Lowell returns to Boston, reflects on retirement

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Lowell returns to Boston, reflects on retirement

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, in Boston with his family, visited Fenway Park Friday for the first time since retiring at the end of last season. It was as much to satisfy a request of his two children as it was to catch up with his former teammates.

I think after it was kind of in November-ish, Lowell said. My kids asked me, Are we ever going to come back to Boston? because I told them we were selling the apartment. I said, yeah, we were going to come in the summer. So we kind of looked at the schedule and this was put in there about six months ago and its been nice. Took advantage, had a nice dinner with Dustin Pedroia last night. He brought me up to speed. He still thinks hes going to kill everyone. Four more hits tonight. So, thats good. But yeah the kids are good and were enjoying it. I didnt know we were going to get Miami weather here in Boston. Its been good though.

Although he looks fit, and he said his surgically repaired right hip is feeling good, Lowell, who turned 37 in February, is happy with his decision to retire after 13 seasons and two World Series championships.

Well, my hip feels so good right now that I feel like if I had to play, I could, he said. But Im just really satisfied that after another surgery with how well Im moving around. I can jog. I can run. And that was a big thing So from that standpoint, just from my life standpoint, it feels really good. Been able to enjoy the summer. It was weird with the free time. But its been fun. Ive really enjoyed it. I think I miss coming to a challenge every day. Its kind of what Ive known for the better part of 17 years. I miss my friends. Youre in the same grind together. But Im still at peace with my decision. So I think I made the right one.

For now, his baseball activities are limited to coaching his sons 6-year-old T-ball team. Mike Redmond, with whom Lowell played in Florida, is now managing the Lansing Lugnuts, a Single-A affiliate of the Blue Jays. Lowell recently visited Redmond, whose last season was also last year. While Lowell respects the work Redmond is doing, he doesnt see it in his future.

I think if youre going to do something like that, it deserves a lot of time, Lowell said. Im not willing to do that at this point in my life. I dont know. I played around with the MLB network. Im going to do a little more of that. And thats actually fun for me. So, I think in that sense it keeps me in the loop. I still get to follow the game and try to sound educated when I talk about it.

Although Lowell won World Series titles with both the Marlins, in 2003, and Red Sox, in 2007, he doesnt assign himself to either team. He just considers himself an ex-ballplayer.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.

First impressions: Price, Pedroia lead Red Sox to 8-3 win over Royals

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First impressions: Price, Pedroia lead Red Sox to 8-3 win over Royals

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox 8-3 win over the Kansas City Royals:

 

David Price has found a groove.

Price finally brought his ERA below 4.00.

He’d been about that mark since his second start of the season. Twenty-six starts later, he finally reached the mark.

Saturday’s start marked Price’s fourth-straight quality start. Price will soon eclipse the 200-strikeout, reaching 186 K’s with his seven-strikeout performance.

Although the lefty hasn’t been at his best throughout much of the year, he’s caught fire of late.

Possibly at the most important part of the season, too.

 

Dustin Pedroia just missed making history, can’t buy an out.

Boston’s second baseman entered Saturday with seven hits in his last seven at-bats. He stretched that streak to 11-for-11 with a 4-for-4 game.

He had the chance to go 12-for-12 in the eighth, but weakly grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.

He’s also the first Red Sox player with three straight four-hit games at Fenway Park since 1913.

Boston’s second baseman continues to prove that his struggles in recent years were directly related to injuries, not diminishing performance.

 

The offense passed a big test.

It might’ve appeared that Danny Duffy was a middle-of-the-road pitcher with the way Red Sox hitters tattooed him in Saturday’s win.

But the right only had one loss in 19 starts, with a 2.66 ERA (2.61 as a starter).

Between the long balls and Dustin Pedroia’s incessant ways of late, they ballooned his ERA to 3.01.

A respectable number, still, but a jump of nearly a half of a run.

 

Sandy Leon’s in a minor cold spell.

Possibly the greatest story of Boston’s 2016 offense, Leon hasn’t had too many struggles along the way.

But after finishing 0-for-4 Saturday night, he’s only 2-for-21 (.095) in his last five games.

Saturday also marked only the third time all season where he was held hitless in back-to-back games.

These things happen to everyone, but it was starting to look like Leon didn’t fall under the category of “everyone.”