Sveum finalist for Sox, Cubs managerial position


Sveum finalist for Sox, Cubs managerial position

MILWAUKEE -- Dale Sveum has every reason to believe that he's a finalist for both the Red Sox and Cubs' managerial openings. Now, all he can do is wait.

"To have the opportunity and honor to be interviewed by one team is great," said Sveum hours after he finished his second interview with the Red Sox here. "To have the opportunity and honor to be interviewed by two, and two of the greatest franchises in the game. is unbelievable.

"Nothing has been discussed beyond the interview process. It's kind of a stalemate now. The process is finished; it's just the decision-making process now. We'll wait and see."

Asked if he already considered that he might have to choose between the two clubs, Sveum said: "Yeah, I think you have to. It's a reality. But I'm kind of putting that off for now until I have to. I've got enough on my mind.''

Sveum met briefly with Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein Tuesday night while here, before having lunch with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino Wednesday afternoon.

"It went well," said Sveum of the Boston meetings. "We went through more of the interview process. It was nothing that wasn't discussed last week (when Sveum came to Boston for his first interview). It was more of a greeting and a talk than an interview. We just sat down and had lunch and talked baseball. It was nothing formal."

The Red Sox have said they intend to bring back another candidate for a second interview, but haven't made any announcements. Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, contacted late Wednesday afternoon, said he had yet to hear back from the Sox.

Sveum said he hasn't been told about a timetable from either the Red Sox and Cubs, beyond the fact that the Sox have said they would prefer to have a manager in place before Thanksgiving.

Werner told reporters: "We're going to continue the discussions Hopefully, we'll come to some conclusion in the near future."

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP


Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

BOSTON — Red Sox left-hander David Price is set to make his season debut in a holiday matinee Monday on the road in Chicago against the White Sox. 

Price, 31, starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, has been recovering from a strained pitching elbow since spring training.

“Excited, just to be back here,” he said Thursday. “There’s not a better feeling. You can’t replicate it anywhere else.”

Price allowed nine runs — six earned — and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a pair of less-than-impressive injury rehabilitation starts at Triple-A Pawtucket. He struck out eight and walked two.

“A lot of pitches, in a short amount of time. I think that is more of a test to being healthy as opposed to going out there and throwing five or six [innings] in 90 pitches,” he said. “To do what I did in both of my rehab outings, I don’t think you can do that if you’re not healthy.”

The Red Sox (24-21) have won four in a row heading into their weekend series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

“He’s eager to get back to us and physically he feels great,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “His return to us will give us a definite boost but that’s not to de-emphasize he needs to go out and perform.”

Farrell hopes Price’s return has a trickle-down impact.

“It’s not based solely on the name on the back of his jersey,” Farrell said. “Hopefully it allows us to even out some of the performances within the rotation.”

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