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Quotes, notes and stars from Red Sox’ 5-3 loss to Blue Jays


Quotes, notes and stars from Red Sox’ 5-3 loss to Blue Jays

BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays:


“To take a guy that hasn’t played for a week and just assume he’s going to give you production against left-handers, he’s got to see right-handers to get the at-bats.” -- John Farrell on why he started Chris Young against a right-handed pitcher.

“Obviously I would never do that to anybody . . . It doesn’t matter who it was, I would never, ever try to do that to anybody. So I just told him sorry that it happened . . . He understood I wasn’t trying to do that, but it was something I felt like I needed to say to get off my chest more than anything.” – Steven Wright on his apology to Chris Colabello after hitting im in the head to start the fourth inning.

“He was getting the high strike all day today, and when a guy’s throwing that hard it’s tough to catch up to that pitch. He has that comeback sinker to lefties that he was pretty effective with -- especially with me today. And that curveball, he was able to keep a lot of people off balance. He attacked the zone and put guys in a hole early on in the counts.” - Travis Shaw on Aaron Sanchez’s performance.

“He got me with the sinker. But I’m just looking for a pitch that I can drive and put the ball in play.” - Marco Hernandez on getting his first major-league hit in his first game.


* Marco Hernandez is the first Red Sox player to record a walk, hit, stolen base and run in his major-league debut

* With Steven Wright’s quality start, the Red Sox have now thrown three straight quality starts for the first time since Sept. 19-21 of last year.

* Sunday was Sanchez’s 10th appearance against Boston. He’s now 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 26 2/3 innings.

* Travis Shaw hit his first homerun of 2016 off of Toronto’s closer Roberto Osuna in the ninth. This also marked the first home run Osuna had allowed since 9/21/15.



1) Aaron Sanchez

Relying almost exclusively on his 94-97 mph sinker, Sanchez held Boston hitless for the first 4.2 innings, finishing with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

2) Steven Wright

Only slightly outdone by his adversary on the mound, Wright held Toronto’s tough lineup scoreless after giving up two in the first. He finished with zero walks and six strikeouts in six frames.

3) José Bautista

After cranking a high knuckler over the Green Monster in the first, he made Boston’s comeback all the more impossible when he knocked in a run with a ninth inning double.

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.

MORE - Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt

“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.


Red Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt

Red Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt

Blake Swihart’s strong spring seems to have the Red Sox more inclined to deal one of their natural utility infielders, such as Brock Holt or Deven Marrero, rather than Swihart, a converted catcher with high upside who's getting a look in other roles.
"Sounds like they’re holding Swihart to open," a rival executive said. "More likely to move a utility guy."
A true utility guy, that is.


The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported Sunday that Marrero has been drawing interest from other teams.

"We do have depth with our middle infielders," Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday. "However, [I] would not get into potential trade discussions."
Swihart, who turns 26 on April 3, is most valuable as a catcher. But he could still be useful in a bench role for the 2018 Red Sox, and a win-now mentality may be the driving force here. (It is possible, as well, that there is nothing available via trade for Swihart that has piqued the Sox’ interest. Marrero or Holt wouldn’t require as much in return.)
The potential drawback is that Swihart won’t grow much if he’s not playing every day -- and in particular, if he's not catching every day. But the Sox may be be at a juncture where they feel his bat is a worthwhile experiment off the bench, at least for this season. They can figure out his future -- and their future at backstop -- later.
"He’s a great athlete," Cora told reporters on Sunday. "We’ve seen it in the batter’s box. It’s not only the results, but the way he’s driving the ball to left field as a left-hander, the quality of at-bats as a right-hander. [On Saturday], as a pinch-hitter, that kid was throwing 99 and he throws a breaking ball and squares a ball up."
Swihart entered Monday with a .283 average in Grapefruit League play, with a .905 OPS and a pair of home runs. But he does not have the infield experience that Marrero or Holt has, and the Red Sox essentially have to carry one of those two to start the year. 
Eduardo Nunez, the temporary replacement for Dustin Pedroia, is coming off a knee injury, and a sure-handed infielder -- Marrero’s glove is particularly good -- is a must. Rafael Devers is still coming into his own at third base. 
Tzu-Wei Lin is available in the minors too, and the Sox could see some redundancy with him, Holt and Marrero. Lin, unlike Marrero, has minor league options remaining. Lin also has some limited outfield experience.
The way the Sox roster looks now, they have two spots available for the three guys: Marrero, Holt and Swihart. Health can change that. Holt, despite being the most veteran of the group, has minor league options remaining, so he theoretically could go to Triple-A to start the season. But if the Sox don't see a role for him on this year's team any way, they'd be wiser trading him, considering he's due to make $2.225 million. It also would be kindest choice for Holt, to let him have an opportunity elsewhere, if one exists.


Swihart has played first base, third base and left field in addition to catching this spring. Perhaps, in time, there will be a way to work Swihart in behind the plate for the Sox. At the least, retaining him would be insurance if Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon do not perform well offensively.
There was a clear personal-catcher system for the Red Sox in 2017. Leon was Chris Sale’s guy, for example. Manager Alex Cora said he is not taking that approach. As an auxiliary effect, moving away from a personal-catcher system might make it easier for Swihart to receive more time behind the plate, if called on.
"Whoever I feel comfortable with that day behind the plate, he'll catch," Cora told reporters in Florida. "Christian already caught him. Sandy's going to catch him today. And then the next turn, Christian's going to catch him. Everybody's going to work with everybody."