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Dominant Addison Reed 'didn't change a thing' after bad outing vs. Yankees

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Dominant Addison Reed 'didn't change a thing' after bad outing vs. Yankees

NEW YORK — The last time Addison Reed pitched at Yankee Stadium, his manager tried to remove him in the middle of an at-bat. That was Aug. 13, two days after he allowed four runs to the Yankees in a messy series for a reliever breaking in with a new team.

The righty has been lights out since then, with nine innings pitched, three hits, one walk and just one earned run allowed. The 11-to-1 strikeout ratio in that time is exactly the level of effectiveness the Red Sox expected.

Reed’s latest outing made it look easy once again: he retired the side in order in the eighth inning Friday night at Yankee Stadium in a 4-1 Sox win. He faced the Nos. 9-1-2 hitters, including pinch-hitter Aaron Hicks (line out to center), Brett Gardner (ground out to first) and Aaron Judge (fly out to center).

What’s changed?

As Reed said repeatedly after Friday, nothing. He’s adamant about that. It’s not a matter of feeling more comfortable, none of that. The game where Farrell tried to remove him mid at-bat didn’t spark a fire under him, he said.

Steady, steady, steady.

Reed pitched for the Mets, so he’s used to an intense media market. But he definitely doesn’t sound like someone who appreciated being judged based on his fifth appearance with his new team. His 4.05 ERA in 13 1/3 innings with the Sox overall is still skewed by that one bad game. But, he has 15 strikeouts compared to just three walks in that time.

“Doing the exact same thing,” Reed said. “I mean, it blows my mind why people are making such a big deal out of one outing. I mean, I guess it’s a story for you guys to write. So if you guys want to keep on running with that. I mean, I had an outing where I gave up four runs. That’s gonna happen.”

The trouble is, first impressions after the trade deadline mean a lot, and the four-run blow-up came in a Sox-Yankees game.

“Didn’t change a thing,” Reed reiterated. “Four guys scored without me getting an out. That was about all that happened.”

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

UPDATE: The deal is for three years, per Ken Rosenthal.

BOSTON — We’re just waiting on an announcement now.

A pair of national reports on Saturday afternoon, one from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal... 

...And another from MLB Network and FanRagSports.com's Jon Heyman...

have firmed up Alex Cora’s expected hiring as Red Sox manager. Both reported that Cora, the Astros bench coach, is expected to take the job once Houston's season ends, which could come as soon as Saturday night after Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. 

Heyman reported a contract offer has already been made to Cora. 

A baseball source said this week that there was “not a doubt” Cora, the Astros bench coach, would wind up with the Red Sox gig. It’s unclear when exactly the offer was made to him, but one had not been made as of midday Wednesday, the source said. 

Cora, 41, a former Red Sox infielder (2005-08) who's also worked in the media and is the most sought-after managerial candidate at the moment, appeared the front-runner since the outset of what proved a small search for the Red Sox.

Earlier, Boston Globe reported that the Washington Nationals were interested in Cora after they fired Dusty Baker on Friday. 

 

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

The Washington Nationals will ask to speak to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora after the ALCS, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported, which could throw a wrench into the Red Sox' plans to name Cora their manager.

The Sox appeared close to naming Cora to replace John Farrell after the Astros season is finished, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reported earlier this week. Then the Nats decided to part ways with manager Dusty Baker after consecutive N.L. East titles but Division Series flameouts.

Cora, 41, as Cafardo points out, was once offered a player development job with the Nats, who were the last team he played for (2011) in his 14-plus years as a major league infielder, including 2005-08 with the Red Sox. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo obviously has a fondness for Cora, telling MLB.com in 2011:

"I think it comes natural to him to be a teacher. Alex still has a lot left in his tank as a player. But he has my number, and when he’s done playing, he can make a call. It will be well-received."

After interviewing Cora, ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Ron Gardenhire, who took the Tigers job this week, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told WEEI.com that he was still "undecided" if he'll interview anyone else.