Morales made impression on Prado

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Morales made impression on Prado

BOSTON -- Franklin Morales made an impression on Martin Prado the first time the lefty pitched against the outfielder in Winter Ball more than five years ago in their native Venezuela.

I always knew since I faced him that he had potential to be a great pitcher in baseball, Prado said.

Over the next few years, Prado faced Morales when his team, the Atlanta Braves, played the Colorado Rockies, Morales club for more than four seasons.

Morales was traded from the Rockies to the Red Sox in May of 2011. After being a reliever for the majority of his career, he was moved to Bostons starting rotation this month.

On Saturday, Morales (1-1, 3.12 ERA) made his second start of the 2012 season. He threw six innings, striking out eight with seven hits, two earned runs, and one walkin the Red Sox 8-4 victory over the Braves. Prado drew a walk, grounded into a double play, and flied out against Morales.

Hes got electric stuff, Prado said before the game. His motion, he makes his presence on the mound known. When its on, you can see he has electric stuff. His fastball is fast. He has an electric curveball. I knew he had the stuff. Im just hoping he can be consistent and I know he can be a great pitcher.

When asked which other Major League pitcher reminds him of Morales, Prado paused.

Nobody comes to mind right now, but that means hes different, Prado said. He can be one of a kind.

Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

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Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

BOSTON - Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer off Jake Arrieta during a five-run first inning and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Friday night.

Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez also drove in a run each.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-1) got the win with six innings of two-run ball, surrendering solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. in the early innings before settling in. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Boston has won its last nine interleague games at Fenway Park.

Arrieta (3-1) logged his shortest start since Aug. 28, 2014, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

BOSTON - It's a tad ironic the Red Sox met with David Ortiz on Tuesday about his post-playing career, and then the offense went out and did nothing and Xander Bogaerts was publicly lamenting Ortiz's absence two days later.

John Henry, Tom Werner, Ortiz and his agent, Fern Cuza, met at Fenway Park on Tuesday to discuss the retired slugger’s future role with the organization, team president Sam Kennedy said. 

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Nothing's imminent, but there's one thing Ortiz is unlikely to do with the Sox in the near future: broadcasting. He could still do some of that in the postseason for say, FOX, but it appears an arrangement with NESN isn't in the cards for now, per Kennedy.

Ortiz's role with the Red Sox is still expected to be wide-ranging, something bigger than the standard alumnus agreement. He seems set on taking his time, enjoying his retired life, saying over the weekend he wants to be able to give the job the time it deserves. 

Kennedy in April was unsure if anything would get done this year. 

As for the team's play without Ortiz, and Bogaerts' comments?

"This is an incredibly talented ballclub," Werner said Friday at a luncheon benefitting the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later. "I’m really not terribly concerned. Like all fans, I’m a bit frustrated when we don’t give great pitching run support.

"We struggled the last couple of nights. It’s frustrating to think that Chris Sale, who I think is the best pitcher in the American League, doesn’t have much run support. But it’s April. I've been taught to not really look at the standings 'til July. Frustrated by the past two days, but look at the standings, and we’re only one win behind the Cubs. So you know, I mean I wish we were playing a little bit better,  but the team is going to bounce back."

Werner reiterated the Sox have room in their budget to add players ahead of the trade deadline.