Sveum finalist for Sox, Cubs managerial position


Sveum finalist for Sox, Cubs managerial position

MILWAUKEE -- Dale Sveum has every reason to believe that he's a finalist for both the Red Sox and Cubs' managerial openings. Now, all he can do is wait.

"To have the opportunity and honor to be interviewed by one team is great," said Sveum hours after he finished his second interview with the Red Sox here. "To have the opportunity and honor to be interviewed by two, and two of the greatest franchises in the game. is unbelievable.

"Nothing has been discussed beyond the interview process. It's kind of a stalemate now. The process is finished; it's just the decision-making process now. We'll wait and see."

Asked if he already considered that he might have to choose between the two clubs, Sveum said: "Yeah, I think you have to. It's a reality. But I'm kind of putting that off for now until I have to. I've got enough on my mind.''

Sveum met briefly with Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein Tuesday night while here, before having lunch with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino Wednesday afternoon.

"It went well," said Sveum of the Boston meetings. "We went through more of the interview process. It was nothing that wasn't discussed last week (when Sveum came to Boston for his first interview). It was more of a greeting and a talk than an interview. We just sat down and had lunch and talked baseball. It was nothing formal."

The Red Sox have said they intend to bring back another candidate for a second interview, but haven't made any announcements. Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, contacted late Wednesday afternoon, said he had yet to hear back from the Sox.

Sveum said he hasn't been told about a timetable from either the Red Sox and Cubs, beyond the fact that the Sox have said they would prefer to have a manager in place before Thanksgiving.

Werner told reporters: "We're going to continue the discussions Hopefully, we'll come to some conclusion in the near future."

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:


* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.


* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.


1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.