Pedroia records 1,000th career hit in loss to Mariners

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Pedroia records 1,000th career hit in loss to Mariners

SEATTLE -- The losses keep piling up, but Dustin Pedroia is one of the few players who can escape the blame.

Pedroia had two of the six hits produced by the Red Sox in their 4-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners, Boston's seventh in as many tries on the current road trip.

The second baseman has a 14-game hitting streak. During that stretch, Pedroia is hitting .386 (22-for-57) with 10 runs scored, seven doubles, two homers and eight RBI.

Dating back to Aug. 5, nearly a month ago, Pedroia sports a major-league best .381 average with 14 doubles, 21 runs scored and 16 RBI. He's lifted his average for the season to .290.

His first hit -- a double in the first that led to the first (and only) Red Sox run of the afternoon -- was the 1,000th of his career, becoming the 31st player in franchise history to reach that
milestone.

It took him 833 games to get there, a pace bettered by only five players: Nomar Garciaparra (746 games); Wade Boggs (747); Johnny Pesky (774); Ted Williams (814); and Jim Rice (827).

Rosenthal: 'Some' Sox players question Farrell's leadership, game management

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Rosenthal: 'Some' Sox players question Farrell's leadership, game management

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal ignited a local firestorm when he made a seemingly off-hand comment a few days ago that he "wouldn't be surprised" if the Red Sox fired John Farrell this year. (He quickly added he also "wouldn't be surprised" if Farrell stayed on and led the team to the A.L. East title this year, but that got scant mention.)

Today, however, Rosenthal expounded on Farrell and the Sox in a lengthy column on foxsports.com. While acknowledging the team's injuries and beyond-the-manager's-control inconsistencies (in the starting rotation and with the offense), he also ominously added, "The excuses for the Sox, though, go only so far — all teams deal with injuries, and not all of them boast $200 million payrolls. Other issues also have emerged under Farrell . . . "

Farrell, even when he won the 2013 World Series as a rookie manager, was not popular in all corners of the clubhouse. Some players, but not all, believe that he does not stand up for them strongly enough to the media when the team is struggling, sources say. Some also question Farrell’s game management, talk that exists in virtually every clubhouse, some more than others.

And then he mentioned two leadership problems:

The first occurred during the Red Sox’s prolonged dispute with the Orioles’ Manny Machado. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, after Matt Barnes threw at Machado’s head, shouted across the field to Machado, 'it wasn’t me,' then told reporters that it was 'definitely a mishandled situation,' without mentioning Barnes or Farrell by name . . . 

The second incident occurred last Saturday, when Farrell engaged in a heated exchange with left-hander Drew Pomeranz in the dugout . . . [Pomeranz's] willingness to publicly challenge Farrell, in an exchange captured by television cameras, offered another indication that the manager and some of his players are not always on the same page.

Hmm.

Rosenthal's piece comes at a time when some of Farrell's harshest local critics are more or less giving him a pass, instead blaming Dave Dombrowski's flawed roster construction for the Sox' early season struggles , , , 

But there has been speculation hereabouts on whether or not Farrell has control of the clubhouse . . . 

Now that Rosenthal has weighed in, that sort of talk should increase.

In the end, Rosenthal makes no prediction on Farrell's future other than to conclude "If Dombrowski senses a change is necessary, he’ll make a change." 

But one prediction that can be made: The should-Farrell-be-fired? debate, which raged at unrealistic levels last year when the Red Sox won the division, isn't going to end anytime soon.