J.D. Drew will play through pain

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J.D. Drew will play through pain

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
SEATTLE J.D. Drew admitted there is still some discomfort in his left shoulder as he attempts to return to the Sox roster, and that the relative soreness is probably something hell deal with for the rest of the season.

So much for the popular notion that Drew refuses to attempt playing when hes less than 100 percent.

The Sox right fielder also admitted that the rotator cuff issue in his left shoulder is likely something that will have to be corrected via surgery once this baseball season is over, but hell give it a go over the final two months of the season with nothing to lose. That continued on Saturday with another day of live batting practice at Safeco Field with his teammates.

Its pretty sore because hitting on the field is a little more aggressive than hitting in the cage, but Ill build my endurance to get back in there. I feel pretty good, said Drew. Its about what we expected. Theres soreness that I think will be there for the rest of the year. I think its just a matter of strength gains that weve made kind of helping, and getting out of some bad hitting habits that caused.

At some point we may look at surgery down the road, but for right now its strength management and trying to keep the shoulder as stable as I can. As far as hitting Im taking the next steps on the field and its getting the endurance up and getting the swing plane to where I want it to feel.

Drew was non-committal about a potential rehab assignment in the minor leagues over the next couple of weeks, and said that regaining his timing in the minors isnt something hes needed to do in the past.

It feels like I hadnt swung that aggressively in a while, but it felt better today than it did yesterday. One day itll probably just all be there for me. I think well probably get a game plan going tomorrow: Monday is off so Ill probably just hit in the cage that day and some cage-work during the double-header and Wednesday, said Drew. Then we can make an evaluation and see the way things are progressing. The more swings and the more repetition I get while working with some aggressiveness will be a good answer to where were at.

Drew has to hope that shoulder-strengthening works because playing through the left shoulder discomfort left him with a .219 batting average and a pathetic .305 slugging percentage in 77 games this season. Thats extremely un-Drew-like and a sign that something is wrong physically with a 35-year-old thats talked assuredly about potential retirement after the current season is finished.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Quotes, notes, and stars: "No sign" of Ortiz slowing down

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Quotes, notes, and stars: "No sign" of Ortiz slowing down

Quotes, notes, and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Yankees.

QUOTES:

* "He gathered himself and got a little rhythm as the night went along.'' - John Farrell on Henry Owens.

* "That's a rarity for Betances to leave his breaking ball up like he did. Once David saw it up, he attacked.'' - Farrell on David Ortiz's game-winning homer.

* "There's no sign of him slowing down. Tonight is a prime example of it. Key moment, big hit when we need it. There's a long resume there and it's continuing to build.'' - Farrell on Ortiz's ability to deliver in the clutch.

* "There were some mechanical adjustments that I made. I came out a little erratic, trying to do too much, maybe focusing too much. But as game went on, I kind of got into a rhythm.'' - Owens on his start.

* "I saw him throw a lot of breaking pitches to Mookie. The one they hit stayed up a little longer than usual. He's the kind of pitcher that, if you go up there looking for everything he's got, you're done.'' - Ortiz on his game-winning homer off Dellin Betances.

NOTES:

* Over his career, David Ortiz has hit 29 go-ahead homers from the eighth inning on.

* Ortiz has eight homers in his last 24 games against the Yankees.

* The win was the first this season for the Red Sox in a game in which they were tied or trailing after seven innings.

* The Red Sox have won five of their last six and seven of their last 10.

* The Yankees have been limited to three runs or fewer in their last six games.

* In 21 games, the Yankees have faced 10 lefty starters; in 22 games, the Red Sox have faced two.

* Masahiro Tanaka has issued just one walk in his last three starts.

STARS:

1) David Ortiz

With one swing of the bat, Ortiz untied a 2-2 game in the bottom of the eighth with a game-winning two-run homer.

2) Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley's penchant for delivering a big hit continued as he rapped a two-run double to left in the seventh to erase a 2-0 Yankee lead.

3) Masahiro Tanaka

He shut the Red Sox for six innings before allowing three hits and two runs in the seventh.

First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 win: Ortiz has flair for the dramatic

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First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 win: Ortiz has flair for the dramatic

First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 win over New York Yankees...

* David Ortiz still has a flair for the dramatic.

Matched against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, Ortiz cracked a two-run homer into the Monster Seats to snap a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning. Ortiz now has 18 RBI in 23 games -- he didn't start in four of those games - and at 40, remains the one hitter opposing teams want to face with the game on the line.

Before the homer, Ortiz was 0-for-7 against Betances, with four strikeouts.

* All things considered, Henry Owens did OK.

Owens didn't fool anybody. He couldn't command his fastball, and when the Yankees did hit it, they hit it pretty hard. He walked three and hit another. But Owens managed to limit the damage in a big way, allowing just two hits in six innings despite 10 baserunners.

Occasionally, he would get bailed out by his changeup, which seems to be the lone pitch he has that is better than average by major league standards.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to hit when it counts.

Bradley got the Red Sox offense going with a two-run, two-out double off Masahiro Tanaka, when the Sox were down to their final seven outs.

In the last week along, Bradley hit an extra-inning homer; a solo homer that represented the only run of the game; a ninth-inning triple; and Friday's big two-base hit.

That he has 10 RBI from the bottom of the order suggests he can provide some sock from that spot.

* Matt Barnes continues to make strides.

Since allowing a homer to Kevin Kiermaier on the last homestand, Barnes has allowed just one run in his last four appearances, covering 6 1/3 innings, while holding opposing hitters to a .208 batting average (5-for-24).

* The Yankees bullpen gets all the attention, but in relief of Owens, Barnes, Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel faced nine hitters and retired them all.