Ex-Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner was introduced as manager of the Brockton Rox Friday, and afterwards he sat down for a one-on-one interview with Comcast SportsNet's Chris Collins:
On why he decided to manage the Rox:
I always wanted to manage. I coached for six years after I retired, but I always wanted to give managing a shot. This is just a perfect opportunity in a situation with a shorter season and in the Independent League, where you're just focusing on trying to win ballgames rather than just develop players.
On if he had any second thoughts about returning to this area:
Actually, the fans, the people here in New England have been great to me. I had the media issues, but as far as the people, the fans, they were great to me as a player. They appreciate the way I played. Very knowledgeable.
If he worried about one or two "rogue fans" giving him a hard time:
Well, hey, that's part of the game. Fans are, you know, sometimes they're not all there. That's why they're called fanatics . . . There's no guarantee, but I think it's going to be good.
The Boston Red Sox put up six runs in the first inning and coasted to a 9-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. led the way for the Red Sox with four and three RBI respectfully. Both outfielders had two-run home runs in the Sox’ big first inning.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up one earned run in four innings, his ERA for the spring is now 0.68.
The Red Sox are back in action again on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m when Rick Porcello makes his final spring training start against the Minnesota Twins.
Infielder Marco Hernandez may make the Red Sox roster after all.
Fellow infielder Josh Rutledge, the presumptive 25th man on the Red Sox, suffered a left hamstring strain on Tuesday against the Pirates, according to reporters in Florida, including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.
If Rutledge isn’t ready for opening day, Hernandez, a left-handed hitter, may have his crack.
The question is whether the Sox would be comfortable without a right-handed bat to complement both Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland on the corners. Rutledge was going to give the Sox that right-handed look they sought. (When Hanley Ramirez's shoulder will be healthy enough to play first base is unclear, but isn't expected to be too long.)
Neither Rutledge nor Hernandez has played first base in the majors or minors.
A big-league rookie last year, Hernandez has done decently against lefties at the upper levels of the minors, hitting .328 vs. them at Triple-A Pawtucket last season in 67 at-bats. He hit .315 in 54 at-bats at Pawtucket, with a .318 average against them that season in 88 at-bats for Double-A Portland.
Rutledge is a Rule 5 draft pick who has to remain on the major league 25-man roster the whole season or the Sox risk losing him. Placement on the disabled list doesn’t affect his status unless he’s on the disabled list for a very lengthy time.
An alternative option is Steve Selsky, who has first-base experience, but he's already been optioned.