Lucchino: The Red Sox Years

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Lucchino: The Red Sox Years

Tuesday was Truck Day at Fenway Park, but for a brief moment, Larry Lucchino stepped away from the hunky dory festivities to address a very serious issue

Francona: The Red Sox Years

"Ive got more compelling, true, non-fiction I want to read," Lucchino said, when asked for his take on the recently-released book from Francona and Dan Shaughnessy.

But as the Herald's Mike Silverman writes, even though Lucchino hasn't read the book, "he's heard enough, he says, to know that the authors he only cites Shaughnessy write misleadingly about how the team truly operates and is governed. And 'the notion that (Henry and Werner) are not passionate baseball fans and deeply committed to winning is just absurd and offensive.

SRO TAKE: OK, first of all, there's no way Lucchino hasn't read this book. At the very least, he's read all the parts that are about him, and I'd guess, everything about the owners in general. I don't say that because he's Larry Lucchino, but because he's a human being. Someone writes a highly-publicized book filled with "misleading" statements about the way you run your business, and you just ignore it? No one has that kind of will power. Not even the almighty Lucchino.

Second of all, Larry can deny and refute every single word of what Shaugnhessy wrote, but almost no one in Boston is going to give him the benefit of the doubt. It's not that Francona's incapable of stretching the truth, but compared to Lucchino, Tito's Abraham Lincoln. If only one of them is being honest, who do you believe?

Lastly, in this situation, there's only one way for Larry to really earn the trust and respect of Red Sox fans.

Read the book, or just admit that he's read the book. And then collaborate with me on a response Lucchino: The Red Sox Years.

We'll sit down for two months, and talk about everything that was reported in Shaughnessy's version. We'll talk about the truth. What really happened. Correct all the misleading aspects of what Francona and Theo Epstein had to say.

Of course, his words can't tell the whole story. I'll have to find a few other people not John Henry or Tom Werner to back up and complement his version. But seeing that his version is the truth, it shouldn't be that hard. And at the end of the day, won't it be an enormous weight off his shoulders? No more lying. No more spin. No more deceit. Just complete transparency and a real behind-the-scenes look at the negativity that's surrounded these Red Sox owners.

Finally, we'll know and understand the truth. And by next Truck Day, life in Red Sox Nation will be nothing but puppy dogs and ice cream.

And whatever lies are told in the meantime.
Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

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Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

BOSTON - Brian Johnson had quite a turnaround in his second time on Fenway Park's mound.

Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

The 26-year-old left-hander became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

"The last time I walked off the mound here was 2012 and I made two pitches," Johnson said. "Today I went nine innings. Today was pretty cool."

Johnson left Triple-A for a little over a month last season to get treatment for an anxiety issue.

"Obviously with some stuff that I've been gone through in my career, it's an awesome feeling" he said.

But despite the stellar outing, Johnson was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.

"That's the reality of the game," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We had a chance to congratulate him and yet option him back to Pawtucket, with David Price coming here Monday."

Brought up from the minors for the start, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. His only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

"Their guy threw the ball over the plate. He threw strikes," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "I won't take anything away from what he did, but we're not swinging the bat very well."

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

Johnson beats Mariners 6-0 for Red Sox' 6th straight win

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Johnson beats Mariners 6-0 for Red Sox' 6th straight win

BOSTON - Brian Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway Park, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Brought up from Triple-A Pawtucket, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. The 26-year-old left-hander's only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHPs Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez, both on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, threw bullpen sessions. Hernandez said he "felt really good."... LHP James Paxton (strained forearm) is set to come off the DL and pitch at home Wednesday.

Red Sox: Pedroia was back at second base after getting Friday off to rest his sore left knee and not play on a wet field. He was hit by a pitch on the right forearm his first time up and went 1 for 3. ... 3B Pablo Sandoval, on the DL with a sprained right knee, was expected to play nine innings Saturday night in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell didn't rule out that he could be activated next week.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Christian Bergman (1-2, 6.30 ERA) gave up 10 runs and 14 hits over four innings in a 10-1 loss Tuesday at Washington.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (3-4, 4.35) has gone at least six innings in eight of nine starts.