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Alex Cora on Red Sox' slow start: 'We're not paying attention to details'

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Alex Cora on Red Sox' slow start: 'We're not paying attention to details'

A reasonably upset Alex Cora addressed the media following the Red Sox' loss to the Athletics on Thursday.

Boston fell to 2-6 on the season after dropping their second straight series to begin the new campaign. Thursday's loss was highlighted by Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts miscommunicating on a ball hit to right-center field which turned into a two-run ground-rule double that helped the A's pull away.

Cora took responsibility for the Sox' uncharacteristic miscues and slow start to 2019.

“I pay attention to details," Cora told reporters. "I love paying attention to details and that’s something I took pride [in] last year. And right now, we’re not paying attention to details. So that’s on me. That’s on the staff. 

"Today I was watching and there were a few things that we were great at last year and we're not doing right now. It's early enough that we can clean it up, but that's on us. That's on me."

The icing on top of the Red Sox' lackluster effort was Mookie Betts getting thrown out at third base by A's center fielder Ramon Laureano in the ninth inning. It was the third time Laureano threw a Red Sox runner out in the series, meaning one would think they'd have learned that running on his arm isn't the brightest idea.

"It's a bad decision, and [Mookie] knows it," Cora said. "He owned it. He came right up to me and was like 'that's my fault.'"

Boston wraps up its 11-game trip out west with a three-game set against the Diamondbacks. Though it's still far too early in the season to hit the panic button, Cora knows his club has to turn things around before they return home.

"Last year was last year," he said. "We didn't play well in Seattle, we didn't play well here, now we go to Arizona it's a three-game series. We have to play better, that's the bottom line."

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Gregory Polanco honors Red Sox legend David Ortiz with awesome custom cleats

Gregory Polanco honors Red Sox legend David Ortiz with awesome custom cleats

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz has received many prayers, well-wishes and messages of support from athletes in all different sports since he was shot in the Dominican Republic on June 9, and one Major League Baseball player took the time to honor Big Papi with special cleats.

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco, who like Ortiz was born in the Dominican Republic, recently paid tribute to Ortiz with custom cleats.

Ortiz was shot in the back in Santo Domingo on June 9 and has undergone two surgeries, one in the Dominican Republic and one at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was still recovering at MGH as of late last week, and his wife, Tiffany, has given multiple statements on his condition since he returned to Boston. 

Police are still investigating the shooting and any potential motives of the suspects involved.

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Tonight's lineups: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

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Tonight's lineups: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

After a four-game sweep of the 50-loss Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox will be tested with a series in Minnesota against the 47-win Twins. 

Boston is just 16-23 against teams above .500, and the Twins currently lead the AL Central by 10 games. As a team, Minnesota leads the major leagues in batting average and home runs and has won seven of their last 10. 

On Monday night, Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.69 ERA) gets the nod for Boston, while Jose Berrios (8-2, 3.01 ERA) will take the hill for the Twins. The Red Sox trail both the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees by five games for the division lead, and the Yankees and Rays begin their own three-game series tonight. 

Below are the complete starting lineups for Boston and Minnesota: 

Boston Red Sox: 
Mookie Betts, RF
Andre Benintendi, LF
J.D. Martinez, DH
Rafael Devers, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Brock Holt, 2B
Michael Chavis, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Sandy Leon, C
Rick Porcello, P

Minnesota Twins
Max Kepler, CF
Jorge Polanco, SS
Nelson Cruz, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
C.J. Cron, 1B
Marwin Gonzalez, RF
Miguel Sano, 3B
Jason Castro, C
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Jose Berrios, P

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