Notes: Jenks' new workouts paying dividends

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Notes: Jenks' new workouts paying dividends

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. --- Bobby Jenks spent the offseason workingout with ex-NFL wide receiver Keith Poole, who is now a trainer inChandler, Ariz., and the workouts were much different from what Jenks wasused to doing in the offseason.

These workouts had a football mentality: Cardio and strength work, tire flips, chain pulls. Everything buttwo-a-days.

Obviously, working with someone instead of byyourself ,its a lot different, Jenks said. You got more motivation.At home its easy to say youll get to it later and before you knowits 10:00 at night. This way it gives me the motivation to go everyday and I think being this strong right now early in the spring, itsobviously paid off.

Regardless of whether I was going back tothe White Sox or a new team, it was something I wanted to do formyself, just be in the best shape I could going into the season. Andright now, its definitely paying off.

In two one-inning appearances this spring, Jenks has faced seven batters, giving up one hit with two strikeouts.

The Red Sox lost, 6-5, to the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Right-hander Michael Bowden, starting in place of Jon Lester, who was ill, went two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Andrew Miller went two innings, giving up three runs on four hits, including an Ike Davis home run, with a walk and strikeout. Hideki Okajima pitched a scoreless inning and Rich Hill pitched two scoreless innings. Alex Wilson took the loss, giving up one run, a Lucas Duda solo homer, and three hits, with a walk and a strikeout.

Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer, his second of the spring, in the eighth inning, tying the game. Juan Carlos Linares and Tim Federowicz each hit solo homers, the first of the spring for both. Daniel Nava, after driving himself to the game, went 2-for-3. Jed Lowrie also went 2-for-3.

Left-hander Felix Doubront, who had been experiencing tightness in his left elbow began throwing Saturday, making 25 tosses from 60 feet, and said he felt good. On Sunday he made 20 -25 throws from about 90 feet.

Red Sox players are scheduled to meet with executive director Michael Weiner and representatives of the players association Monday morning.

Ryan Kalish successfully defended his Dancing with the New Stars title Saturday night, defeating Luis Exposito, Ryan Lavarnway, and Jason Rice. Jason Varitek, David Ortiz, Tim Wakefield, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Mike Cameron, Darnell McDonald, Lars Anderson, and Michael Bowden served as judges.

Minor-league spring training began Sunday at the player development complex with the first workouts for pitchers and catchers. Position players report on March 11, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for March 13. The first minor-league games are slated for March 16 against Orioles squads.

Pitchers scheduled for Mondays game against the Orioles are John Lackey, Dan Wheeler, Randy Williams, and Kyle Weiland.

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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.”