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John Henry praises Red Sox top to bottom, criticizes media

John Henry praises Red Sox top to bottom, criticizes media

NEW YORK — Red Sox principal owner John Henry had not seen his team clinch a postseason series in New York in 14 years. He has now seen two champagne celebrations at Yankee Stadium in roughly two weeks, one for the division and one for the right to play for the American League pennant, both at the Yankees’ expense. But he didn’t take the opportunity during Tuesday’s champagne celebration to poke the Yanks any further.

"Its a tremendous series, I mean this is the best series perhaps in sports, certainly in baseball,” Henry said. “So it’s a great way to start.

“This is just such a great rivalry. They’re going to have a great team again next year, so I look forward to another 19 games next year and hopefully you know we’ll see ‘em in the playoffs again.”

Henry praised manager Alex Cora as “bold since Day One,” and even before, dating to the winter. He praised Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and the staff for both men. Repeatedly, he noted the late-season acquisitions Dombrowski made, and credited the players above all.

He also noted what everyone else felt.

“It was too close for comfort,” Dombrowski said of Game 4’s ninth inning. “That was a heck of a play on that last throw. … [Steve] Pearce made some great plays.”

On the impending match-up with the Astros, Henry said he couldn’t think of anything more fun, and that it would be a great seven-game series.

“These are arguably the three strongest teams in baseball and were all year and it’s going to be an exciting series, I can’t wait,” Henry said.

Henry, who has plenty of media experience with Fenway Sports Group’s ownership of NESN and his purchase of the Boston Globe, also took a jab at some of the coverage of his team.

“It felt like the media thought at 1-1 that we were down 0-2,” Henry said when asked about the Red Sox being potentially underestimated. “That’s what I was reading, that that was the feeling. I think media, first day of spring training, was pretty negative, even though we won the division two years in a row. We just needed to be a little more aggressive in our approach, because these guys are so talented. [The players needed] somebody to say go get ‘em, and they want and they went and got ‘em this year, all year long.”

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Mitch Moreland 'running out of stuff to say' about Rafael Devers

Mitch Moreland 'running out of stuff to say' about Rafael Devers

On Sunday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox were able to fight back to earn a win over the Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox were down 6-0, but they scored 13 answered runs to overtake the woeful Orioles en route to their fifth straight win.

In the contest, the Red Sox offense was powered by Rafael Devers. The 22-year-old went 4-for-5 in the game with a homer and four RBIs and made history. He became only the second Red Sox player to total 100-plus RBIs and 100-plus runs in a season at age 23 or younger. The only other player to do that was Ted Williams, who did it twice.

Devers is currently on a hot streak for the Sox, batting .652 with 3 homers, 7 doubles, and 11 RBIs over the course of his past five games. He also leads the league in hits, RBIs, and doubles as of this writing. And his consistently solid performance has earned endless praise from his coaches and teammates.

"I’m running out of stuff to say about him," first baseman Mitch Moreland said, per Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. "It seems like a bad day for him is 2 for 4 with a double. He’s been incredible."

Meanwhile, manager Alex Cora praised Devers for his consistency and ability to string together quality at-bats.

"It seems like everything that is in the zone he’s hitting hard," Cora said, per Abraham. "The quality of the at-bats are great. He keeps working. He’s not taking anything for granted."

Devers' red-hot performance has coincided with the Red Sox' recent winning streak, so the team will hope that he can continue to stay hot. And if he can, that could do a lot to help the team succeed with their pitching staff currently weakened by injuries.

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Chris Sale will visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday

Chris Sale will visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday

Chris Sale is officially getting ready for a visit with Dr. James Andrews.

According to Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, the team's ace will be heading down to Florida to meet with the renowned surgeon on Monday. At that point in time, Sale and Dr. Andrews will discuss options for treatment on his sore elbow.

"[Sale] just wants to make sure he has all the facts," Cora said of the visit, per Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. "He wants to see where we’re at with it and all the opinions."

Sale, who is in the midst of a career-worst season that has seen him log a 6-11 record and 4.40 ERA. He was placed on the 10-day IL on Saturday with left elbow inflammation and the visit with Dr. Andrews has raised some concerns about the potential for Tommy John surgery. We'll know more about the situation after Sale's visit on Monday.

After losing Sale, Cora stated that the team has "got to keep going" without Sale in the rotation. They got off to a good start by beating the Baltimore Orioles in the past two contests, but the bigger test for them will be how they fare in the upcoming week against the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres.

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