Red Sox notes: Francona wins 1000th


Red Sox notes: Francona wins 1000th

By Jessica Camerato Follow @JCameratoNBA
BOSTON -- When Terry Francona sat down at the podium for his postgame press conference, there was little doubt as to what the topic of the first question would be.

After all, earning your 1,000th career win as a Major League manager is no small feat.

I guess Im more comfortable talking about our players and our team and the organization, he said. But Im just glad to win anyways, but yeah it felt good.

The Red Sox, on the other hand, had a lot more to say on the subject.

Their 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners was Franconas 715th with the club. He previously earned 285 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

David Ortiz, who along with Adrian Gonzalez partook in a postgame celebration, was glad Francona reached the mark with the Red Sox.

When you win 1,000 games, that means youve been on top of your game, Ortiz said. Its great, it has been awesome through the years here and watching him get to that point with the Red Sox is just something very special.

He continued, Hes just a guy that he doesnt have that many rules. He just tells you to be prepared to play the game and be on time. Thats about it.

Jacoby Ellsbury praised Franconas control over the clubhouse and his communication with the players. He was also glad that the team was able to pull through with a three-run seventh inning to take the victory.

We come out every game trying to win, regardless of whats on the line, he said. But obviously its a special win for him and we want to come out and we always put our best foot forward.

Francona became the eighth active managers to record 1,000 career wins - Tony LaRussa, Jim Leyland, Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, Davey Johnson, Mike Scioscia, and Jack McKeon. He is now the 57th manager in Major League history to reach the mark.

Daniel Bard extended his scoreless streak to 24.0 innings after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the eighth inning. He got Mike Carp to fly out to left field, struck out Jack Cust, and Kevin Youkilis threw out Franklin Gutierrez at first.

Its pretty special, said Francona. He got himself into that bind and got himself right out of it. Not too many guys can do that. That was impressive.

Bards streak now dates back to May 27. He gives credits to his teammates playing behind him.

Im definitely proud of it, but theres a lot of luck involved, he said. There have been some great defensive plays behind me throughout it. I owe it to those guys, too, playing behind me. Im just out there trying to do the same thing every day.

With the consistency comes focus. Even after getting out one batter, he looks ahead to getting the next one.

Its just keeping focus on the next pitch, he said. Youve really got to block out what just happened, whether it was good or bad. I get that strikeout and obviously Im pretty excited about it, but at the same time, Im not out of it yet. Ill maybe give a fist pump or something but then you get back and you know youve got one more guy to get out. So youve just got to stay focused on the pitch at hand.

Surrounded by thousands of fans, he gets into the zone and blocks it all out.

I didnt hear it. I didnt hear a thing, he said of the crowd. When you get locked in like that, the adrenaline kicks up. As long as you dont let the game speed up on you, just focus pitch to pitch.

The Red Sox improved to 53-2 when leading after seven innings this season. They scored all three of their runs in the seventh after trailing 1-0 through six. The Red Sox are still undefeated (54-0) when leading after eight.

Some stats from tonights final 3-1 score: The Red Sox improved to 16-11 when scoring three or four runs They are now 12-7 in two-run games The Sox inched closer to the .500 mark (17-18) when they do not hit a homerun in a game.

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Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."