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Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars: ’They bunched some hits together’

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars: ’They bunched some hits together’

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 4-3 loss to the Tigers in Detroit: 

* “Yeah they bunched some hits together. Went with [Junichi Tazawa] just because of the history of those top three guys against [Brad] Ziegler -- dead lowball hitters. It didn’t work out . . . No [Matt Barnes] wasn’t available.” -John Farrell on the bullpen’s eighth inning.
* “I just didn’t make good pitches . . . Not trying to walk guys, not even trying to pitch around guys. I’m just trying to make good quality pitches and didn’t get it done today.” -Brad Ziegler on his performance in the eighth.

* “Went out of the stretch for the whole start, less moving parts. That’s the thing I’ve been working on. Feel like it keeps me over the rubber a little bit longer and enables me to command a little bit better.” -Clay Buchholz on why he didn’t throw out of the windup in his start.
* “I still don’t have an explanation. It is ass-backwards to be honest with you. We go from a potential double-play to a first-and-third situation -- I don’t buy it.” -Farrell on the umpires’ decision after Casey McGehee’s hit in the second.
* “I think that’s the most consistent quality strikes he’s thrown in any given outing all year -- particularly in the starting role.” -Farrell on Buchholz’s start.
* “I didn’t think it was going to go out.” -Sandy Leon on his home run.
* Sandy Leon is 14-for-32 (.438) in his past 10 games. He also has two doubles, a triple, four home runs (one today) and eight RBI (one today) in that stretch. The four home runs have come in the past seven games.
* Red Sox starting pitchers have a 2.56 ERA in August, cutting down from July’s 4.28 mark. They’ve almost averaged seven innings per start in August.
* Buchholz had his first quality start since May 20 when he lost to Cleveland.
* Buchholz has thrown 10 1/3 innings over two starts in place of Steven Wright. He’s given up nine hits, three walks three and only four runs.
* Junichi Tazawa made his 289th relief appearance for the Red Sox, tying Manny Delcarmen for the fourth most.

1) Miguel Cabrera

Cabrera reached base three times, finished 2-for-3 and knocked in the Detroit’s first run in the eighth inning.
2) Clay Buchholz

Boston’s starter deserved a better fate than a no-decision Thursday. Buchholz threw six strong innings, gave up six hits, but zero walks in an effort that deserved a W.
3) Matt Boyd

Although the lefty wasn’t impressive, he worked out of a few jams, holding the Red Sox to two runs over six frames.


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.