Francona takes high road on Schilling comments


Francona takes high road on Schilling comments

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON -- Manager Terry Francona would not respond to former Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's assessment, made on WEEI Radio Tuesday, that he didnt think the Red Sox would make the playoffs. He also would not respond to David Ortizs comments Monday saying that Alfredo Aceves should be in the starting rotation.

Believe it or not, I havent read the paper, Francona said. No disrespect to you or the Internet, Ive got my hands full. There's so many of you media here, if somebody asks a question, Ill be here all day. Ive got no answer for Schill, for David. Id rather just do the game.

In a 1-on-1 interview with Jessica Moran on SportsNet Central, Francona expounded a bit on Schilling's statements.

"People get paid to give opinions," he said. "I understand that . . .

"I don't have a problem with what Schilling said. He didn't say we're bad people. He just gave an opinion. I'm okay with that.

"I hope he's wrong," Francona added.

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Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.


Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17. 

With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games. 

The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.