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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox trust in Wright

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox trust in Wright

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-4 win over the Orioles:



“There’s a lot of confidence by our guys, by all of us when he takes the mound and he’s earned that. We’ve developed that trust in him because of his consistency. Even when he’s misfired with his knuckleball, he’s got a couple of other pitches that he can go to, so he’s not defenseless . . . He’s so calm. ” - John Farrell said on the trust the team has in Steven Wright after the start he’s had to the season.

“To have that type of middle of the order bat -- which we still have a lot of confidence in Hanley [Ramirez] and his capabilities of doing that -- it would certainly add an extra-base threat to the middle of the order. And the way other guys are going around him right now -- particularly David [Ortiz] ahead of him, the way Jackie [Bradley Jr.’s] come on this year -- it makes that middle of the order that much more [deadly].” - John Farrell said about Hanley Ramirez following his 2-3 performance in which he launched a three-run home run.

“When you’ve got a six run lead you just want to try to get ahead and stay. I didn’t really want to walk anybody. I as just tying to go out there and attack the zone and stay in knuckleball counts.” - Wright said about his approach to the Orioles offense after Boston gave him six runs of support.

“That guy is all over the place . . . Sometimes you step and look down and you might see [Dustin] Pedroia there.” - Hanley Ramirez said on Dustin Pedroia’s diving play in the fourth inning and general defensive approach.



* Steven Wright has not allowed three or fewer earned runs in 22 of his 24 career starts. His career ERA against the AL East actually went up -- to 1.61 -- following his fifth win in eight career starts in the division.

* Mookie Betts finished 2-5 win a run and has not hit safely and scored in 19 of his last 24 games.

* Xander Bogaerts' 2-4 day marks his MLB-leading 30th multi-hit game of the season.

* Hanley Ramirez’s third inning homer was his seventh of his career against Baltimore. He improved to 33-for-107 (.308) against the Orioles, with 29 RBI in 29 games.

* David Ortiz logged his 803rd RBI of his career at Fenway Park in the third, passing Jim Rice (802) for third most RBI at Fenway all-time.



1) Steven Wright

Wright notched his eighth win of the year, and brought his scoreless streak to 22.1 innings before giving up two runs in the seventh.

2) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez nearly doubled his RBI total in June thanks to his three-run blast in the third inning. He also added single to finish 2-3 and also scored after he was walked in the second inning.

3) Dustin Pedroia

In addition to his 2-4 day at the plate with a run and a walk, Pedroia flashed some leather, stealing what would’ve been a base hit up the middle in the fourth inning.

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.