BOSTON -- With the disastrous season of 2012 now in the record books and one casualty to go along with it in the form of now-former manager Bobby Valentine the Red Sox must begin to look at other areas that can be improved.Red Sox presidentCEO Larry Lucchino and general manager Ben Cherington met with reporters Thursday afternoon and evening in a series of small interviews.Cherington, the first-year general manager, was asked to assess the job he did this season.Not good enough, he said. This season has not gone well by any measure and were all responsible. But Im head of baseball operations and were responsible to bring the roster together. And when you win as few games as we did theres obviously flaws. So, we look back critically at decisions weve made going back including last offseason and started to identify ways that we can, I think, make better decisions moving forward and weve had a lot of frank discussion about that, within baseball ops and also with ownership. So disappointing but fully committed to making it better and confident we will.We have enormous confidence in Ben and the player development, player operations department, Lucchino said. But we also feel that there are things we can do given the performance of this year to make it even better going forward. Were going fill some holes that we have. Bens taken some steps already -- the hiring of Jason Varitek as a special assistant to Cherington, the hiring of Eddie Bane as a special assistant to player personnel. Focusing a little bit more either on experienced players and their observations or experienced scouting evaluators and their observations. I think it will make us an even better baseball operation, baseball organization.Cherington will start the process of interviewing for a new manager on Friday, with Varitek assisting in the search. Asked the status of the coaches, Cherington replied:I havent had a chance to reach out to all of them yet. So I dont have anything to report there. But I will do so soon.In addition to a new manager, the Sox will have other roster needs to fill this offseason. Asked what other issues will be among his top priorities, Cherington replied:I didnt want this to be a referendum on the season. Im sure well have more of a chance to talk about that. But I think its clear there are areas we need to improve on, some of them Ive already talked about. But well get going right away on the search process for the manager and vetting candidates.
Lou Merloni, Trenni Kusnierek and John Farrell talk about life without David Ortiz.
Brian Bogusevic's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a come-from-behind, 8-7, spring training victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Bogusevic, 32, an outfielder signed to a minor league deal this winter, played in Japan last season and hasn't been in the major leagues since 2015 with the Phillies.
Reliever Tyler Thornburg, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had a rough outing in his Red Sox debut. He allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell behind 7-3 by the fourth inning.
Left-hander Roenis Elias started for Boston and allowed a first-inning home run to Byungho Park. He struck out three in two innings.
Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and first base prospect Sam Travis, hitting .500 this spring, tied it at 7 with an RBI double in the sixth.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers and Chris Sale will make his first start March 6 against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach. Rodriguez injured his knee in winter ball in Venezuela and threw his first batting practice session on Saturday.
The Red Sox next travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m.