Lavarnway: Good hitter, even better house guest


Lavarnway: Good hitter, even better house guest

By JessicaCamerato Follow@JCameratoNBA

On Tuesday night rookiecatcher Ryan Lavarnway powered the Boston Red Sox to a crucial 8-7 winover the Baltimore Orioles with two homeruns and four RBIs.

But before he was driving an entire team tovictory, Lavarnway played a role in one of his teammates' success thisseason.

Lavarnwaydidnt know Josh Reddick very well when he was called up to thePawtucket Red Sox from the Portland Sea Dogs in June.

When he asked around the clubhouse about taking atrip back up to Portland to retrieve the rest of his belongingsfollowing a day game, Reddick said he was already planning on drivingup to Maine that night and agreed to give Lavarnway a ride.

That afternoon Lavarnway batted 2-for-4 with twodoubles and a run scored; Reddick hit 1-for-3 with a double as well.

As Lavarnway looked to get settled into his newsurroundings in Pawtucket, Reddick offered he could stay at his placeuntil he found a spot to live. Both players were pursuing the nextsteps in their careers -- Lavarnway was getting adjusted to Triple-Abaseball and Reddick was fighting to make it back to the Boston RedSox.

A few days later, Lavarnway and Reddick eachhit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs apiece in an 8-3 win overthe Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

Erring on the side ofsuperstition, Reddick extended his hospitality.

Weboth hit two homers in the same game, Lavarnway recalled. He waslike, Alright, you cant move out now.'

I thinkhe got called up here (to the Red Sox) a couple days later and washitting .300.

Lavarnway ended up living atReddicks place in Pawtucket (and taking care of his dog) whileReddick spent the rest of the season in Boston. A few months later,Lavarnway joined him on the Red Sox, where he played an integral rolein Tuesdays must-win game.

In this game wheretheres only 25 spots on the roster, even if you dont play the sameposition, as much as were teammates in the minor leagues, everyoneskind of competing with each other," said Lavarnway. The fact that wehadnt really met before and he was being so nice to me, you dontreally expect that.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter!JCameratoNBA.

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Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”