Francona has 'no comment' on Manny


Francona has 'no comment' on Manny

BOSTON -- The highlights of Terry Francona's pregame meeting with the media Saturday:

-- On Manny Ramirez' retirement amid reports he was about to be suspended again for the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs: "I really don't have a comment. He's not our player. I really don't know anything about it."

-- On whether MLB will ever get the drug issue in the past: "I think it's unfair to hold baseball to that. Do you think life is going to get away from the drug issue?"

-- On Carl Crawford leading off: "I think he's going to be confident in any spot. If you're asking guys to mold themselves into one spot, you're asking for trouble."

The lineups:

Brett Gardner LF
Carl Crawford LF
Derek Jeter SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
David Ortiz DH
Nick Swisher RF
J.D. Drew RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jed Lowrie SS
Eric Chavez DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Russell Martin C
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Ivan Nova P
Clay Buchholz P

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:


* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.


* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.


1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.