Red Sox trade for Seattle catcher Quiroz

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Red Sox trade for Seattle catcher Quiroz

SEATTLE -- At least Guillermo Quiroz didn't have far to go when he learned he'd been traded Tuesday.

The Red Sox obtained Quiroz from the Mariners for cash considerations. For Quiroz, the relocation meant merely walking down the concourse from the Mariners' home clubhouse to the visiting clubhouse occupied by the Sox, several hundred feet down the hall at Safeco Field.

"It was something I wasn't expecting, that's for sure," said Quiroz.

Quiroz gives the Red Sox a third catcher at the major league level, joining Ryan Lavarnway and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Sox didn't have another catcher on their 40-man roster, with Dan Butler catching at Pawtucket.

This gives Bobby Valentine some flexibility, especially since the manager has been using both Lavarnway and Saltalamacchia in the same starting lineup -- one behind the plate and the other often at DH.

Under the old set-up, if Valentine had to move the catcher who was serving as DH behind the plate, the Sox would lose use of the DH the rest of the game, to say nothing of not having a backup on the bench.

Quiroz has been with Toronto, Seattle, Texas and Baltimore and has played in 101 games at the major league level, though not at all since 2010.

"I've been around for a little bit," said Quiroz, who is 30. "I've gotten a little bit of service time so I guess they're counting on (having some experience)."

The challenge for Quiroz will be learning the pitching staff in a hurry.

"I'll have to do my best to get to know them," Quiroz said. "Tendencies, pitches they use to get people out . . . The best way to do it just catching them in the bullpen and try to talk to them. That's how you create your relationships."

The Red Sox haven't announced the rotation past Wednesday, the final game of the road trip. The Sox have off-days in the schedule Thursday and again Monday, giving them a chance to re-shuffle the rotation as they choose.

"We're looking at it," said Valentine. "We'll look at what happens the next time through."

Valentine worked out utility man Ivan DeJesus in the outfield Tuesday afternoon in the event he's needed to cover the position. DeJesus told Valentine he's comfortable playing either left field or right field.

Franklin Morales played catch Tuesday. He remains on the DL for another week with shoulder weakness. The Sox expect he'll return to the rotation when his 15-day stint is up this weekend.

Price turns in encouraging effort in first 2017 start

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Price turns in encouraging effort in first 2017 start

CHICAGO — It’s a start, literally and figuratively.

David Price showed some great velocity in his 2017 Red Sox debut Monday afternoon, hitting 97 mph -- heat he didn’t have last year. At times, the pitcher the Sox badly need to return to form flashed high-level effectiveness as well.

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What everyone expected would be off in Price's first start back, his command, was indeed shaky, considering he allowed more runs (three) than hits (two). But he wasn’t expected to be in tip-top form, and he did a decent job overall.

Price's five-inning, three-run performance against the White Sox came almost exactly three months after he first felt elbow soreness during spring training. The lefty exited with the Red Sox ahead 4-3, though he lost the chance at his first 2017 victory when Chicago scored in the seventh.

All three runs off Price scored on a Melky Cabrera homer in the third inning, which put the White Sox ahead 3-1 at the time. Price walked only two batters on the day, but they happened to be the two hitters in front of Cabrera.

The walk started with the No. 9 hitter, Adam Engel. Tim Anderson, who had drawn just four walks in 181 plate appearances entering the day, got a free pass as well.

But besides the Cabrera homer on a first-pitch fastball that was middle-in, the only other hit Price allowed was a shallow bloop single to center field.

Price finished with four strikeouts, including the first batter he faced on the day, Anderson.

His command issues were nonetheless clear. Price hit two batters to begin his final frame, setting up a fine play for Deven Marrero to record a force out at second before Xander Bogaerts started a inning-ending double play with a fantastic dive, bailing Price out of the first-and-third jam with one out.

With 88 pitches and 58 strikes, Price was more efficient than he was in two rehab outings at Triple-A Pawtucket, and he didn’t get rocked. But he also wasn’t as efficient as the Red Sox will need him to be.

Price was pitching in a calm, pleasant environment (clear skies, temperatures in the 70s, low humidity) that might actually have been more comfortable than the colder clime Price faced in Pawtucket -- where both the fans and temperatures were chilly.

The Red Sox were aggressive bringing Price back so quickly, and set themselves up for a second guess if something went wrong. But Price preserved the second of two leads his offense gave him and didn’t let the game get out of hand. After the Cabrera homer put the White Sox up two, the Red Sox answered immediately in the top of the fourth to tie at 3-3.

The argument that Price did better than anyone else would have in his place is a fair one, considering John Farrell and Co. slated Price to pitch Monday before they watched Brian Johnson’s complete-game shutout.

The bigger question was always about what was best for Price’s future, and Monday looks like something he can build on. He may have benefited from the adrenaline of being back in the majors.

Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

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Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

CHICAGO -- Injury scares are finding Dustin Pedroia in all the wrong places.

The Red Sox second baseman was pulled in the second inning Monday afternoon against the White Sox because of a left wrist sprain, an injury he seemed to suffer on a collision running to first base in the top of the first inning.

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He and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu converged on the bag at the same time on a grounder to Abreu, and Pedroia tumbled over Abreu

Pedroia had season-ending surgery on the wrist in September 2014, addressing a tendon issue. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee this year, and missed time after Manny Machado's slide caught him in that leg in April.

Pedroia during the last homestand was pulled as a precaution because of concern for that leg.

Josh Rutledge took over for Pedroia at second base.