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Red Sox look to continue to avoid a four-game skid

Red Sox look to continue to avoid a four-game skid

BOSTON – Six games ago, the Red Sox found themselves in a position similar to the one they’re in entering play Saturday -- on the cusp of their first four-game losing streak of the season.

David Price and the offense held fast -- stealing a win at Rogers Centre with the bullpen looking shaky, again. Now, Steven Wright -- Boston’s most reliable starter – will take a crack at putting a stop to what’s probably been the Red Sox' worst stretch of the season - sloppy 13-9 and 12-7 losses in Baltimore and a 5-2 loss Friday to Toronto at Fenway Park. 

Wright (5-4, 2.45 ERA) has stepped up for Boston time after time this season, and while the same couldn’t necessarily be said about the other starters, John Farrell trusts the knuckleballer will put an end to the skid.

“He’s done it multiple times already this year,” Farrell said. “He goes out, he throws strikes as he’s done for the better part of this season we’re probably in pretty good shape.”

The Red Sox also get their third shot this season against Marcus Stroman (5-1, 4.46), projected to be Toronto’s ace when the season started.

The righty hasn’t done well against Boston’s lineup, giving up 12 earned runs in 10.2 innings of work in two starts -- to the tune of 17 hits.

“I though we handled him pretty good a few days ago up in Toronto,” Farrell said of facing Stroman. “Athletic, quality guy who’s going to throw some late action pitches across the plate. Our ability to get him up in the strike zone and hopefully capitalize on some mistakes will be the key in this one.”

Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia should continue to light up the hit column with Stroman on the mound. Bogaerts is 6-for-14 and Pedroia 6-for-13 against him.

Bogaerts had one the best days of his hitting streak against Stroman, lacing a 1-and-1 changeup over the left field wall and finding the hole between short and third for a single off an 0-1 fastball.

 

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."

Jerry Narron hired as Red Sox bench coach

Jerry Narron hired as Red Sox bench coach

Ron Roenicke officially has his bench coach for 2020.

The Boston Red Sox manager announced after Saturday's spring training win over the Tampa Bay Rays that Jerry Narron will take over the role.


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If Narron's name sounds familiar, that's likely because he served as Red Sox bench coach during the 2003 season when Grady Little was manager.

The 64-year-old went on to assume the same role with the Cincinnati Reds in 2004–05, then served as the Reds' interim manager from June 2005 to July 2007.

Since then, Narron has had multiple jobs including stints as bench coach of the Milwaukee Brewers (2011-15) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2017-19). He was Roenicke's bench coach in Milwaukee.

Boston's bench coach position opened up once Roenicke was promoted to interim manager earlier this month. Roenicke replaced Alex Cora, who parted ways with the Red Sox after his name was mentioned in MLB's report on the Houston Astros sign-stealing investigation.