BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox’ 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays:
* “I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to it. Honestly my focus is always going to be remaining inside our walls with the guys in our clubhouse. Their needs and what our staff presents to prepare them each and every day. I think that anything that might be said outside of Fenway can only be a potential distraction. And I just love the way our guys continue to go about their work.” John Farrell said on the rumors of potentially being fired and if he felt any pressure.
* “If nothing else I hadn’t thrown in the last three days also, so if I didn’t pitch today I was going to have eight days off. And it was nice to kind of get that first one out of the way and keep my arm in good shape.” Brad Ziegler on wanting to throw in his first day in a Red Sox uniform.
* “I was never discouraged. I never lost confidence in my abilities and I know my coaching staff and my teammates didn’t either.” David Price on if he’s encouraged going into the All-Star break after his eight-inning start.
* David Price struck out 10 batters for the third game in a row. He, along with Rich Hill (2015) and Pedro Martinez (1999) are the only Red Sox pitchers to do that while walking no more than one batter in each game. It’s also the seventh time he’s done so this season, joining Martinez (three times) and Roger Clemens (once) as the only pitchers to do that before the All-Star break
* David Ortiz hit his 22nd homerun of the season in the first inning, which was also his 525th of his career -- all coming in the American League. He passed Jimmie Foxx for 7th most long balls in AL history.
* Of Sandy Leon’s 25 first half hits, 10 have been for extra bases -- with the most recent coming in the second inning of Sunday’s game. He is 25-for-55 (.455) in the first half of the season.
* Brad Ziegler made his Red Sox debut, striking out two batters in his scoreless inning of work. It only took Ziegler eight pitches to go through three Rays in the ninth.
* The Rays lost five straight games heading into the break, nine of 10. They have now lost 10 in a row on the road, too.
1) David Price
For the first time in his career, David Price threw 8+ innings with 10 strikeouts and no runs.
2) David Ortiz
Ortiz launched his 22nd homerun of the season, giving the Red Sox just enough offense heading into the break.
3) Mookie Betts
Boston’s leadoff man recorded his AL-leading 39th multi-hit game. He’s currently riding an 11-game hitting streak entering the break, batting .422 (19-for-45) in that stretch.
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