Buchholz: Sox situation 'blown out of proportion'

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Buchholz: Sox situation 'blown out of proportion'

BALTIMORE Some would describe whats gone on over the last calendar year for the Red Sox as a nightmare.
The worst September collapse in Major League Baseball history, the sacking of Terry Francona and airing of nasty grievances over the winter and a 2012 baseball season that appears like it was over before it even started.
The latest is a Yahoo! Sports report that Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez were ringleaders in a player insurgency designed to get Bobby Valentine fired as the Sox manager. Pedroia and Gonzalez have made their statements or lack thereof in the last 24 hours, and some of their teammates have weighed in as well.
It's not a nightmare. I think some things get blown out of proportion a little bit every now and then everything goes from there, said Buchholz. "Everybody's here for the same reason. We're here to win, and that's still what we're trying to do.
Nobody likes losing. There's always going to be a little sour taste in your mouth after you lose some games. This team's jelled very well, even with the stuff that we gone through. Everybody's happy. Everybody comes to the field ready to play, throws it all out there and leaves it on the field.
Yes, everybody is clearly happy. Except for the 17 players that hastily called an organizational meeting in New York City last month and now appear to be scrambling for excuses and alibis. Nobody knows whether Buchholz attended the meeting in question, but it appears the players know that Valentine is going to be there manager for the remainder of the season.
He does his job. It's just like anything else, when something goes wrong, somebody has to be blamed for it. It's usually us. It is what it is, said Buchholz. There has been a lot of stuff that's been going around, a lot of it false. It's hard for a player to sit here and say that it's not true because everybody thinks you're backing up your guys. But he's doing a good job. It's a game, man, it doesn't always work.
For his part, Bobby Valentine doesnt understand where all the manager vs. players stuff is coming from via unnamed sources, but said that its patently untrue. Sox owner John Henry released a statement defending his manager once again, and clarifying that the meeting was an organizational assessment meeting to get on the same page. Henry also denied that the players were attempting to get their skipper canned.
Im not following the whole actively, but I regret that John Henry has come out there to defend me, said Valentine. I regret that were not 10 games over .500 and in first place because I dont think hed have to make any statements.
I dont know that its weighing on me, but the guys are upset that every time we win a game something else pops out of the bag of tricks. I guess this guy has been sitting on the story for three weeks, so he was sitting there waiting for the Yankees series or whatever to pop it out there. Its great stuff really good stuff.
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Chris Sale not concerned about which starter is Red Sox' ace

Chris Sale not concerned about which starter is Red Sox' ace

Trenni sits with Chris Sale and David Price during spring training in Fort Meyers.

Moreland not worried about filling Ortiz's shoes because 'there's no replacing him'

Moreland not worried about filling Ortiz's shoes because 'there's no replacing him'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mitch Moreland knows he's likely the only new player in Boston's lineup since David Ortiz retired at the end of last season.

He's just not listening to those who say he needs to replace Big Papi's lofty production.

"I try not to hear it because there's no replacing that guy," said the 31-year-old first baseman, who signed a one-year, $5.5-million deal with the Red Sox during the offseason.

"I think it's going to be more of a team effort," he said. "Obviously we picked up two big arms as well, and it's a very balanced club."

After playing his first six-plus seasons in the majors with the Texas Rangers, Moreland is with a new organization for the first time in his career. So far, he said, the move has been smooth.

"They welcomed me from Day One," he said. "Handshakes and hugs right off the bat. It's going to be a lot of fun. You can see why they had so much success last year."

Coming off a subpar 2016 with a .233 batting average, 22 homers and 60 RBI, Moreland tested free agency. He wanted to go to a team that had a good chance at competing for a championship -- like he felt with the Rangers.

"Something that was at the top of my list as a player," he said. "If I was going to be on a team, I wanted a team that had a chance to win. It makes it that much more fun to come to the park every day when something's on the line and you're fighting for a chance to play in the playoffs, fighting to win the division and fighting to win a World Series."

A first-time Gold Glove winner last season, Moreland knows the defending A.L. East champion Red Sox wanted his defensive skills at first to allow Hanley Ramirez to shift to Ortiz's vacated DH spot.

"It gives you a little more confidence," Moreland said. "I take pride in that. That's going to be my main goal, to go out and show what they saw."

A left-handed batter like Ortiz, Moreland knows some people will expect him to fill the void offensively because of which side of the plate he bats from.

"I think it'll be a group effort picking up what will be missing," he said. "There's no replacing that guy."

Manager John Farrell also said the club needs to move on from Ortiz so Moreland and everyone else can relax and focus on their own game.

"David's effect on the lineup was felt by a number of people. We know opponents would game plan for David," Farrell said. "I think it's important for our guys - as we put David out of our mind, in a good way - that it's still a focus on what their strengths are in the strike zone."

The transition may be easy for Moreland so far, but one thing has certainly changed: spending spring training in Florida instead of Arizona.

"Fishing's a lot different than Arizona, so that's nice," he said.

NOTES: "We're getting a firsthand look to why he's been so successful and an elite pitcher," Farrell said after left-hander Chris Sale pitched batting practice. The Red Sox acquired Sale from the Chicago White Sox in an offseason trade for four prospects. They also acquired right-handed, hard-throwing setup man Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee . . . Farrell said righty Steven Wright, who missed the final two months of the season with a shoulder injury, "was unrestricted in his throwing." . . . The Red Sox will have a shorter workout Tuesday with the players association set to talk to the team and the organization's annual charity golf tournament in the afternoon.