Murphy making the most of his playoff experience

Murphy making the most of his playoff experience

By Sean McAdam

ARLINGTON, Texas -- While with the Red Sox, David Murphy never got a chance to experience the postseason.

He appeared in 20 games in 2006, the first time since 2002 that the Sox had failed to reach the playoffs. Then, next summer, months before the Red Sox won their second
World Series in the span of four years, Murphy was shipped to Texas as part of the ill-fated deal for Eric Gagne.

As recently as last month, Murphy had reason to wonder if he might miss this chance at the postseason, too, when he suffered a groin strain that put his availability in

But Murphy played a big role in the Rangers' 7-2 win over the Yankees in Game Two of the ALCS. He belted a solo homer into the upper deck in right in the second off starter Phil Hughes and added an RBI double in the third.

"On the home run,'' recounted Murphy, "I was just looking out over the plate, just trying to get a fastball up. I think he was trying to go away and he ended up going in a little bit. He missed his spot and that's a good spot for me, on a 2-and-0 count, to put a good swing on a pitch.

"On the double, I'm just trying to do anything in that situation to get Nelson Cruz in from third. I think he was trying to go curve ball away and he left it up and in and I
was able to drive him in.''

Murphy sat the first two games of the ALDS against Tampa Bay -- in part because of the groin strain and in part because of lefty David Price in Game One -- but returned in Game Three. Ever since, the injury has improved almost daily.

The experience of contributing to the Rangers' postseason success is a new one. Three years removed from his Red Sox experience, he can appreciate this opportunity.

"I don't think you can really compare this to Boston,'' said Muprhy. "I never really truly felt like I was going to be part of their plans. That's the way it works out. There's
no bitterness or anything. I probably didn't work out like they had planned, but that's the way baseball is -- not everything goes as planned.

"I'm happy I could come here and be a contributing piece in any way.''

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Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

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.”