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Notes: Sox win one, lose one in exhibition play


Notes: Sox win one, lose one in exhibition play

By Maureen Mullen

It was a mixed bad for the Red Sox Friday, as they split their split-squad games.

At Hammond Stadium, the Twins' home field in Fort Myers, the Red Sox lost Minnesota, 3-2, evening the Mayors Cup series at two games each in the best-of-five series. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-3 to raise his average to .364. David Ortiz went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Tim Wakefield pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit. Hideki Okajima pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and walk with one strikeout.

The Red Sox won their other split-squad game, 9-3, against the Astros
in Kissimmee. The Sox scored three runs in the first inning. Kyle Weiland started and got the win improving his record to 1-1, despite going 1 13 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and walk with one strikeout. Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-3, including a triple, with a run scored and an RBI. Daniel Nava went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. Mark Wagner went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Scheduled pitchers for Saturdays game against the Marlins at City of Palms Park include John Lackey, Randy Williams, Bobby Jenks, and Matt Fox.

The Red Sox are scheduled to have their annual meeting with representatives of Major League Baseball security before Saturdays game.

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Ron Gardenhire to interview with Red Sox Wednesday

Ron Gardenhire to interview with Red Sox Wednesday

BOSTON — Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire's interview for Red Sox manager is scheduled for Wednesday, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston. He'll be the third to interview for John Farrell's old job, following favorite Alex Cora on Sunday and Brad Ausmus on Monday — and may be the last to interview as well. 

The Sox could move quickly from here. Announcing hiring is tricky this time of year, because MLB doesn't want personnel moves to detract from the playoffs. 

But if Cora ends up the choice, as is most likely, his introduction is further complicated by the fact that his team, Houston, is still playing — and could be playing in the World Series.


Cora, who would be a first-time manager unlike Ausmus and Gardenhire, is close with Red Sox second baseman and leader Dustin Pedroia and is drawing interest across the game.

Gardenhire would be something of a safe hiring, considering his 13 years as manager of the Minnesota Twins. A few days shy of his 60th birthday, Gardenhire would have to prove he could handle a vastly different market than Minnesota, and also connect with players despite being older than both Ausmus (48) and Cora (41). 


E-Rod may be sidelined six months because of surgery; Ramirez has minor procedure


E-Rod may be sidelined six months because of surgery; Ramirez has minor procedure

BOSTON — Maybe now there's more reason to think Hanley Ramirez can have a rebound season in 2018. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, meanwhile, will be recovering from knee surgery and is expected to miss the start of the season.

Ramirez and Rodriguez both went to the operating table Tuesday. Ramirez, the designated hitter and first baseman who turns 34 in December, had left shoulder surgery — an announcement he made on Twitter with a picture of himself at the hospital. 

Ramirez's surgery is considered relatively minor.

Rodriguez's right knee ligament reconstruction surgery, however, has a recovery time of six months, which means that's roughly when the Sox expect him back in the majors. But the timetable is imprecise, and either way, the Sox' starting pitching depth may have to be addressed in the offseason. 

Rodriguez, who turns 25 in April, has had been bothered by the right knee for most of the past two seasons. He missed about six weeks this season after dislocating his knee and missed the start of the 2016 season after injuring the knee in spring training.  Rodriguez was 6-7 with a 4.19 ERA last season and is 19-20, 4.23 in 25 career appearances, 24 starts in three seasons for Boston. 

Here's what the Red Sox said in a release about the two surgeries:


BOSTON, MA – First baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez and left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez underwent successful surgeries today.

Ramirez underwent a left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, FL. Ramirez is expected to be ready for the 2018 season.

Rodriguez underwent a right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction. The procedure was also performed by Dr. Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola. Rodriguez is expected to return to pitching in approximately six months.


Ramirez was bothered by both shoulders in 2017, limiting his performance at the plate and also his time at first base. He had a .750 OPS in the regular season after posting an .866 figure a year earlier. He was productive in the Sox' Division Series loss to the Astros, going 8-for-14.