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Alex Cora on 'inconsistent' Red Sox: 'We better get better now'

Alex Cora on 'inconsistent' Red Sox: 'We better get better now'

If you take a look back at the 2018 Red Sox regular season schedule, you'll see the defending champions were a model of consistency.

What a difference a year can make.

The 2019 Red Sox have had their moments, sure, but ultimately they haven't been able to gain any sort of traction. Just when they appear to be trending in the right direction, a couple of bad losses bring them right back down. Because of that inconsistency, Boston finds itself nine games back in the American League East and two games behind in the Wild Card race with two-and-a-half months of regular season baseball remaining.

In his pregame press conference on Tuesday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora described inconsistency as the team's primary issue up to this point.

"We’ve been consistent at being inconsistent," Cora said. "We see flashes of the team and then it doesn’t happen for a few days. Obviously the fifth starter, we always talk about it, it put us in a bad spot as far as like the bullpen and the usage. A few times you feel limited with them.”

The Red Sox addressed their need for a No. 5 starter on Saturday by acquiring veteran right-hander Andrew Cashner from the Orioles. Whether the move will have a positive ripple effect on the bullpen remains to be seen, but the organization further confronted its ongoing relief struggles Tuesday by optioning Ryan Brasier to Triple-A Pawtucket and promoting rookie southpaw Darwinzon Hernandez.

While strong performances from Cashner and Hernandez would help point this Red Sox team in the right direction, there are plenty of others who will have to step it up if Boston is to be in the mix for a playoff spot come October. With only 68 games left on the schedule, Cora knows now is the time to turn things around.

"We've gotta get better. We've gotta get better," he said. "It's July what? 15th? 16th? So, yeah. We better get better now."

The Red Sox have a chance to make up some ground in the standings over the next week as they'll wrap up a series vs. the lowly Blue Jays before heading to Baltimore to take on the cellar-dwelling Orioles.

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Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Steven Wright's Red Sox career came to an end on Friday, and it'll be a while before the knuckleballer makes his return to the mound.

Shortly after being released by Boston, Wright revealed to WEEI's Rob Bradford he will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow.

"I'm fully committed to rehab and making a comeback," Wright told Bradford. "I feel better than I have ever and want to get back to a position I haven't been in since 2016, which is healthy. My sole focus is to get healthy and stay focused."

Wright made only six appearances for the Red Sox in 2019 as he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in January and served an 80-game suspension. The 35-year-old also served a 15-game suspension in 2018 for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

Wright posted a 24-16 record with a 3.86 ERA in 81 total appearances during his tenure in Boston.

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Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Fifteen years ago, the Boston Red Sox pulled off the impossible vs. the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series.

David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez took a trip down memory lane to relive the unforgettable moments in a nostalgia-filled video for FOX Sports. The two legends relive everything from A-Rod slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove to Curt Schilling's bloody sock.

A-Rod shared the video and wrote about his painful memories from the series on Twitter. Watch and read below:

Credit to Rodriguez for being a good sport (imagine reading that sentence 15 years ago?...)

The Yankees could find themselves ousted from another ALCS on Friday night when they take on the Astros in a do-or-die Game 5. They would have to win three straight games, including two on the road, to advance to the World Series.

The last team to do that? You guessed it. The '04 Red Sox.

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