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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz earns first win in two months


Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz earns first win in two months

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-3 win over the Angels:


“All I’m thinking there is try to throw to the end of the game and not eat up the bullpen for this next series. And everybody knows we have a really good offensive baseball team. If you stay in the game for long enough I think everybody feels good about our chances to comeback.” Clay Buchholz said after earning his first win since late May.

* “I’m only 5-foot-7. I’m going to need a trampoline to hit that damn ball. This is the Major Leagues.” Pedroia said, recalling his conversation with home plate Gabe Morales when Farrell was tossed.

* “We caught a break . . . And a couple of heads up plays by Steven Wright there . . . We certainly escaped quite a bit of damage in the first.” John Farrell on shutting the Angels down in the first inning.

“It’s been a rough year to this point, but I’m not going to quit trying to do really good . . . That’s part of the game, sometimes the game’s a little bit harder for others -- and that’s how this year’s going for me -- but I’m trying to take it in stride.” Buchholz on his season to this point.

* “As quick as his trigger was, Pedey might’ve been very close.” Farrell on Pedroia nearly being ejected after his third strikeout.

* It hit me hard, but it hit me on one of the better spots to get hit. It swelled up pretty quick. That’s why I put the sleeves on. I had to put the other sleeve on because I guess if you’re going to put it on one arm, you have to put it on there other arm . . . It’s one of those things to try and keep the swelling down. It helped, but it was a little uncomfortable to throwing with . . . It feels alright, I’ve been icing it.” Steven Wright on why he put sleeves on mid-game, and how his forearm felt after the Mike Trout comebacker.


* Dustin Pedroia extended his on-base streak to 34 games with his three-run homerun in the ninth inning. Pedroia has also hit safely in 11-straight games.

* Clay Buchholz retired nine of the ten batters he faced. He’s retired 17 of the last 18 he’s faced -- with Sunday’s seventh inning walk to Mike Trout. The win is also Buchholz’s first since May 29th.

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak 13 games went he went back-to-back with Dustin Pedroia in the ninth inning.

*The Red Sox finish July with a 15-10 record, and improve their road record to 23-21 in 2016.


1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia saved the day after striking out three times with his three-run homerun, and had the game ending double play.

2) Clay Buchholz

Buchholz threw three scoreless innings, retiring nine of the 10 Angels hitters he faced.

3) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts gave a much needed insurance run, giving the Red Sox a cushion and some extra momentum going into the bottom half of the ninth.

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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.