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Pedroia discovers change in Price's delivery that may turn his year around

Pedroia discovers change in Price's delivery that may turn his year around

NEW YORK -- David Price thinks he may have found something to turn his season around. And he has an unlikely source to thank.

Teammate Dustin Pedroia was watching past video of himself against lefthanded pitchers and saw something in Price's motion that was different than what he saw of Price this season.

“I had a good talk with Pedey today and he showed me some stuff,” said Price, who was shelled for six runs in 4 2/3 innings Saturday afternoon, pushing his ERA to 6.75. “He told me, 'Man, something doesn't look right. It looks a little off.' He showed me a picture of myself inn 2012, 2013, 2014 and then what I've done so far this year. It's a simple fix and for myself not be able to feel that or pick up on that, that's the most frustrating thing. I'm very good at making adjustments on the fly and I didn't pick that up.

“I want my hands and right leg to be connected by a string. Whenever my knee goes up, I want my hands to go up; when my knee goes back down, I want my hands to go down. And my hands have stayed (waist high) and that's not allowing me to get my full leg lift. It's been about a half of a leg lift of what I've been used to. It takes away the rhythm of what I do out there on my mound. When my hands stay (lower), I have to time it up perfect to execute that pitch. There's no margin for error because I don't have that rhythm.”

In Price's mind, the mechanical flaw could explain his inability to locate precisely, and also account for the dip in his velocity. Rather than pitch at 94-95 mph with his fastball, Price has been around 91-92 mph.

“I'm not putting myself in a normal power position,” said Price, “so absolutely.”

Price described his current mechanics as “almost a slide step out of the windup. I'll fix that tomorrow (in a side session) and hopefully, Thursday, I'll be back to my normal self.”

Price said he appreciated Pedroia's input. In past seasons, Pedroia helped point out something in Mike Napoli's swing that, at least temporarily, brought him out of a slump.

“We're 25 pieces to a puzzle,” said Price. “Everybody has to do their job. I'm always talking to hitters. If they ask me something, I'm going to tell them what I think, how certain pitchers are going to pitch them...Everybody can help everybody in here. To have Pedey, it took two minutes. It's easy. I definitely appreciate and I'll make the (necessary) adjustments and get back out there.”

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.