Arroyo 'feels for' the Sox in light of their collapse

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Arroyo 'feels for' the Sox in light of their collapse

Bronson Arroyo's been gone for six years, but he still remembers what it's like playing for the Red Sox.

So he knows what this current group of Sox is going through in light of September's collapse.

"Until you play in a Red Sox uniform, you don't know what it means to the people of New England and you don't know how much pressure there is on that ballclub," Arroyo -- who pitched for the Sox from 2003-05 and then was traded to Cincinnati prior to the 2006 season -- told CSNNE.com's Danny Picard on Picard's Web-based talk show, 'I'm Just Sayin'. "Having experienced that . . . I could feel for those guys because I know how harsh the fans and media can be in that enviornment."

Arroyo -- who "was totally surprised they blew the lead" in the wild-card race -- says he doesn't know what will happen with general manager Theo Epstein.

"I would assume everything is exactly the way he wants it," Arroyo said of Epstein. "He's a New England guy, he grew up in the Boston area, and I would think he wouldn't want to go anywhere else, probably for the rest of his career.

"But I've seen stranger things happen. Sometimes the inner workings of baseball's organizations, we don't know a lot of the things that go on . . .And so you just never really know.

"But I would definitely be surprised if he left, because . . . I get the feeling that between owner John Henry and Theo Epstein and CEO Larry Lucchino and the guys that are in Boston, they have built something over the last eight years . . . I would think they would want to keep this run going for a while . . . But, you know, you just never really know."

Not does he know what was behind Terry Francona's departure.

"I don't know if we know the true story," Arroyo said. "You wonder if ownership put so much pressure on him where they basically forced him to want out . . . or if he genuinely was going to walk away regardless.

"Either way, I definitely was a little surprised because, you know, being there eight seasons and having as much success as they've had and especially winning two world championships, I thought . . . they'd definitely give him a pass on one bad season like this.

"Which wasn't really a bad season; it was just, obviously, a terrible September."

Danny Picard is on twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Mike Felger and Dan Shaughnessy discuss the Boston Red Sox bouncing back from their slump with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

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Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay

 

QUOTES

"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.

 

NOTES

* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.

 

STARS

1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.