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Pedroia, Ortiz at a loss after Red Sox fall behind 0-2 to Indians

Pedroia, Ortiz at a loss after Red Sox fall behind 0-2 to Indians

CLEVELAND -- Down and nearly out, the Red Sox' two most senior players were at a loss to explain how it has gone so wrong, so quickly for them in the playoffs.

One offered generalities and claimed that the team had lost its identity. Another didn't want to talk at all, but was coaxed into doing so by a club official, only to offer terse, short responses.

"I think we've lost who we are,'' said Dustin Pedroia after a demoralizing 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians in Game 2. "We're the Boston Red Sox. We need to go out there and we should dictate the tempo of the game, how the game should be played.

"The last couple of days, they did that; we didn't.''

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Asked how to regain that identity by Sunday, Pedroia offered few specifics.

"Just play,'' he said. "You just compete against the other team. That's it. All the other stuff -- the information we get, everything, you've got to throw it out the window and play baseball. That's it. We've done it for 162 games, plus these two. It's a matter of competing and competing together.''

Meanwhile, David Ortiz was far less philosophical and far less talkative.

"Got to hit better and pitch better,'' grunted Ortiz in his assessment of the series.

There was no magical elixir, no rallying cry this time. When it was noted that he didn't seem happy, Ortiz didn't disagree.

"Why I should I be happy?'' snapped Ortiz. "They're playing better than we have. . . Should I be happy? We're getting our asses beat. Nothing to celebrate.''

That's for sure. The Red Sox have done little right in the two games to date. They've managed a grand total of four runs, after averaging more than 5.5 during the season. Both of their top two starters have flopped. And defensively, the Sox have been sloppy, from Jackie Bradley Jr's off-target throws to Pedroia failing to turn a routine grounder into a double play, leading to an unearned run Friday.

"You find out a lot about yourself and your team when you're in situations like this,'' said Pedroia.

Starting Sunday, the self-discovery begins. Or else, the season ends.


As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.