BOSTON Aaron Cook allowed five runs in the fifth, including back-to-back home runs, as the Red Sox dropped their series and season finale to the Tigers, 7-5, Wednesday night at Fenway Park.Cook handled the Tigers with relative ease through the first three innings, giving up just two hits a first-inning Miguel Cabrera single, and a third-inning Ramon Santiago single.The Sox offense gave him a one-run lead in the first. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double down the first base line against Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello. Ellsbury took third on Dustin Pedroias fly out to center, scoring on Cody Ross single to right.But, Cook began to struggle in the fourth. He hit Quintin Berry with a pitch to open the inning. With Cabrera at bat, Cook picked Berry off first and then got Cabrera to fly out to Ryan Kalish in right field. But Prince Fielder doubled off the wall in left, scoring on Brennan Boeschs single to center.Cook unraveled in the fifth. He gave up consecutive singles to Alex Aviles and Jhonny Peralta to open the inning. Each moved up on Santiagos sacrifice bunt. Avila scored on Austin Jacksons single to left with Peralta scoring on Berrys groundout. Jackson moved up to third when Cook unleashed a wild pitch, but that quickly became moot when Cabrera launched a titanic shot over the Green Monster, scoring Jackson, for his 26th home run of the season. On Cooks next pitch Fielder homered into the first row of seats in the center field bleachers.That ended Cooks outing, bringing in new acquisition Craig Breslow. It was his first appearance with the Sox since Sept. 29, 2006. Breslow struck out Brennan Boesch on three pitches to end the inning.Cook went 4 23 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits, two home runs, a hit batter, and a wild pitch with no walks or strikeouts. He took the loss, falling to 2-5, as his ERA rose from 4.50 to 5.24.The Sox got three runs in the sixth to cut their deficit to 6-4. Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, and Cody Ross each singled to open the inning, loading the bases. Jarrod Saltalamacchia ground into a double play, erasing Ross, scoring Pedroia. Gonzalez scored on Will Middlebrooks single to right. A walk to Ryan Kalish ended Porcellos outing. Left-hander Phil Coke entered, giving up a single to Pedro Ciriaco, scoring Middlebrooks, before Jacoby Ellsbury struck out to end the inning.The Tigers added a run in the eighth when Delmon Young solo a solo home run around the Pesky Pole off Andrew Miller, putting the Tigers up, 7-5.Cook got the win, going 5 23 innigns, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He improved to 8-6.Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said today on WEEI's Dale and Holley Show that he has not apologized to Dennis Eckersley for the recent incident on a team flight in which David Price ripped into the Hall of Fame pitcher -- to the applause of some teammates -- for being too critical in his role as a team broadcaster.
“Yeah, that’s a no,” Farrell responded when asked specifically if he had apologized to Eck.
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According to Brooks Sutherland's story on WEEI.com, Farrell said he has spoken to Eckersley since the incident and has a "positive in a professional way" relationship with Eck.
Sutherland quoted Farrell as saying: “I’ve had interactions with Eck, yes. I have, yeah. Whether it’s been at the hotel, or whether it’s been at the ballpark, there’s been interactions there, yes . . . At the time when we did meet, which was down in Texas, as I mentioned, and then again in the ballpark there. I’m aware that people reached out to him the morning after the incident when we were headed in to Toronto. So, knowing that that was in place, you know, I followed with my conversations with Eck as I’ve always done. They’ve been cordial, there’s been professional respect on both side and I think my relationship with him is positive in a professional way.”
Farrell said he heard Price yelling at Price on the plane.
“You know at the time when it did happen,you heard some loud talk,” he said. “but I can’t say that that’s . . . you know there’s banter that goes back-and-forth that’s relatively calm, and I would say this was a different situation. I can’t say that the banter is in this nature. After it did take place, I know Eck came up to the front of the plane to talk to Dave Dombrowski and myself. Obviously outlined what took place and that’s why we met with David the next day in Toronto."
Curt Schilling talks mostly politics on Twitter these days, but the Dennis Eckersley-David Price incident got him back to baseball.
And if Red Sox players think Eckersley is too critical, well, try this one on for size:
Eck is a HOFer, no one else in this matter is. How is him doing his job, exceptionally well IMO, an issue for ANYONE? Grow the F up and win— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) July 25, 2017
He didn't have only Price in his gunsights, either. When asked "what kind of team" would applaud the bashing of a Hall of Famer, he responded:
One devoid of a clubhouse presence to fix this bullshit. Do your job between 7-10pm every night and you have no complaints.— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) July 25, 2017
He even had kind words -- sort of -- for mortal enemy Dan Shaughnessy:
A broken watch is right twice a day as well.— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) July 25, 2017