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Alex Cora calls Trump's comments on Puerto Rico 'disrespectful,' says 'this is more than politics'

Alex Cora calls Trump's comments on Puerto Rico 'disrespectful,' says 'this is more than politics'

Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rico native, addressed the state of Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria after President Donald Trump earlier Thursday commented on the island's recovery.

Question: The president had some Tweets today about Puerto Rico. Did you see them, and as we approach the anniversary — ?

“I did. The timing, I thought he was going to mention something in a few days, Sept. 16 [the day the National Weather Service officially named it Maria]. Now that he got ahead of himself. You know, 3,000, six, 18. I don’t know. We will never know how many, how many we lost. I hate that people that make it a political issue. This is about human beings. The people that went through this, they know what happened. You know, we have, our population, 19 percent of our population are elderly. It’s old people, just put it that way. And the effect of Sept. 16, the rain, and the winds and whatever happens, maybe 18 people died. But the aftereffects, people don’t talk about that. And when you don’t have food, you don’t have water, no communication, no medicine, then this happened. 

"And one thing for sure, we — the government helped. We do feel that they helped us. I don’t know if it was efficient, it was enough, I don’t know. The one thing for sure, the Red Sox helped. The Cubs, the Pirates, the Houston Astros. There’s a lot of people in the states that they’re still helping us. To be tweeting about 3,000 people and be efficient, it’s actually disrespectful for my country. We see it that way. I know probably he doesn’t feel that way. And like I said, hey man, thank you for helping us. He went down there, he did what he did. I hate talking about politics and all that, but I think this is more than politics. 

"This is about a country that really suffered, we still, you see the hurricanes forming now. Everybody’s panicking. It’s not easy. One thing’s for sure, and I told you guys before, one thing I’m proud, we’re standing up on our own two feet. Like, do we need help? Yeah, we do. We know that. But we’ve been battling through it. We’re not where we were. But we will be there. And it’s just a matter of time. But you know it’s a little bit kind of like frustrating that the topic keeps coming and coming and coming. What’s the point, honestly? And I respect him. He’s the president of the United States. But I don’t agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us."

Alex, did you personally know people that suffered there, from a personal point of view?

"Yeah, yeah yeah. I mean, like last year, when Mr. Crane [Astros owner Jim Crane] got that plane, he got us a plane. It was 150 passengers. And like I said, that day was, when I was in the baggage claim, at the airport, and Mr. Crane was right there, I’ve never seen so many people being so grateful of somebody. I mean, there were people that they were sick. Young kids. You know, my kids were there, they were, what, three months old. You know to be able for them to come over, that was like unreal. That’s what it was all about. And Mr. Crane hasn’t even talked about it. We know a lot of people that right now, they’re still suffering. They don’t have a roof. They have a tarp. And there’s people in the country like in the mountains, they have no water. They just found out, there was a military base in a town in the East Coast that they found, I don’t know how many bottles of water. Just in the runway. And it’s been there for six months. And FEMA kind of like fumbled that one, from what I heard. There’s a story after story after story. 

"And you know, it’s been a struggle, but like I said man, hey, we’re better in the last year, obviously. We’re better than yesterday. We keep getting better. And it’s just a matter of time for us to be that enchanted island, like back in the day."


Chris Sale looks to avoid tying dubious Red Sox record

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Chris Sale looks to avoid tying dubious Red Sox record

When the Red Sox take the field Wednesday afternoon, Chris Sale will be looking to accomplish something he hasn't done in a long time: get a home win.

It's been 350 days since Sale last recorded a regular-season victory at Fenway Park, and if he loses or gets a no-decision against the White Sox Wednesday, it would be his 12th consecutive home start without a win, tying a Red Sox record. Five other Red Sox pitchers have gone a dozen straight home starts without recording a victory, the most recent by Eduardo Rodriguez from 2015-17.

Here's the thing about this streak, though. Sale hasn't been bad over that stretch. In fact, he's been very good, turning in only one real dud of a performance while racking up a record of 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  

It should also be noted that this is only a regular-season streak, as Sale beat the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS last season, allowing two runs over 5.1 innings.

So why the bad luck? A combination of factors, from lack of run support, blown saves from the bullpen, and the tail end of the 2018 season, when he was ratcheting up his arm strength after dealing with left shoulder inflammation. He's only been in position for the win three times over this 11-start stretch.

And while it could be argued that this is just another example of how a win-loss record for a starting pitcher is a mostly irrelevant stat, the fact remains that the Sox are just 6-10 in Sale's 16 appearances this season — not exactly what you want from your ace.

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Red Sox Report Card: Grading the defending champs after an up-and-down first half

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Red Sox Report Card: Grading the defending champs after an up-and-down first half

The official midpoint of the 2019 baseball season has arrived, which means it's time to take stock of the 44-37 Red Sox, who didn't lose their 37th game until Aug. 19 last season, and no, that's not a typo. This year's team has scuffled along, but remains in the wild-card hunt

Until then, we're left to judge what they've done so far via our Red Sox report card. Spoiler alert: there are a lot of C's.