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Alex Cora 'didn’t feel too comfortable' pushing David Price in win over Angels

Alex Cora 'didn’t feel too comfortable' pushing David Price in win over Angels

Despite pitching well in his return from the IL, David Price's first game back from injury wasn't a long one.

After two scoreless innings on 45 pitches, the Boston Red Sox starter was pulled from the contest. The bullpen would go on to finish the last seven innings of the game. But according to Alex Cora, that was always part of the plan for bringing Price back.

"We were thinking three (innings), but then the effort and obviously he hasn’t pitched in a while. It was kind of a tough day," Cora said, as transcribed from NESN’s postgame coverage by Chris Grenham. "We got the pitch count up and I didn’t feel too comfortable pushing him. This is a guy that we really need for what we’re going to accomplish. Hey, we took a gamble, we took him out. He’ll be ready for the next one, but that was on me."

The gamble did pay off, and it certainly was one that Cora was more comfortable making thanks to September call-ups. The Red Sox had added several reinforcements to their bullpen including Travis Lakins, Ryan Weber, and Hector Velazquez for Sunday's game. That trio combined to pitch five innings of two-run ball and Weber, who notched the win, looked particularly good in two scoreless innings.

As for Price, though his outing was short, he did feel as though he was pitching better on Sunday than he did before his month-long stint on the IL began.

"I was one side of the plate before I went on the injured list. And today, I made a lot of good fastballs on the inside to righties," said Price per Alex Speier of The Boston Globe. "Just being able to get the ball on the right side of the plate, that’s what I want."

As Price sees more action down the stretch, the Red Sox will look to get more out of him. And they'll need it. They are still five games back of the second wild card spot with just 25 games left to play. They'll next get a chance to earn a victory on Tuesday night when they return to Fenway Park to take on the Minnesota Twins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

One of the most entertaining players ever to don a Boston Red Sox uniform was born 48 years ago today.

That would be Manny Ramirez, who celebrates his birthday on May 30. In honor of the special occasion, Major League Baseball tweeted an awesome video that includes some of Ramirez's greatest moments:

Watch below:

That cutoff of Johnny Damon's throw never gets old.

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Ramirez joined the Red Sox in 2001 after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians. From there, he became a key contributor to two World Series titles (2004 and 2007) and furthered his legacy as one of the best right-handed hitters of all time.

He isn't done yet, either. Ramirez announced just a couple of months ago he is hoping to find a roster spot in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League. More "Manny Being Manny"? That sounds great to us.

We wish a very happy birthday to one of the greatest (and most interesting) players in Red Sox history.

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Of all of Fenway Park's quirks, my favorite might be how the 315-foot sign on the Green Monster suddenly became 310.

It's possible I love this story because the sportswriter gets to be the hero.

In 1995, the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy decided to settle one of the most persistent rumors of his career. He remembers hearing it as a cub reporter during the 1975 World Series, when the Reds insisted to a man that Fenway's famed left field fence couldn't possibly be 315 down the line.

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They all believed it was closer, but no one could prove it, because the Red Sox resisted periodic efforts to measure and answer the question once and for all.

That didn't stop the Globe from accessing the park's original 1912 blueprints, which showed the wall at 308 feet. They enlisted a World War II reconnaissance pilot to examine aerial photos, and he pegged it at 304. The author George Sullivan crawled up the foul line with a yardstick and settled on 309-5.

None of those numbers ever became official, though, because 315 by that point had been well-established as part of the park's lore. Fenway opened in 1912, was extensively renovated in 1934, and added bullpens in 1940, giving us the dimensions we essentially recognize today. For more than 60 years, the 315 sign at the base of the foul pole beckoned right-handed sluggers, terrified pitchers, and lived in what felt like perfect accuracy.

But Shaughnessy had other ideas. He finally decided to take matters into his own hands in March of 1995. His friends on the grounds crew looked the other way as he hopped a fence in an empty Fenway and unfurled a 100-foot Stanley SteelMaster tape measure.

It only took a matter of minutes to prove his hunch correct: 315 wasn't 315 at all.

It was 310, or 309-3, to be precise. Shaughnessy wrote about his findings in late April, and within a month, the Red Sox had quietly changed the sign to 310, which it remains to this day.

"My whole life looking at that wall, it was 315," Shaughnessy said. "Shortly after the story appeared, they changed it to 310, which surprised me. It was very un-Red Sox like in those days, and these days.

"Now when I see 310, I take some pride in that."