Valentine: 'Iglesias hasn't quite found himself yet'

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Valentine: 'Iglesias hasn't quite found himself yet'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla -- Jose Iglesias was back in the lineup Monday night, a day after manager Bobby Valentine made the unusual move to pinch-hit for him four pitches into an at-bat.

Valentine said he spoke with Iglesias again after the game Sunday in Toronto, making sure the shortstop understood his reasoning for having Daniel Nava take his spot in the top of the seventh inning.

Iglesias went into Monday's game with just two hits in his first 28 at-bats (.071) since being called up.

"It's been a little too early to figure it all out for me," said Valentine. "But (Iglesias and hitting coach Dave Magadan) are working on stuff."

Valentine said Iglesias looks now like he did early last spring training before his confidence began to wane.

Iglesias has started at short in 11 of the last 19 games. He's struck out seven times in his 28 at-bats, but while he's made fairly regular contact, the hits haven't come yet.

"I don't think he's quite found himself yet as a hitter," said Valentine. "I don't know that it's necessarily strength. I think it's swing more than strength. But again, I haven't quite evaluated the whole situation yet and what he needs to do."

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:

QUOTES:

* "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.

NOTES:

* 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.

STARS:

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.