Everyday Adrian

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Everyday Adrian

Every once in while when there's nothing else going on, and I'd rather dip my groin in a wood chipper than talk about Clay Buchholz hanging out at Foxwoods I'll hop on the Red Sox page Baseball-Reference, and see if anything jumps out.

Today was one of those "onces in a while," and here's the result:

Can you name the only Sox player to appear in every game this season?

Assuming you read the title of this post, you know the answer:

It's Adrian Gonzalez. And here are a few more facts about Adrian

He missed three games all of last season. He missed only two games in 2010, only two games in 2009, zero games in 2008 and only one in 2007.

In other words, over the last five and a half seasons, Adrian Gonzalez has played in 877 of a possible 885 games. Pretty, pretty, prettttttyyyyy remarkable. Don't you think?

For all the criticism (and a lot of it is very fair) that Gonzalez gets around here, the one thing we have to give him credit for is the ability to stay healthy. Now of course, "the ability to stay healthy" is a tricky concept. No doubt there's some luck involved when you go that long without missing a significant stretch of games. But there also has to be a sizable chunk of toughness. There's no way it's easy. So, there's that. The guy plays every day. We've got to hand it to him.

Sure, it would be a lot easier to shower him with praise if he did a little more with all that playing time. But that's improving, too. Gonzalez hit .429 (9-21) over the last five games of the home stand, with four runs scored and seven batted in. His average is "up" to .269, he ranks second on the Sox with 43 RBI and his 24 doubles rank first in the American League.

It's coming together. Slowly but surely.

At the very least, we know he'll be out there.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

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Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

CHICAGO -- Everything was going smoothly until the No. 9 hitter.

Protecting a 1-0 lead in the third inning Monday in his first start of 2017, David Price walked two straight batters with none on and one out in the third inning. Ninth-place hitter Adam Engel walked, as did leadoff man Tim Anderson -- who had drawn just four walks in 181 plate appearances entering the game.

Price, whose command was in question coming off just two rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, immediately paid for the consecutive free passes.

Melky Cabrera jumped on Price's first pitch, a middle-in fastball, for a three-run homer and a 3-1 lead.

The Sox got Price two runs back in the top of the fourth inning, giving him something of a fresh slate with a tie game at 3-3. He took advantage of the second chance, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning and keeping the game tied, and was rewarded when Mookie Betts homered to lead off the fifth and put the Red Sox back on top, 4-3.

Back from an elbow injury, Price was impressive out of the gate in his first major league game since last year's playoffs. He struck out Anderson to begin his season and needed just 14 pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning.

The lefty touched 96 mph on the final pitch of the first inning, which produced an easy groundout to shortstop from first baseman Jose Abreu.

Price was staked to a 1-0 lead before he threw a pitch.

Betts' leadoff double against Chicago's David Holmberg gave way to a run thanks to some great Betts base running. He took third base on Dustin Pedroia's ground out and then scored on a foul pop up that Abreu, the first baseman, snagged in foul territory with a basket catch — a rare sacrifice fly to the first baseman.

Home runs were a big problem for Price last year. So too was the third inning, when he had a 6.03 ERA.

Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

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Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

CHICAGO -- Injury scares are finding Dustin Pedroia in all the wrong places.

The Red Sox second baseman was pulled in the second inning Monday afternoon against the White Sox because of a left wrist sprain, an injury he seemed to suffer on a collision running to first base in the top of the first inning.

He and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu converged on the bag at the same time on a grounder to Abreu, and Pedroia tumbled over Abreu

Pedroia had season-ending surgery on the wrist in September 2014, addressing a tendon issue. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee this year, and missed time after Manny Machado's slide caught him in that leg in April.

Pedroia during the last homestand was pulled as a precaution because of concern for that leg.

Josh Rutledge took over for Pedroia at second base.