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Quotes, notes and stars: 'Bad break' for Sandy Leon, Red Sox


Quotes, notes and stars: 'Bad break' for Sandy Leon, Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres:



“This isn’t a video game. We’re trying to grind out at-bats and have good at-bats and sometimes you can’t get the big hit . . . We just couldn’t find a way to get a couple of runs in.” - Dustin Pedroia said on the team’s offensive struggles.

“He was hit by the pitch. So he’s out, dead ball, runners go back to their original base . . . Kind of a -- in some ways -- it’s a little bit of a bad break, but it is what it is.” - John Farrell on what happened with Sandy Leon’s strikeout in his pinch hit at-bat in the eighth.

“It’s the base hit with men in scoring position . . . On days where we’ve come up a run short, there’s opportunities throughout the course of a ballgame that can change the storyline.” - Farrell on Boston’s offense struggling Sunday and Monday, after scoring 27 runs between Friday and Saturday.

 “Just trying to see the ball, the shadows were pretty bad the last couple innings of the game." - Chris Young said about his approach in his pinch-hit at-bat in the eighth.

MORE: Three things we learned from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Padres


* The Red Sox have left 15 runners on base in the last two games.

* The Red Sox used four pinch hitters in Monday’s game and went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double. Entering Monday, Red Sox pinch hitters were hitting .181 with seven doubles and no home runs.

* Edwin Jackson struck out season-high 11 batters for the Padres -- Drew Pomeranz previously had the team-high striking out 10 hitters twice before the trade to Boston. He hadn’t struck out more than seven batters in a game once all season

* Dustin Pedroia’s 11-game hitting streak was snapped with an 0-for-4 performance.

* Drew Pomeranz has given up 10 home runs in ten starts with Boston.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had grounded into only six double plays all season, before grounding into two on Monday. That’s only the fourth time in his career that he’s grounded into two double plays in one game.

MORE: First impressions from the Red Sox loss to the Padres


 1) Edwin Jackson

 Jackson made easy work of Boston’s lineup, striking out 11. Seven of his 11 punch-outs came against the Red Sox 7-8-9 hitters -- in only seven chances.

 2) Adam Rosales

 San Diego’s second baseman launched a two-run homer that would end up being the difference in the win.

 3) Chris Young

Young launched the Red Sox’ first pinch-hit home run of 2016, the third of his career. His home run also came on his 33rd birthday.

John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

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John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

John Farrell can add another job to his resume.

The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.

The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.

Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.


Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

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Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!

The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!

After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning. 

The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.

No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.

The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."