Rivers on Francona: 'Like losing a brother'

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Rivers on Francona: 'Like losing a brother'

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
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BOSTON You can add Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers to the list of folks who will miss Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

Following the Red Sox' epic collapse they failed to make the postseason after having a nine-game lead on Tampa Bay for the wild card berth Francona and the Sox decided to part ways on Friday in what both said was an amicable divorce.

"It's sad for me," Rivers said. "For me, it's like losing a brother."

Rivers said the coaching fraternity in Boston is a relatively close-knit bunch.

"All the coaches around here, we have a pretty good relationship," Rivers said. "We talk and we share. To lose that, is really sad."

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Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

The guys on The Baseball Show discuss Pablo Sandoval lighting it up in spring training and if he could continue that in the regular season.

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.