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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays


Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays:


* “For me, it depends more on the count. What count I have, the hitter I have.” - Eduardo Rodriguez said on relying so heavily on his fastball, and not utilizing his off-speed pitches frequently.

* “[There’s] a little bit [of satisfaction], but at the same time it’s still 5-1, so you’re still trying to win the ball game. Obviously you notice if someone’s got a no-hitter going on . . . you’re pride tells you that you want to be the guy to get it done if the opportunity comes. That’s what I was trying to do.” - Chris Young said about his eighth-inning home run that broke up Marco Estrada’s no-hit bid.

* “[Marco] Estrada’s a tough right-hander that we’ve faced multiple times . . . He’s got a fastball-changeup combination that is out of the same exact release point. He’s got tremendous deception. He threw a number of four-seam fastballs at the top of the strike zone that we would pop up. But he kept us off stride he’s deceptive and stayed out of the middle of the plate.” - John Farrell said on Toronto’s starting pitcher

* “I’m just trying to get on base. We had one hit, so we’re trying to grind for 27 outs -- that’s all.” - Dustin Pedroia said about extending his hitting streak to 13 games.


* The Red Sox have dropped seven of their last 11 games, and are now 14-15 against the AL East.

* Marco Estrada’s batting average against dropped to .167 following Sunday’s start, already entering the day with the lowest BAA in the AL at .177. He’s held the Red Sox stacked offense to a .197 batting average (15-76) and has a 2.57 ERA against Boston.

* Dustin Pedroia’s hitting streak improved to 13 games with his ninth inning double. The second baseman also matched Jerry Remy for the longest hitting streak against the Blue Jays with Sunday becoming the 26th game.

* David Ortiz also extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his ninth inning double. His RBI brings his season total to an MLB leading 54 runs batted in.

* Chris Young’s eighth inning home run to break up the no-hitter was his fourth of 2016. Although he was initially brought in as a righty hitter who handles lefties well, all of Young’s home runs have come off of right-handed pitchers. He also recorded his 1,000thcareer hit in the ninth.


1) Marco Estrada

After carrying a no-no into the eighth, Estrada finished another impressive start against Boston with two runs to his name over eight innings.

2) Chris Young

Young launched his fourth home run of the year and was the only player to on either team to finish with two hits. He also recorded his 1,000 MLB hit.

3) Edwin Encarnacion

His two-run home run in the third proved to be the difference in Toronto’s win.

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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.