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Dustin Pedroia says David Price, Dennis Eckersley will talk in person

Dustin Pedroia says David Price, Dennis Eckersley will talk in person

BOSTON — Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Friday revealed that owners John Henry and Tom Werner have apologized to Dennis Eckerlsey for the David Price-led confrontation aboard a team flight. 

That makes four top brass who have offered an apology to Eckersley on behalf of Price: Henry, Werner, club president Sam Kennedy and Dombrowski himself.

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“The highest ranking officials in the Boston Red Sox organization, we've all reached out to him,” Dombrowski said. “So, that's up to individuals and what they decide they want to do on that.”

Price and Dustin Pedroia have spoken one-on-one about the matter, and Pedroia told the media Friday afternoon he expects Price will speak with Eckersley in person. 

Whether that means an apology is forthcoming is not clear. No one in uniform is known to have apologized to Eckersley.

“They’re going to have a conversation,” Pedroia said. “We’re grown men here. I’m not disciplining my six-year-old son –– you know what I mean? These are people who really care about what they do. That’s it, man. They’ll have a conversation when they see each other. David’s a man. He’s going to do it face-to-face. He’s not going told it over the phone or text message. When he sees him, they’re going to have a conversation.”

The Red Sox were firm that that the Eckersley incident had nothing to do with Price’s trip to the disabled list. Sox manager John Farrell said if Price were healthy, he would have pitched.

"You can't put a guy on the disabled list unless you get medical clearance from the commissioner's office,” Dombrowski said. “So let's just pretend somebody wanted to put a guy on the disabled list for a reason. The commissioner's office checks, gets the doctor's report. You have to send a doctor's certification and all that."

While the timing was bizarre, the Red Sox need Price too much right now to help him duck a start because of the possibility he’s booed or faces some tough questions.

Dombrowski seemed to feel he had done all he could in the way of apologies, even if no one in uniform is known to have offered one.

“I've addressed the issue at great length and I know when people talk about Eck, I've had lengthy conversations on this topic in the clubhouse with individuals,” Dombrowski said. “I’ll just leave it at that. I feel like it's been properly addressed. I've had lengthy conversations. So when somebody says nobody – and I'm not saying you, just I heard that when somebody said 'nobody in the organization has apologized to Dennis Eckersley,' that's not accurate.”

BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: What are biggest concerns about Red Sox?

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BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: What are biggest concerns about Red Sox?

1:00 - Shaughnesy, Drellich and Merloni give their leading off impressions regarding the Red Sox

4:00 - Dan Shaughnessy explains why he is still skeptical about the Red Sox team, and why he will not be able to feel confident until he sees them play in the postseason

9:00 - Does our Baseball Show crew have a problem with the Red Sox letting Chris Sale pitch the 8th inning so he could get his 300th strikeout?

15:00 - Jared Carrabis joins the Baseball Show crew to discuss what matches he likes for the Red Sox in the playoffs. 

17:00 - Jared Carrabis on how would the Red Sox match up against the Yankees in the playoffs

20:00 - How does Jared Carrabis think about the use of David Price as a relief pitcher?

Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce A.L. East magic number to three

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Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce A.L. East magic number to three

CINCINNATI -- Mookie Betts wasn't about to stop. Neither are the Red Sox, who are heading home with a chance to win another division title.

Betts doubled with the bases loaded to tie it in the eighth inning and dashed home from second base on an infield single, rallying the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory Sunday that moved them closer to an AL East championship.

By winning 14 of its last 17 games, Boston has left virtually no opening for the second-place New York Yankees to catch up. The Red Sox, already assured a playoff spot, completed an 8-1 road trip that put them in excellent position to win a second consecutive division crown, something they've never done.

Coupled with New York's 9-5 loss in Toronto, the Red Sox reduced their magic number to three. They lead the Yankees by five games with seven to play.

That means Fenway Park can start preparing for a potential celebration. Boston finishes the regular season at home with three games against Toronto and four vs. Houston.

"We're learning a lot about ourselves," said Doug Fister, who pitched into the sixth. "We can put ourselves in a corner early and fight back. If we need a touchdown, the boys can put up a touchdown."

Boston inched closer with more late-game flair. The Red Sox lead the majors with 11 wins when trailing after the seventh inning.

They loaded the bases against Raisel Iglesias (3-3), who had blown only one save chance all season. Betts had fouled a ball off his foot on Friday night and missed one game. His double tied it 5-all, and he sprinted home on the still-sore foot - diving headfirst into the plate - on Rafael Devers' infield single.

"I felt he had a chance to beat it, and with me running it was going to be a tough play at the plate," Betts said.

Robby Scott (2-1) got the win, and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 35th save in 39 chances. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 11 appearances.

Billy Hamilton helped the Reds go up 4-1. He tripled home a run and brought the crowd to its feet by scoring after getting caught in a rundown between first and second. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia made a wild throw, and Hamilton kept going when nobody covered home.

"In my whole career, that's one of the best ones, especially since I was in a rundown and just trying to get to second base and then I end up scoring," Hamilton said.

GOT THEIR BACKS

Red Sox and Reds players stood for the national anthem. Boston manager John Farrell said if any of his players decide to follow the example of other athletes and make a statement during the anthem, he'll support them. "We strive to create an environment that's inclusive," Farrell said. "We would have their back as an organization if that's the expression they chose. It's their constitutional right."

INTERLEAGUE

The Red Sox are 12-1 against the Reds all-time in the regular season and have won nine straight, their longest winning streak against any NL team since interleague play started in 1997. The Reds beat the Red Sox in seven games for the 1975 World Series championship. Overall, Boston is 16-4 in interleague play this season. The Reds are 5-15.

90 LOSSES AGAIN

The Reds reached the 90-loss mark for the third straight year. They lost 98 games in 2015 and 94 last year. It's the first time they've had three straight 90-loss seasons since 1930-34.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Eduardo Nunez ran the bases before the game, his next step in recovering from a sprained knee.

Reds: Hamilton was back in the lineup after getting a day off. He's played twice since returning from a broken left thumb.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (16-5) faces Blue Jays LHP Brett Anderson (1-2) on Monday night. Pomeranz is 7-1 with a 2.62 ERA in 13 starts since the All-Star break.

Reds: After a day off, they finish with three games in Milwaukee and three at the Chicago Cubs. Deck McGuire (0-0) makes his first major league start Tuesday night against Zach Davies (17-9).

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