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Price confident of better times ahead in postseason

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Price confident of better times ahead in postseason

David Price hasn't had much success in the post-season. He's winless in eight career starts in the post-season and has a career ERA of 5.12

Price acknowledged that troubled history at his introductory press conference, but didn't seem terribly worried about it.

"I think I was just saving all my post-season wins for the Red Sox,'' joked Price. "I know good things are going to happen for me in October; it just hasn't been the case thus far. I know those times are going to change. I work too hard not to have success throughout the entire season. I know that I can throw the baseball the way that I do in the season in the playoffs.

"That time is coming for me, and I hope it's in 2016.''

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who lavished $217 million on Price earlier this week, didn't sound particularly alarmed, either.

"David's a good pitcher, a great pitcher,'' said Dombrowski, "and success in the post-season, sometimes, takes a while to come. I've seen him pitch
some great games.

"I know one of the losses for him was, (the Detroit Tigers) lost 2-1 to Baltimore with an opposite field line down the right field line to beat us. And he pitched a shutout on the last game of the season to win the division for us.

"He's a big-game pitcher. It hasn't always happened in the post-season. But a lot of guys, it's happened to in their career -- I've been around some. And all of a sudden, they just start rolling them out, pitch great. I'm confident that will happen with David for us.''

Ironically, one of Price's best post-season performances came in his first introduction to the playoffs -- saving Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS against the Red Sox.

"That was probably the biggest game I was ever a part of,'' recalled Price. "If that game went differently, I might not be sitting here right now because I might not have put the career together that I did. But the confidence that that game gave me, in a big game situation, helped us get to the next level. That was very important for me.''

Red Sox claim RHP Phillips Valdez off waivers, place Dustin Pedroia on 60-day IL

Red Sox claim RHP Phillips Valdez off waivers, place Dustin Pedroia on 60-day IL

The Boston Red Sox have made yet another move to bolster their pitching depth.

On Sunday, they claimed right-hander Phillips Valdez off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. To make room for Valdez, they placed veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 60-day injured list.


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Valdez, 27, only has 11 games worth of major league experience under his belt. In 2019, he posted a 3.94 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 16 innings pitched with the Texas Rangers. Valdez was claimed off waivers by the Mariners in November, then designated for assignment on Saturday.

Pedroia suffered a "significant setback" during his knee rehab, so his placement on the 60-day IL doesn't come as a surprise. The 36-year-old did not report to spring training with the Red Sox.

Along with Valdez, Boston has added Chris Mazza, Martin Perez, Trevor Hildenberger, to its pitching staff this offseason.

An Opening Day start for Red Sox' Chris Sale: 'I think I'm going to be ready'

An Opening Day start for Red Sox' Chris Sale: 'I think I'm going to be ready'

Already coming off a season cut short by an elbow injury that shut him down last August, Chris Sale's spring training got off to a slow start as he recovered from a bout with pneumonia just as pitchers and catchers reported to Red Sox camp in Fort Myers. 

He says he's progressing after the illness led to him dropping a few pounds from his already thin frame (6-foot-6, 180). He'll throw a side session Sunday and told reporters on Saturday that he thinks he'll be ready for Opening Day March 26.

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"I think I’m going to be ready for [the opener]. But like I said, those aren’t my calls to make. I go out there, do my job, tell them how I feel on a daily basis," Sale said. "Obviously as the workload picks up, we have to see how things work out. I’ve just got to be open and honest with them and then we map out a plan and see how it works out."

In a Friday interview on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria" show, Sale said having his season end early last summer and going through a rehab process to avoid Tommy John surgery has him raring to go into 2020 despite questions about his stamina.

"I feel like I'm better now than I was then because of going through that [injury and rehab]."

Sale hasn't reached 200 innings pitched since 2017. He went 6-11 in 25 starts (147.1 IP) in what he called "a nightmare season" in 2019 after his and all the starters' workloads were limited in spring training and he struggled with his velocity at times before the injury was diagnosed.

"I feel really good," he told WEEI. "I can sit here and tell you what I want to do, what I think I'm going to do, but I've just got to go do it. I live here in town and put in a lot of work. I was here four to five times a week. It's exciting. For me, this really started last September October when that rehab process began.

"I gotta get back to the basics. Not really worry about fading, the injuries. This is sports. Injuries can happen overnight...I'm not worried about what my track record is or what people are thinking of me."