Adrian Gonzalez 2010

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Adrian Gonzalez 2010

Gonzalez' status in San Diego was thrown into question early in spring training when his agent made it clear there would be no more team-friendly deals and that Gonzalez would be seeking a contract in the Mark Teixeira range (8 years, 180 million) when he reached free agency. That demand, far too rich for the Padres' blood, sparked immediate speculation that Gonzalez would be available at the trade deadline . . . and, once again, the Red Sox lined up to make their bid. In fact, it was thought the one-year deal they signed with Adrian Beltre was to use him as a place-holder for Gonzalez; if they acquired Gonzo, they would dump Beltre and move Kevin Youkilis to third.

But San Diego had just hired ex-Red Sox executive Jed Hoyer as GM and Hoyer was sensitive to the perception that he was out to help his old team, making a deal with Boston less likely. Then the Padres surprised the baseball world by jumping out to, and holding, the N.L. West lead for a good portion of the year, making it impossible for them to trade Gonzalez. When Gonzo underwent shoulder surgery at the end of the season, with rumors spreading that he wouldn't be ready for the start of spring training, it seemed a potential trade would be put off until at least the 2011 trade deadline.

In the last few weeks, however, the Padres changed their minds.

2010 STATISTICS

GAMES: 160
AT-BATS: 591
RUNS: 87
HITS:176
DOUBLES: 33
TRIPLES: 0
HOME RUNS: 31
RBI: 101
WALKS: 93
STRIKEOUTS: 114
BATTINGAVERAGE: .298
ON-BASE PERCENTAGE: .393
SLUGGING PERCENTAGE:.511
OPS:.904
OPS : 152
SALARY: 4.875 million

Stats courtesy baseball-reference.com.Photos courtesy of AP Images.

ADRIAN GONZALEZ, YEAR-BY-YEAR

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McAdam: Will this be Clay Buchholz's last start?

McAdam: Will this be Clay Buchholz's last start?

With Wright and Rodriguez set to return, Sean McAdam joins SNC to discuss whether Tuesday’s game against the Rays will be the last start for Clay Buchholz.

Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over Tampa Bay Rays.

 

QUOTES:

"I didn't know I could really do that.'' - Mookie Betts, who marveled at his throw from the right field corner which nailed Kevin Kiermaier -- attempting to stretch a double into a triple -- at third in the eighth inning.

"He's playing a huge role for us right now. He's stepped in, he's built his arm strength and given us almost 13 very strong innings the last two outings.'' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz.

"I don't know that we ever lost faith in the talent of Clay. He was in a rut for quite some time. . . But the jolt that he's given us from the spot starts he's made, he's kept us rolling.'' - Farrell on Buchholz.

"You'd have to ask John about that. I have no idea. I've tried to make the most of (the opportunity) and if a decision has to be made, make it a hard one.'' - Buchholz, when asked if he's made a case to stay in the rotation.

 

NOTES:

* The Red Sox improved to a season-best 17 games over .500

* The win was just the fourth for the Red Sox this season when scoring two or one runs.

* The win was the first for Clay Buchholz as a starter since May 9.

* David Ortiz moved into sixth place on the Red Sox' all-time hit list, passing Bobby Doerr with 2.043 hits.

* Ortiz extended his hitting streak to 10 games and has reached base in 16 straight.

* Andrew Benintendi recorded his eighth multi-hit game, the first Red Sox player to do so in his first 20 games since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2007

* Mookie Betts recorded his 10th outdield assist, placing him third among major league right fielders.

* Craig Kimbrel has a 1.08 ERA in save situations this year and 6.06 in non-save situations.

* Kimbrel has recorded a save in each of his last five appearances.

 

STARS:

1) Clay Buchholz

To say that this was Buchholz's best start of the season is to damn with faint praise, since there haven't been many good ones. But this was very good: 6 1/3 innings, one run on five hits with a season-high nine strikeouts.

2) Mookie Betts

Betts has only been a pro outfielder for a little more than two years, but that didn't look to be the case when he fired a strike from the right field corner to cut down a baserunner at third with one out in the eighth inning.

3) Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel was dominant in the ninth, protecting a one-run lead with two strikeouts and a soft lineout to left.