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Marcus Stroman snaps back at Alex Cora, Red Sox over quick pitch spat

Marcus Stroman snaps back at Alex Cora, Red Sox over quick pitch spat

Marcus Stroman isn't letting the Boston Red Sox have the last word.

The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher apparently ruffled Boston's feathers Tuesday night by quick-pitching Michael Chavis after the Red Sox rookie tried to disrupt his timing.

Stroman claimed Chavis and Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale both had words for him about his quick pitch, and Sox manager Alex Cora also took a jab at the Blue Jays pitcher after Boston's 10-3 loss.

"It’s the same thing with him every day. He competes a certain way and people don’t like it," Cora said of Stroman, via Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto. "It seems like whenever a team comes in, somebody screams at him. I don’t know, that’s the way he acts."

Stroman caught wind of Cora's comments Wednesday on Twitter and apparently was not pleased.

But Stroman didn't stop there, referencing his decision to play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic instead of Cora's Puerto Rico squad. (Stroman has a Puerto Rican mother but was born in the U.S., making him eligible to play for both teams.)

The veteran pitcher (and very active tweeter) then offered a few more words in his defense.

The Red Sox reportedly also were bothered by Stroman's celebration after he worked out of a bases-loaded jam. But the Blue Jays pitcher has a history of playing (and tweeting) with plenty of passion, and he's not about to change it.

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An Opening Day start for Red Sox' Chris Sale: 'I think I'm going to be ready'

An Opening Day start for Red Sox' Chris Sale: 'I think I'm going to be ready'

Already coming off a season cut short by an elbow injury that shut him down last August, Chris Sale's spring training got off to a slow start as he recovered from a bout with pneumonia just as pitchers and catchers reported to Red Sox camp in Fort Myers. 

He says he's progressing after the illness led to him dropping a few pounds from his already thin frame (6-foot-6, 180). He'll throw a side session Sunday and told reporters on Saturday that he thinks he'll be ready for Opening Day March 26.

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"I think I’m going to be ready for [the opener]. But like I said, those aren’t my calls to make. I go out there, do my job, tell them how I feel on a daily basis," Sale said. "Obviously as the workload picks up, we have to see how things work out. I’ve just got to be open and honest with them and then we map out a plan and see how it works out."

In a Friday interview on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria" show, Sale said having his season end early last summer and going through a rehab process to avoid Tommy John surgery has him raring to go into 2020 despite questions about his stamina.

"I feel like I'm better now than I was then because of going through that [injury and rehab]."

Sale hasn't reached 200 innings pitched since 2017. He went 6-11 in 25 starts (147.1 IP) in what he called "a nightmare season" in 2019 after his and all the starters' workloads were limited in spring training and he struggled with his velocity at times before the injury was diagnosed.

"I feel really good," he told WEEI. "I can sit here and tell you what I want to do, what I think I'm going to do, but I've just got to go do it. I live here in town and put in a lot of work. I was here four to five times a week. It's exciting. For me, this really started last September October when that rehab process began.

"I gotta get back to the basics. Not really worry about fading, the injuries. This is sports. Injuries can happen overnight...I'm not worried about what my track record is or what people are thinking of me."

Jerry Narron hired as Red Sox bench coach

Jerry Narron hired as Red Sox bench coach

Ron Roenicke officially has his bench coach for 2020.

The Boston Red Sox manager announced after Saturday's spring training win over the Tampa Bay Rays that Jerry Narron will take over the role.


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If Narron's name sounds familiar, that's likely because he served as Red Sox bench coach during the 2003 season when Grady Little was manager.

The 64-year-old went on to assume the same role with the Cincinnati Reds in 2004–05, then served as the Reds' interim manager from June 2005 to July 2007.

Since then, Narron has had multiple jobs including stints as bench coach of the Milwaukee Brewers (2011-15) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2017-19). He was Roenicke's bench coach in Milwaukee.

Boston's bench coach position opened up once Roenicke was promoted to interim manager earlier this month. Roenicke replaced Alex Cora, who parted ways with the Red Sox after his name was mentioned in MLB's report on the Houston Astros sign-stealing investigation.