Henry makes surprise appearance on 'Felger and Mazz'

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Henry makes surprise appearance on 'Felger and Mazz'

Prompted by what he said were misleading statements from Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Felger and Mazz' show, Red Sox owner John Henry made a surprise visit to the studio and engaged in a sometimes testy exchange with the two hosts.

"We've been smeared. You guys have been smearing us," said Henry of accusations that the Red Sox deliberately badmouthed Terry Francona and leaked information to the Boston Globe's Bob Hohler for the story on the clubhouse problems that ran earlier this week. "The author of the story has gone on the record as saying we did not participate in it. So I don't know what else there is to say about it."

He said as he was listening to the show while driving through the city, "All I could think to myself was, 'Journalists don't knowingly mislead the public'." And he said that's what led him to go to the studio and ask to go on the air.

"Maybe you're entertainers sometimes, journalists sometimes, and maybe you're more entertainers today than journalists," Henry told the two, who added: "It's important for the public not to be misled."

Henry was frequently challenged -- and interrupted -- by Felger and Massarotti, prompting him at one point to comment: "You guys don't need me here. All I do is give you facts, but you're much more entertaining than I am."

Among the highlights of their conversation . . .

He said he was opposed to the Carl Crawford signing. "Anyone involved in the process, anyone in upper management with the Red Sox, will tell you that I personally opposed that," said Henry. "We had plenty of left-handed hitting. I dont have to go into why. Ill just tell you that at the time I opposed the deal, but I dont meddle to the point of making decisions for our baseball team."

He also denied that the Crawford signing and the trade for Adrian Gonzalez were P.R. moves in response to declining television and radio ratings after the 2010 season.

Henry said the notion that the Red Sox weren't trying to win during their September collapse was ludicrous. "Did you watch any of those games?" he said. "I didn't see any of our players doing anything other than busting their ass to win games."

"The chaos" surrounding the team at the moment "is much more external than internal," said Henry. "You said, 'The Red Sox are in ashes.' That's not how we feel about it . . . There's not a sense of desperation, except when we turn on the radio. We're going to be successful next year."

He said the situation on the Sox was not nearly as bad as was depicted in the Globe story. He said the players, in fact, did their conditioning work. "Unless our training people are lying to me directly, the answer is yes, they did their work," said Henry.

He also wouldn't comment on Theo Epstein's situation, but said he didn't want to see Epstein leave the organization.

"I really can't go into it," he said. "There's a prohibition against announcements being made during the postseason in baseball . . . As far as I know, he's still involved with the Red Sox operation.

"I'd love to have Theo back. I'd have loved to haveTheo as our general manager for the next 20 years. But you can't alwaysget what you want . . . The fact is, being general manager in Boston isa terrifically tough job.

He said the Sox are working on a multiyear contract extension with president and CEO Larry Lucchino.

He expressed incredulity when Felger said he didn't believe Dustin Pedroia was telling the truth when he said he didn't know players were drinking beer and playing video games in the clubhouse during games.

"You think Dustin Pedroia's lying, too? Boy, you don't know Dustin very well," said Henry. "So you think he's a liar, I'm a liar, Lucchino's a liar . . . "

He promised the team would rebound in 2012.

"It broke my heart to see this club fall apart at the end," he said. "We were devastated to lose that last game, and night after night after night to find ways to lose . . . You put everything you can into trying to win a World Series. To have it fall apart at the end is upsetting. And painful . . .

"But if the fans hang in there, then I'm going to hang in there . . . We're going to have a great team next year."

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 -- Twins rookie lefty Adalberto Mejia is feeling more comfortable each time he takes the mound.

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

"He did a nice job," Twins manager Paul Molitor said about Mejia. "He had to kind of battle. It's kind of becoming a little bit of his MO to burn through pitches, but similarly to his last start, he kept walking off the field with zeros."

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 in his 11th career start. On Friday night at Cleveland, he held the Indians to two hits over five innings in a victory.

"I feel calmer every time I'm out there," he said through a translator. "I think that's why I did better."

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.

"It's not like they're beating the cover off the ball," Porcello said. "It's just a couple things here and there that I've got to clean up. I'm not making excuses for myself. I definitely hold myself accountable for the loss tonight."

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.

The Red Sox stranded 11 baserunners, and at least one in every inning. Farrell thought his team may have been pressing a bit.

"I thought there were times we might have expanded the strike zone a little bit, trying to make something happen," he said.

With Minnesota leading 2-0 in the sixth, Kepler lined his homer off the back of Boston's bullpen.

In the first, the Twins scored a pair of two-out runs when Sano hit his RBI double down the third-base line and scored on Kepler's broken-bat single.

Xander Bogaerts drove in Boston's run with a bases-loaded grounder in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: LHP Glen Perkins resumed throwing Tuesday after a setback last week following offseason shoulder surgery. Molitor said the club is still formulating a plan for him. He's been sidelined all season and pitched in just two games last year.

Red Sox: DH Hanley Ramirez missed his third straight game after getting hit by a pitch on the left knee Sunday. "He'll go through a full workday today," Farrell said. "He's feeling improved."

MATCHES OWN RECORD

Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia played his 98th consecutive error-less game, matching the best mark in club history he set for a second baseman from 2009-10.

LOOKS FAMILIAR

This season has started like 2015 for Porcello, the AL's reigning Cy Young Award winner.

Two years ago when he struggled badly, the righty lost nine of his initial 13 decisions and finished 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA.

ROSTER MOVE

Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes was activated from the 10-day disabled list and LHP Craig Breslow was put on with rib cage soreness.

Hughes had been on the DL since complaining of a "dead feeling" in his pitching shoulder on May 21. He allowed one run in three innings during three rehabilitation appearances in Triple-A.

Molitor plans to use him out of the bullpen.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (4-5, 6.23 ERA) looks to continue his success in Fenway Park in the series finale Thursday. He's allowed only one run over 15 innings in two career starts.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (2-2, 4.76) has won his last five decisions against Minnesota, posting a 1.84 ERA.