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Quotes, notes and stars: Big day at the plate for Hanigan

Quotes, notes and stars: Big day at the plate for Hanigan

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-9 win over the Astros:



“I mean that’s a nice compliment. I’m just trying to learn. I’ll take any hits that they give me on a given day. Today I hit three balls, one went out [and] the other two were outs. Those bloops, those infield hits, you’ve got to take them because you’ll hit a lot of hard hit balls [as outs] also.” - Xander Bogaerts on the compliment he received from an A’s catcher on possibly being the “best hitter in the game.”

“He’s a competitive at-bat. I don’t even look at the batting average with (Ryan Hanigan) . . . He’s a veteran guy that knows the strike zone, knows his strengths and maybe his limitations as a hitter.” - John Farrell said on Hanigan’s big offensive performance.

“I’ve probably been more mad. I was frustrated with the call. It’s been a frustrating couple of days for me personally . . . I’m tired of getting that call called on me.” - Brock Holt on being ejected by Joe West in the bottom of the seventh.

“When you see your teammates giving 100 percent everyday and grinding out there, you’ve got to try to be right behind them.” - Hanley Ramirez discussing the Red Sox efforts on a daily basis.



* Sean O’Sullivan was Designated for Assignment by the Red Sox following the game and a corresponding move will be made Monday.

* Sunday’s three-hit, 4-RBI performance was Ryan Hanigan’s first since 4/19/14. Hanigan improves to .350 in his career against Houston.

* Hanley Ramirez has no reached base safely in 22 straight games, batting .356 in the stretch -- the longest streak of the year.

* Jackie Bradley Jr.’s hitting streak extends to 21 games, making his streak the longest in the majors this year, and the longest since Edwin Encarnacion’s streak from 7/26-8/31 last season.

* Carlos Correa’s home run was the 29th of his career, marking the second-most by an Astro through his first 137 games, trailing only George Springer (30).

* Mookie Betts became the first Boston leadoff man with at least one hit and one RBI in seven consecutive games since Dom DiMaggio in August 1940.



1) Ryan Hanigan

Doubling his RBI total on the season, Hanigan had a hand in six of Boston’s 10 runs, finishing 3-4 with three singles.

2) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez’s 3-5 day helped lead to two of Boston’s runs, knocking one in with and RBI double n the first, and scoring himself in the third.

3) Jackie Bradley Jr.

On the anniversary of the start of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, Bradley got a hit for the 21st straight game.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.