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First impressions: Price routed in Red Sox' 12-8 loss

First impressions: Price routed in Red Sox' 12-8 loss

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 12-8 to Tampa Bay:

You can't say that the Red Sox didn't have their opportunities
The Sox banged out 14 hits, including two homers and five doubles. But too often, they couldn't come up with the big hit when they needed it.

In the second, they had two on and one out and didn't score. In the fifth, they got a leadoff double from Xander Bogaerts and stranded him. In the seventh, they loaded the bases with one out and couldn't score. And in the eighth, they had first-and-second with one out and came away with nothing.

For the game, the Red Sox were just 4-for-20 with runners in scoring position.

David Price's outing was horrendous
Let's not sugarcoat this: Price couldn't hold a four-run lead and was chased in the fourth inning.

The problem seemed to be all about location for Price, who was leaving a lot of pitches up in the zone.

For those suggesting that Price was too amped up in facing his original team, this was the fourth time in the last season-and-a-half that he faced the Rays, so that shouldn't be much of a factor.

Clearly, some adjustments have to be made -- and fast.

Whatever slump Mookie Betts had been in, it's officially over
Betts broke out some Wednesday night with a homer and single, and kept the hot streak going Thursday afternoon with a single and another two-run homer. Fifteen games in, Betts lead the Red Sox in homers with four.

Brock Holt, who has played well in left field, had a shaky day there
Holt was charged with one error in the six-run Tampa Bay fourth when he bobbled a ball, allowing Brandon Guyer to score from third.

He would have been charged with another in the seventh when he mishandled a carom, allowing Logan Forsythe to go from first to third, but he recovered in time to cut down Guyer attempting to stretch the single into a duoble for the final out of the inning.

Dustin Pedroia collected his 1,500th career hit with a sixth-inning double
This is Pedroia's 10th full major league season. He's had one season with more than 200 hits and two others with more than 193 hits. He makes frequent contact, runs fairly well and plays in a hitter-friendly ballpark.

And after all that, he's exactly halfway to 3,000 hits, which should put into perspective how hard it is to reach that plateau.

Chris Young stayed on the bench in what looked like a prime pinch-hitting spot
The Sox had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, with lefty Xavier Cedeno on the mound for the Rays and Jackie Bradley Jr. at the plate in a left-left matchup.

But had John Farrell gone to Chris Young, Rays manager Kevin Cash almost certainly wouldn't summoned righty Erasmo Ramirez to face Young.

And Bradley has been better against lefties in his brief career than Young has been against right-handers.

Kimbrel back in camp, but infant daughter on his mind

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Kimbrel back in camp, but infant daughter on his mind

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel has returned to Fort Myers after spending the past three weeks in Boston, where his infant daughter Lydia has undergone multiple heart surgeries at Boston Children's Hospital.

On Monday, an emotional Kimbrel spoke to reporters in Florida, including The Boston Herald's Michael Silverman, about the ordeal after throwing a batting practice session.  

"We’ll be in and out of Boston Children’s Hospital the rest of her life but for this stay, hopefully, a couple more weeks," Kimbrel said. “She’s in the recovery process but life-threatening wise, she’s in a good place that I can be down here." 

Kimbrel said he and his wife Ashley "can't say enough about how amazing Boston Children's Hospital has been." 

"There's no denying it's been the toughest thing we've ever been through," Kimbrel said.  

"In the last week, her recovery has been unbelievable and she's showing great signs and we're very blessed and we want to thank the Red Sox and Alex [Cora] for understanding they've been through this and working with us," Kimbrel said. 

He said Lydia, born in November, will need another surgery when she's around 3 or 4 years old to help ensure normal development. 

"It's been tough, I can say that. We're definitely, me and my wife, we've had each other and we've had our family, we've had a great support. Everyone is sending out prayers that have definitely been heard. Now, I'm back down here. The other day I threw a live BP up at Babson [College in Wellesley, Mass.], and me and her got to talking and seeing where Lydia is, and how she's progressed, she's in a good, comfortable place for me to be down here. If she wasn't, I wouldn't be here.

"My family comes first and then baseball comes. I have to thank the Red Sox for letting me be there with my family and then helping me continue to prepare while I was at home. Stepping away for a few hours was definitely a release. It did help to get in the weight room. It did help to throw the ball. But that's not going to take away the emotions we went through in the hospital."

Kimbrel said he and his wife talked about how fortunate they were to be in Boston and its world-class healthcare facilities. 

"We believe that everything in life happens for a reason, even if we don't understand it at the time," he said. "There's a lesson to be learned and something to be shared through every step you go through in life. As difficult as this is, and I know it will take time, hopefully, this experience and everything we've been through, we can share that with others, try to impact someone else's life. Because I know for a fact my daughter's going to be able to do that one day."



Kimbrel returns to Red Sox after daughter's heart surgery

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Kimbrel returns to Red Sox after daughter's heart surgery

All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel returned to Fort Myers on Sunday after his 4-month-old daughter underwent successful heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Red Sox are confident he'll be ready for Opening Day.

“Oh, yeah. Plenty,” manager Alex Cora replied when asked if Kimbrel had time to get ready for the March 29 opener against the Rays in St. Petersburg. “With him it’s a different schedule, anyway. He’ll be ready.”

Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born with a heart defect. He left the team Feb. 28 to be with her and his family in Boston, but pitching coach Dana Levangie said Kimbrel was on a pitching program during that time.

“The most important thing is that the family is okay with [Kimbrel returning to the Sox],” Cora said. “If they’re okay with it, we’re okay with it.”