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Quotes, notes and stars: "A little bit of a gut punch"


Quotes, notes and stars: "A little bit of a gut punch"

SEATTLE -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 5-4 loss to Seattle


* "He was working through the at-bat in good shape. He gets him to chase a couple of breaking balls, (then) missed with one over the middle of the plate and that was the difference in this one, unfortunately.'' John Farrell on the game-winning homer allowed by Fernando Abad.


* "I'm thinking he's looking at a potential shutout the way he was throwing the baseball. Unfortunately, it turned quick.'' Farrell on David Price going into the eighth inning.


* "A little bit of a gut punch.'' Farrell on the two losses in games Price has started on this trip.


* "It's tough, but I have to look forward and get them next time.'' Fernando Abad on his Red Sox debut.




* David Ortiz set a record for most doubles in a season by a player 40 or older. He has 36, topping Sam Rice who had 35 in 1930.


* Ortiz also tied the MLB record for most extra-base hits in a season for a 40-year-old player. He has 62, which Dave Winfield had in 1992.


* David Price has thrown at least seven innings in every one his seven career starts against Seattle.


* Ortiz moved into a tie for 120th place all-time with Mickey Mantle for career hits (2,415).


* In the six games on the current road trip, four have been decided in the ninth inning -- two wins and two losses.


* Mookie Betts stroked his 30th double of the season in the eighth, the most of any leadoff hitter this season.


* The Sox have at least one homer in 22 of their last 24 games.



1) Robinson Cano

Cano had been 1-for-11 lifetime against Fernando Abad, but with one swing of the bat, turned a 4-2 Red Sox lead into a 5-4 Mariners lead with a three-run homer in the eighth.


2) David Ortiz

Ortiz keeps knocking in runs at a record pace, with two more -- one on a double; the other on a sacrifice fly -- giving him 87 for the season in 97 games played.


3) Edwin Diaz

The Mariners' rookie closer slammed the door in the ninth with overpowering stuff and three strikeouts.

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.