Former friends humiliate Red Sox, 20-2

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Former friends humiliate Red Sox, 20-2

OAKLAND -- In a season that has featured one low point after another, the Red Sox may have finally bottomed out Friday night.

The Red Sox were humiliated by the Oakland A's, 20-2, handed their fourth straight loss on the current West Coast road trip.

The 20 runs allowed were a season high for the Red Sox, eclipsing the 18 they gave up to the Texas Rangers April 17 and the 18-run differential represented the most one-sided beating the Sox have absorbed since 2000.

It also marked the first time the Sox had allowed 20 or more runs in the game since Aug. 21, 2009 when they allowed 20 to the New York Yankees.

The loss closed the books on a disastrous month of August, which saw them suffer 20 losses for the first time since the team's infamous September swoon at the end of the 2011 season.

Worse, 13 of the 20 runs were driven in by former Red Sox players. Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss each drove in four runs with Reddick belting his first career grand slam in a nine-run seventh inning, while George Kottaras added another five RBI. Kottaras, who had just one homer before Friday, hit two in the same game for the first time in his career.

Aaron Cook was blasted for six runs in just 2 23 innings. Of the six Red Sox relievers that followed him to the mound, only Junichi Tazawa was unscored upon.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a solo homer for the first Red Sox run. The second scored in the seventh on a groundout by Scott Podsednik.

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."