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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'backs against the wall' after Game 2 loss

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'backs against the wall' after Game 2 loss

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians:



* “I got two wins in the playoffs, just not as a starter. But I know good things are coming to me in October baseball.” - David Price said when asked about the chatter surrounding his struggles in the postseason.

* “It was tough to see [the ball] that first at bat.” - Lonnie Chisenhall on dealing with shadows in the at-bat when he hit his three-run home run.

* “Backs against the wall. It’s pretty clear what lies ahead of us. We go home down 0-2, Clay Buchholz on the mound Sunday with an attitude of no tomorrow.” - John Farrell on where the team goes after losing the first two games of the series.

* “No we had a chance to regroup s everyone does going into the postseason. Thought we came in prepared . . . To link this back to the final week of the season, I wouldn’t go that far.” - Farrell said when asked if he felt the two losses were a carry-over from Boston’s tough end to the regular season..

* “We talked before the game about [it]. Would he be a little bit rusty, or would he be really good? I think he answered that question. He was terrific. . . You go through that lineup and don’t give up runs, you’re pitching.” - Terry Francona on Corey Kluber’s effort.

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* David Price allowed his 11th home run in 9 postseason starts. In those starts, he has a 5.74 ERA.

* Friday’s start was Price’s fourth start where he’d given up five earned runs, that’s the fifth most by any starting pitcher in MLB history

* Lonnie Chisenhall’s home run off of Price in the second was his first off a left-handed pitcher this year.

* Corey Kluber improves to 36-0 on his career when he gets at least four runs in support.

* Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. have combined 2-for-20 through the first two games of the ALDS.

* Brock Holt is 4-for-8 so far this series.

* Through the first two starts, Rick Porcello and Price combined for 7 1/3 innings, 10 runs and 12 hits.

* Teams trailing 0-2 in Division Series have advanced in 6 of 53 series.



1) Corey Kluber

 Kluber stepped up in his first postseason start, pitching like the Cy Young Award winner that he is, striking out seven over seven, giving up just three hits.

 2) Lonnie Chisenhall

 The lefty smoked a David Price fastball in the second inning to set things in motion for Cleveland.

 3) Brandon Guyer

Yes, Brandon Guyer. He went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

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.