week

After this weekend's disaster against the Blue Jays, there's very little news aside from maybe trading Josh Beckett or a Fenway brick liquidation sale that would improve the ugly attitude that's taken over Red Sox Nation.

For instance: Adrian Gonzalez has been named American League Player of the Week!

See?

But since we spent so much time ranking on Gonzalez for his early struggles, it's worth taking a second to recognize his success.

According to the people who keep track this sort of thing, this is the sixth Player of the Week award of Gonzalez's career. He batted .429 (12-for-28) with three home runs, 12 RBI and five runs scored in seven games from July 15-22.

But more interesting than a silly Player of the Week award is a hit chart that was just tweeted out by ESPN Stats & Info. Go ahead. Have a look.

It shows that since June 26, Gonzalez is hitting .484 on at-bats that end on an outside pitch. This after hitting .210 before that.

This isn't an enormous surprise, seeing how often Gonzalez has gone to the opposite field recently. But it's another very encouraging sign for the Sox apathetic slugger. You can tell he's really found a groove. And when you consider that in another week or so, he'll likely be hitting fifth behind, Ellsbury, Crawford, Pedroia and Ortiz, it's safe to say there will be a few extra ducks on the pond when Gonzalez does his damage. That's good news.

And so is the Player of the Week award, I guess, even if it pales in comparison to the Sox recent struggles.

However, there's one slightly scary footnote on all this:

The last time Gonzalez won Player of the Week?

August 28, 2011

Let's hope the Sox respond better this time around.

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

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.