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Quotes, notes and stars: David Price "lights out" in Red Sox 2-1 win

Quotes, notes and stars: David Price "lights out" in Red Sox 2-1 win

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 2-1 win over the Mariners:


* “I’m getting better absolutely, but there’s always room for improvement so . . . I’m still not satisfied.” - David Price said about his performance in the 2-1 win.

* “It’s just going over the fence right now, I promise you I’m not a homerun hitter. This is weird . . . I’m just trying to make solid contact let it go wherever it goes . . . It’s just kind of happened in the big leagues. I could hit it over people head because they moved in [when I was younger], but other than that the homeruns came up here.” - Mookie Betts on how he’s not a homerun hitter, despite already hitting 15 this season.

* “Goes out against the heart of their order, [has] a very strong inning and turns it over to [Craig] Kimbrel -- who was dominant today.” - Farrell said about Price holding the lead after the Red Sox had given him the lead.

* “I’m hurting now . . . I’m not an expert on stealing. I guess I got lucky on that one.” - David Ortiz joked about his second stolen base of 2016.

* “To see a 40-year-old guy steal a base is always fun to watch.” - Betts said about Ortiz’s stolen base.


* Xander Bogaerts became the first Major league hitter to record 100 hits in 2016 after finishing 1-for-3 against Seattle. He tied with Doc Cramer (1939) as the second quickest Red Sox player to reach that mark, with only Tris Speaker edging them out by four games in 1912.

* David Price threw his eighth quality start in a row. His streak is the longest active in the American League and the longest by a Red Sox starter since Jon Lester did it in 2014. Price has a 2.47 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and .204 opponent’s batting average in the stretch. He’s also the first Red Sox pitcher to throw three consecutive eight-inning starts since Tim Wakefield did so in 2005. He also hasn’t walked a batter in his last 17 innings pitched.

* Chris Young’s double in the second inning marked his 10th extra-base hit in his last 17 games.

* David Ortiz’s stolen base in the seventh was the 17th of his career -- second of 2016. He is 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts against Seattle in his career.

* Mookie Betts led off each game of the Seattle series with a hit. He is 20-for-61 (.328) with three doubles, a triple and three homeruns leading off the game this season.


1) David Price

Price was lights out, with but one blemish on his eight-inning win. He struck out seven, but -- more importantly -- didn’t walk a batter.

2) Mookie Betts

Betts hit the go-ahead home run in the seventh, his latest go-ahead homer of his career. He also finished 3-for-5.

3) Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel faced three batters and struck them all out, securing the Red Sox first one-run win since May 15th.

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.