By Maureen Mullen
BOSTON -- In their three wins against the Blue Jays, the Red Sox outscored Toronto 21-3. The Sox finished the nine-game homestand with a 5-4 record, and are 5-10 overall.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit his team-high fourth home run of the season Monday, a solo shot of Otavio Dotel leading off the seventh inning. With his home run Sunday,it is the second time in his career he has homered in back-to-back games. He also did so on Aug. 6 and 9 at Kansas City and Chicago, respectively.
J.D. Drew served as the leadoff batter for the first time this season. A triple in his first plate appearance gives the Sox a 2-for-15 record by batters in the first plate appearance of a game this season, with Jed Lowries single on Saturday. Drews triple was his first since June 27 at San Francisco. It was the Sox first lead-off triple since Drew hit on on June 29, 2009, at Baltimore.
Carl Crawford snapped an 0-for-15 slide with a double off the wall in the sixth inning. He went 1-for-5 with an RBI, raising his average from .127 to .133.
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The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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