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Red Sox notes: Aceves looking to get some work


Red Sox notes: Aceves looking to get some work

SEATTLE -- Going into Saturday night's game here with the Mariners, closer Alfredo Aceves hadn't pitched since Tuesday and manager Bobby Valentine vowed to try to change that.

Aceves is the rare closer who actually wants to pitch in non-save situations, believing that it enables him to stay sharp. While other relievers carefully monitor their workload, Aceves thrives with more work.

"I'd like to get Alfredo in a game,'' said Valentine. "He loves to pitch, which is a good thing. I think the more he pitches, the better he is. He was definitely pitching (Friday night) until we had what we had (with starter Aaron Cook shutting out the Mariners with a very low pitch count).''

As much as Valentine would like Aceves to work more, he's fearful of giving him work for the sake of it, then finding he has save situations in the next three straight games.

"We had that situation once (earlier in the season),'' said Valentine. "He pitched just to pitch one game, then he ended up pitching five in a row, I think. But he wants to be sharp when he goes out there and so do I.''

Aceves is something of an oddity, since most pitchers who benefit from extra work are more sinker-slider types whose stuff gets better when they're somewhat tired.

By contrast, Aceves is more of a power arm who just happens to like pitching as much as possible.

"I don't think it's his stuff; it's his being,'' said Valentine. "He's a highly-conditioned athlete who loves his job, loves to throw. He's continuously tweaking and trying to make himself a little better and the only way for him to do it is to face hitters.''

According to a source, one of the things that saved Clayton Mortensen from being returned to Pawtucket to create a roster spot for Josh Beckett was the fact that Valentine wanted another weapon to face lefties earlier in the game.

With Rich Hill on the DL and Franklin Morales in the rotation, a bullpen that once featured three lefties now has just one -- Andrew Miller.

Mortensen has limited opposing lefties to just four hits in 25 at-bats this season (.160) with an OPS of just .400.

The Sox have announced their starting pitchers through the end of the current road trip, with Felix Doubront going Sunday in the series finale here, followed by Daisuke Matsuzaka (Monday), Jon Lester (Tuesday) and Franklin Morales (Wednesday) in Oakland.

Beyond that, however, the Sox haven't revealed their plans for the weekend series with the Yankees at Fenway.

There's an off-day Thursday. If the Sox stayed on schedule, they would go with Aaron Cook Friday, Beckett and Doubront in Saturday's doubleheader and Matsuzaka in the final game of the first half Sunday.

"We're discussing it but we don't really have to set it yet,'' said Valentine. "You have the day off, so you can be a little more flexible on that last (series). I'd like to get through Oakland, win some games between now and then and see where we are.''

Tanguay: I officially hate the Red Sox

Tanguay: I officially hate the Red Sox

I hope the Red Sox lose every game the rest of season, except when Chris Sale pitches, and have no shot at the post season.

I hate them, I hate them, I hate them. What a bunch of babies!

Are they a professional sports organization or a pre-school? Right now they seem to be the latter, which makes them the highest valued pre-school, at 2.7 billion, in the history of pre-K academia.

When I read my friend Rob Bradford’s report that a source told him Dustin Pedroia was not near David Price when the crybaby lefty went after Dennis Eckersley on the team plane, I said, “ENOUGH!”

I yelled with the same tone I scream at my kids when they are fighting over something stupid.

I believe Rob Bradford, always have an always will. I also believe what Fred Toucher had to say on CSN this morning when he was told Dusty Two Sacks (Fred’s term) was one of the Price-ettes when they verbally mugged Eck. 

This is what happens with my kids. One says the other did it, then the other says the other did it. Well, you get the idea. Then I simply declare, “You’re all guilty.” I don’t care who hit whom when or took whatever from whom just like I don’t care if Pedroia was cheering on the abuse of Eck or not. 


John Henry should be ashamed of the way his team has behaved. These grown men have all been acting like petulant children. I have seen plenty of immaturity over the years with the four local teams, but nothing like this.

One person, who is with the team on a regular basis, told me there is nothing to like about the players on this team. The inmates are running the asylum and playing the role of McMurphy is David Price. 

What a gutless, immature, little child. Is it any surprise that he wets his pants in the playoffs? Give him some Pampers for the post season, maybe that will help. 

Price claims to stand up for his teammates, which is bull. This guy is all about himself. His so-called sticking up for his mates has resulted in a media firestorm and finger-pointing in the clubhouse.

“Pedroia you were there.”

“No way, I wasn’t there.”

You know what Boston Red Sox? I wish you weren’t here at all.

Rangers' Darvish has Red Sox on no-trade list


Rangers' Darvish has Red Sox on no-trade list

Not that they need him -- they have other, far more pressing needs than starting pitching -- but the Red Sox couldn't get Yu Darvish, the subject of trade rumors with the deadline approaching, even if they wanted to.

Per Ken Rosenthal:

Interesting that last year's two World Series participants, the Cubs and Indians, are with the Red Sox on Darvish's no-trade list, which indicates he made these decisions based on factors other than chasing a ring.

The Sox' biggest worry, of course, is that the Rangers will trade Darvish to the Yankees, who are short of starting pitching. But the talk more and more is that Texas -- light years behind Houston in the A.L. West race but only 4 1/2 games back of Kansas City for the second wild-card spot -- will hold onto its ace right-hander at least until the end of the season.