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Dombrowski: 'Thrilled' to have 'anywhere near' Patriots' success

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Dombrowski: 'Thrilled' to have 'anywhere near' Patriots' success

You can debate whether it's the Red Sox or Patriots who own this town (right, Felger?), but take it from the Red Sox president of baseball operations, everyone is chasing the Patriots.

“If you’re going to describe a successful sports franchise now and talk about success, I think you’d start with the New England Patriots in any sport,” Dave Dombrowski told the Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato in a lengthy story published Sunday that touches on a number of Red Sox topics.  “That’s what you would ultimately love to do. It’s not that easy to do in any sport. If we could do that, anywhere near that, you’d be thrilled.”

While three world championships since 2004 are nothing to sneeze at, three isn't five, and it's the sustained success of the Patriots that is the goal other franchise strive for (see the Sox' last-place stumbles in 2012, '14 and '15, for example). 

Dombrowski said he thinks the competition for titles among Boston's teams is a great thing.

“I don’t find that difficult,” he said. “In fact, I think it’s good for the city. Ultimately that’s what you want to do anyway to win world championships. That’s what your goal is, whether they’re here or not here. I think it’s great for the city. It’s not like their success takes away from the Red Sox. We sell out all the time and have a lot of interest. It’s apparent there’s room for successful franchises. The Bruins are in the playoffs, the Celtics same way. It’s a passionate city with sports. It’s great to have that.”

Drew Pomeranz may get extra rest with velocity still down

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Drew Pomeranz may get extra rest with velocity still down

BOSTON — There doesn’t seem to be concern in Red Sox camp that Drew Pomeranz’s velocity is down because he’s hurting. 

Manager John Farrell and Pomeranz appear to be approaching the situation like a fact of life: this is the stuff Pomeranz has at this point in the year. He has 167 2/3 innings under his belt, putting him just three away from matching his career-high a year ago. That takes a toll, but diminished stuff is alarming considering how important Pomeranz is to the Sox’ playoff hopes.

The Sox’ projected Game 2 starter in the American League Division Series was pulled Monday night after just two innings in a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays, allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk. He struck out none.

Pomeranz’s fastball was around 89-91 mph, after he averaged 92.74 mph on it in August, per BrooksBaseball.net. Pomeranz's regular heat wasn't quite there in his previous outing in Baltimore, either, sitting at 89.29. But the dip goes beyond the last two times, to the last four. On Sept. 8, he sat at 90.11 mph, and on Sept. 14 was 91.19 mph.

Farrell left open the possibility that Pomeranz could get extra rest. The lefty's next and last scheduled regular season start is Saturday against the Astros.

“If the opportunity presents itself, I certainly wouldn’t rule that out,” Farrell said of rest. “We recognize the innings total, how he’s climbed over the last couple years in particular. But we notice the velocity has dropped somewhat, so it’s got to come down to being able to locate more consistently which he did in Baltimore. He was pinpoint control that night. Tonight, not so much.”

On Monday, Pomeranz noted what he did after the Baltimore start: that when he needs to hump up for the extra heat, he’s got it.

“I don’t know, I’ve been fine,” Pomeranz said when asked if extra rest may benefit him. “My velocity dipped a few times in the last few outings, but then I get right back up when I need it. So I really didn’t have a chance to get settled in and work some of those higher velocities in there.”

The Sox trailed 5-2 when Pomeranz left.

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Donaldson, Blue Jays stop Red Sox winning streak at six

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Donaldson, Blue Jays stop Red Sox winning streak at six

BOSTON - Josh Donaldson homered and drove in three runs, powering the Toronto Blue Jays past the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Monday night.

Boston's six-game winning streak was snapped and its magic number to clinch a second straight division title remained at three. The Red Sox lead the second-place New York Yankees, who beat Kansas City earlier in the day, by four games with six remaining.

Eduardo Nunez and Mookie Betts both left with injuries for Boston. Nunez aggravated a right knee injury that sidelined him for 13 games, and Betts came out with pain in his left wrist.

Ryan Goins hit a solo homer and Teoscar Hernandez had a two-run double for the Blue Jays. Brett Anderson (2-2) allowed three runs in five innings.

Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz (16-6) had his shortest start of the season, giving up five runs and seven hits in two innings.