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Quotes, notes and stars: 'Special day' for Hill in Red Sox debut

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Quotes, notes and stars: 'Special day' for Hill in Red Sox debut

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-5 win over Tampa Bay:

 

QUOTES:

"It's one of those things where they more you do it, the more you get comfortable with it. It's trying to not really make the situation more than it is. If you get caught up in the moment, you get into your head. You try to go out there and focus on the game plan you have and know that your stuff, if executed, is going to get the job done.'' - Matt Barnes, on being used more in high-leverage situations.

"Just trying to stay really short (to the ball). In my history, I can be a little over-aggressive at times. We've been trying to keep it simple and seeing some good results.'' - Bryce Brentz.

"The last day has been kind of a whirlwind, so to get the win and be able to contribute, makes it a special day.'' - Newcomer Aaron Hill, who had two RBI in the win.

 

NOTES:

* The Red Sox stole a season-high four bases.

* David Ortiz has 40 extra-base hits in 45 home games.

* Ortiz tied a club record with his 56th extra-base hit before the All-Star break. He also 56 in 2004.

* Bryce Brentz has knocked in seven runs in nine games this season.

* Hanley Ramirez has walked nine times in the last eight games and has reached base safely in 16 of his 26 plate appearances on the current homestand.

* Robbie Ross Jr. earned his first win as a member of the Red Sox.

* Mookie Betts became the first Red Sox player since Carl Yastrzesmki (1970) to reach 15 homers and 15 stolen bases before the All-Star break.

* The Sox improved to 10-9 in one-run games.

 

STARS:

1) Aaron Hill

The veteran infielder made his Red Sox debut one to remember with two run-scoring singles, including the second which accounted for the margin of victory.

2) Bryce Brentz

Filling in for Brock Holt after Holt left the game with a sprained ankle, Brentz had two hits, a run scored and RBI.

3) Matt Barnes

With the bullpen shorthanded, Barnes pitched a scoreless eighth inning, recording three strikeouts along the way.

 

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

For a position so essential to baseball — no player handles the ball more often — the catching ranks in Red Sox history are surprisingly shallow.

Multiple seasons belong to players like Johnny Peacock, Pinch Thomas, Hick Cady, Roxy Walters, and Muddy Ruel, names that sound like they should belong to bouncers before big leaguers.

The dearth of catching talent may partly explain why the Red Sox routinely featured lousy starting rotations, at least until Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Co. arrived to give the club perennial Cy Young contenders no matter who squatted behind the plate.

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Had this list extended to 10 instead of five, some of the names would surprise you. Wally Schang, anyone? How about Bill Carrigan? There'd definitely be room for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Anyway, the overall talent level may be thin, but the top five are legit, with three All-Stars and two Hall of Famers.

Click here for the top five catchers in Red Sox history.

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Are Dave Roberts' latest comments about Mookie Betts just wishful thinking or reality?

The Los Angeles Dodgers manager said some interesting things about his new right fielder on ESPN's "The Sedano Show" Monday, including that he knows how Betts feels about being in Dodger blue.

I think him being in spring training with us — the relationship I have with him personally, and I think some players too, and coaches — it feels like he’s already played a season with us, which is strange. … Mookie’s gotta do what’s best for him and his family once that time does present itself, but I know that he loves being a Dodger.

After just eight spring training games, Betts "loves" being a Dodger? It seems like a stretch, but maybe getting out of Boston was that much of a relief for the 27-year-old.

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With the 2020 season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's possible we never see Betts play a regular-season game for the Dodgers. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association agreed on a settlement that would let all pending free agents hit the open market if the coming season is canceled.

Betts, the 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion, likely will test free agency come 2021, and the Dodgers will have to pay a hefty price to keep him in L.A. 

If Dodgers ownership and team president Andrew Friedman decide to shell out the cash, then Betts will probably "love" being a Dodger even more.