Two Sox players: Good offseason moves, but pitching needs to improve

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Two Sox players: Good offseason moves, but pitching needs to improve

Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi spoke to a pair of Red Sox players today who applauded the team's offseason moves, said there's reason to be excited about the coming season, but also warned that the pitching needed to improve.

Giardi recounted the conversations with the players -- who requested anonymity -- on Twitter. The series of Tweets:

3:42 P.M. -- Spoke to pair of Sox players today. Both agree there is reason to be excited about upcoming season, but also cautious.

3:43 P.M. -- 1 player told me "we keep hearing about a culture change from you guys (media), but what we really need is a change in pitching performance."

3:44 P.M. -- Player X continued, "culture ain't (sic) gonna make our pitchers paint the corners, or go 7 innings every start."

3:46 P.M. -- Player Y on offseason acquisitions. Victorino, Dempster, Gomes, Uehara & Napoli (assuming gets done) are "gamers. We needed more"

3:47 P.M. -- Player Y also notes that new skipper John Farrell "needs to hold players accountable. There hasn't been enough for too long."

3:51 P.M. -- Lastly, Player X says "you tell everybody, the fans, my teammates, I'll bring it. I'm ready. Guys better be as well."

Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

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Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

CHICAGO -- Everything was going smoothly until the No. 9 hitter.

Protecting a 1-0 lead in the third inning Monday in his first start of 2017, David Price walked two straight batters with none on and one out in the third inning. Ninth-place hitter Adam Engel walked, as did leadoff man Tim Anderson -- who had drawn just four walks in 181 plate appearances entering the game.

Price, whose command was in question coming off just two rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, immediately paid for the consecutive free passes.

Melky Cabrera jumped on Price's first pitch, a middle-in fastball, for a three-run homer and a 3-1 lead.

The Sox got Price two runs back in the top of the fourth inning, giving him something of a fresh slate with a tie game at 3-3. He took advantage of the second chance, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning and keeping the game tied, and was rewarded when Mookie Betts homered to lead off the fifth and put the Red Sox back on top, 4-3.

Back from an elbow injury, Price was impressive out of the gate in his first major league game since last year's playoffs. He struck out Anderson to begin his season and needed just 14 pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning.

The lefty touched 96 mph on the final pitch of the first inning, which produced an easy groundout to shortstop from first baseman Jose Abreu.

Price was staked to a 1-0 lead before he threw a pitch.

Betts' leadoff double against Chicago's David Holmberg gave way to a run thanks to some great Betts base running. He took third base on Dustin Pedroia's ground out and then scored on a foul pop up that Abreu, the first baseman, snagged in foul territory with a basket catch — a rare sacrifice fly to the first baseman.

Home runs were a big problem for Price last year. So too was the third inning, when he had a 6.03 ERA.

Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

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Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

CHICAGO -- Injury scares are finding Dustin Pedroia in all the wrong places.

The Red Sox second baseman was pulled in the second inning Monday afternoon against the White Sox because of a left wrist sprain, an injury he seemed to suffer on a collision running to first base in the top of the first inning.

He and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu converged on the bag at the same time on a grounder to Abreu, and Pedroia tumbled over Abreu

Pedroia had season-ending surgery on the wrist in September 2014, addressing a tendon issue. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee this year, and missed time after Manny Machado's slide caught him in that leg in April.

Pedroia during the last homestand was pulled as a precaution because of concern for that leg.

Josh Rutledge took over for Pedroia at second base.