Gonzalez declines comment on right shoulder fatigue

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Gonzalez declines comment on right shoulder fatigue

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Adrian Gonzalez went 0-for-2 with two walks and two strikeouts in Saturdays loss to the Rays. In the first three games of the four-game series, he is 0-for-8 with three walks, an RBI, and four strikeouts. In the last eight games, going back to Sept. 9 in Tampa Bay, Gonzalez is 4-for-24 (.167) with two home runs, five RBI, seven walks, and six strikeouts.

During the broadcast of Saturdays game it was reported that Gonzalez is feeling fatigue in his right shoulder, on which he had surgery last November after injuring the shoulder in May 2010 playing with the Padres diving for a foul ball in Houston.

Gonzalezs response:

Im not talking about that, he said.

Asked how he feels, he replied:

Fine. Its the end of the year.

But, his production against the Rays this season has been well below his overall performance. He's batting just .140 (8-for-57) in 17 games against the Rays, his second-lowest mark against any American League team this year, better than only his .130 (3-for-23) in six games against the Tigers. Against the Rays, he has scored just four runs, with five RBI, two home runs, 14 walks, and 12 strikeouts. He is just two for his last 41 against the Rays.

His first strikeout Saturday, swinging at a slider, ended the first inning. His second strikeout, swinging at a 97-mph fastball from Rays heralded rookie left-hander Matt Moore, opened the eighth inning.

Personally, Im swinging at pitches I shouldnt be swinging at, Gonzalez said. Im not mechanically right and chasing pitches down. I couldve walked every at-bat the series so far. Just trying to be too aggressive and trying to make things happen instead of just taking walks.

If I was mechanically right, Id be walking every at-bat.

Gonzalez faced Moore twice. He walked in the sixth, before his eighth-inning strikeout.

Hes got a good fastball, Gonzalez said. Hes got good stuff. Hes young. Theres a lot of young kids in the league now that throw hard from the left side with good off-speed pitches. Hes not anything different than a lot of the guys that we face throughout the year.

Saw some pitches for future reference. But today he struck me out.

The Sox had just seven hits in the game. Gonzalez is hopeful tomorrows starter for the Rays, left-hander David Price, will give the Sox better offerings.

Were going after pitches out of the zone, Gonzalez said. We could've walked 20 times a game if we wanted to. Were being overaggressive. Imtalking about more personally than as a team, but I think tomorrow its different because its Price and hes more aggressive in the strike zone.

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Quotes, notes and stars: "It seems like everybody was happy that I'm leaving"

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Quotes, notes and stars: "It seems like everybody was happy that I'm leaving"

NEW YORK -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 5-1 loss to the Yankees:

QUOTES

* "It seems like everybody was happy that I'm leaving." David Ortiz, unaccustomed to ovations and cheering at Yankee Stadium.

* "I thought he threw a high number of strikes. There was good swing-and-miss to his changeup and he took the opportunity and showed well." John Farrell on Henry Owens.

* "It's just taking good swings in good counts. It's just being a more mature hitter and looking for the right spots to pick and choose." Xander Bogaerts, who has tripled his homer output since last year.

NOTES:

* With his fourth-inning homer, Xander Bogaerts tripled his home run total from last year, improving from seven to 21.

* The season series between the Red Sox and Yankees ended with the Sox winning 11 of the 18 games.

* The Boston bullpen has given up eight runs in the last two nights after allowing only seven this month before Wednesday night.

* The Sox suffered only their second sweep of the season. They were also swept by the Tigers in July.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. has reached base safely in his last 13 games.

* Junichi Tazawa has contributed seven straight scoreless outings.

* Robbie Ross Jr. allowed a season-high three walks -- all in the same inning.

* Henry Owens has a career ERA of 8.53 against the Yankees.

* David Ortiz went hitless (0-for-11) in his final series at Yankee Stadium.

STARS:

1) CC Sabathia

Sabathia turned back the clock and looked like a far younger version of himself, pitching into the eighth and allowed just a run on four hits while striking out eighth.

2) Jacoby Ellsbury

Ellsbury had a hand in the first Yankee run -- walk, stolen base, run scored -- and doubled home the second run in the fifth inning.

3) Xander Bogaerts

The Sox had little offense on the night, but Bogaerts smoked a solo homer in the fourth to account for their only run.

First impressions: Owens improves, Scott scuffles

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First impressions: Owens improves, Scott scuffles

NEW YORK -- First impression from Red Sox' 5-1 loss to the Yankees:

* Henry Owens looked improved over earlier starts.

The lefty took the place of Drew Pomeranz Thursday night and pitched into the fifth inning, allowing two runs on four hits.

Talent evaluators believe that Owens has the stuff necessary to be a back-end starter in the big leagues if -- and that's a big qualifier -- he can command his pitches.

Alas, that's often been an issue for Owens, who averaged 3.4 walks per nine innings last season in Boston and, in four starts earlier this season, a bloated 9.3 walks per nine innings.

On Thursday night, Owens showed far better control, issuing just two walks. Further, he managed to pitch ahead in the count, giving him an advantage against the New York lineup. And mixing his changeup and fastball, he fanned six.

* Robby Scott had a bad night at a bad time.

Scott's in the mix to make the Red Sox post-season roster as a lefty specialist, competing against the likes of Fernando Abad.

He had been effective in most of his previous outings, with no runs allowed in six appearances with five strikeouts and a walk.

But brought in to face Brian McCann with runners on first and second and one out in the sixth, he yielded a single to center.

After getting Aaron Hicks on a flyout, he walked rookie Tyler Austin to force in a run, then heaved a wild pitch that scored another run before retiring Brett Gardner on a flyout.

Keeping in mind that Scott wouldn't be asked to face that many righthanders were he to make the post-season roster, Thursday's outing wasn't helpful in making his case.

* Yoan Moncada is gone for now.

The Red Sox announced that the rookie third baseman had traveled to Fort Myers to prepare for his upcoming assignment in the Arizona Fall League next month.

Expectations were high for Moncada when he joined the Red Sox on Labor Day weekend in Oakland and when he collected multiple hits in each of his first two starts, it appeared as though he would get most of the playing time at third for the remainder of the season.

But not long after, Moncada began chasing breaking balls out of the strike zone and looking very much overmatched at the plate. HE struck out in nine consecutive at-bats.

That doesn't mean that Moncada won't someday -- likely in the not-too-distant future -- be a very good major league player. But it is a reminder of how big a jump it is to go from Double A.

And, it served to point out how remarkable Andrew Benintendi has been in making that same jump.