Dombrowski: Hanley Ramirez 'one of our leaders'

Dombrowski: Hanley Ramirez 'one of our leaders'

One of the takeaways of Hanley Ramirez’ gathering with the press Thursday was just how affable the veteran slugger was. 

As John Zannis put it, Ramirez seemed to take on the old Big Papi persona that’s been missing since David Ortiz called it a career at the end of the 2016 season. Entering his third season back in Boston, Ramirez seemingly sees an opportunity to become a leader. 

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was asked about Ramirez emerging as a leader in a 1-on-1 conversation with Trenni Kusnierek afterwards. 

“I think so,” Dombrowski replied, “and for people that didn’t know Hanley, say in the past, they would look at him and they would say, ‘Well, look, there’s one of the leaders of the Red Sox organization.’ 

“And there’s been a transformation from him over the last couple of years. I can’t really speak why because, again, having been around him just a limited time period, but this past year, in 2016, he was outstanding with his work ethic, with his abilities, with his attitude day-in and day-out and he steps  up here now as one of our leaders. 

“And he’s earned that not only ability-wise, but being in a position the way he’s handled himself, the way he’s worked hard and the way that he’’s worked hard over the wintertime. He is one of the leaders of our ball club and a very instrumental part of our club.” 

Porcello loses 10th game as Red Sox fall to Twins, 4-1

Porcello loses 10th game as Red Sox fall to Twins, 4-1

BOSTON - Adalberto Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and the Minnesota Twins rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston to beat the Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Kepler also had an RBI single, and Miguel Sano added an RBI double to help the Twins improve to 24-11 on the road.

Mejia (3-3) allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one. On Friday night at Cleveland, the rookie left-hander held the Indians to two hits over five innings in a victory.

Brandon Kintzler got the final three outs for his 21st save.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (4-10) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. It was his 14th straight start going at least six innings, the AL's longest active streak.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was back in the dugout after serving a one-game suspension Tuesday for poking umpire Bill Miller in the chest during an argument Saturday.