Larry Lucchino called Wednesday's Boston Globe story on the off-field problems of the Red Sox "an interesting set of theories about the demise of the club in September", but didn't specifically refute any of the news that was reported . . . including the part, vehemently denied by Terry Francona, that Francona had personal problems, including the use of painkillers to deal with various medical issues, that affected his job performance.
"Most of the things that were reported we had heard publicly," said the Red Sox' president and CEO. "Well, some of which we had heard, not all of them. That was Globe reporter Bob Hohler's take on it. We're doing our own review and examination."
The news on Francona had never been reported prior to Wednesday.
Lucchino also declined to comment on the swirling rumors about general manager Theo Epstein heading to Chicago.
"I don't have anything new to add, I really don't," he said. "We said last week, and we said since the beginning of this, we don't comment on these kinds of offseason activities, requests for permission, front-office or managerial changes, unless there is something specific to talk about. And so we're going to respect the privacy of the individuals involved."
BOSTON (AP) Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.
Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.
Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.
If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.
The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.
As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.
Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard.
PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.
On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.
Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.