We try to play Cora on days where we think he's got some history there or something. I don't know if you want to just start platooning a young kid. ... We don't want to pigeonhole a young kid after 45-50 at-bats [58, actually, and 147 if you include last fall]. ...Cora is hitting well at the moment, but let's remember that in August and September of last season, Cora hit .179/.227/.232. ... In 10 seasons, his stats are .245/.311/.349. (Plus his brother looks like a weasel.)
[W]e're trying to have a little broader view than just today. Me and Theo have had this conversation enough. My responsibility is to try to do what's right. This kid is having a tough enough time right now. I don't want to add to it. ... But again, we have a need. We want to help this kid out. Going with the hot hand is the easy thing to do and I'm not sure it's the right thing to do, 50 at-bats into this kid's [first] major league season.
Julian Tavarez, future scout (or janitor):
I don't think we need him [Clemens]. We don't need him. We've got some young guys down there who can do it, too. We've got Kason Gabbard, Jon Lester, a guy who is 22 years old who can bring it. This guy is going to be a Sandy Koufax some day. ... What I want or what they are going to do is different. It's just the way I see it. We don't need this. ... I'm ready for anything. I'll do anything. If they say clean the office I'll go clean the office.I brushed off last night's loss as annoying, but nothing to worry about. A big reason is that Francona did everything right. Schilling went seven and then Tito called on Okajima and Papelbon. What more could you ask for? When it went to the 10th, he used Donnelly. Francona made the right decisions, but Papelbon and Donnelly didn't do their jobs. I can accept that. But a manager who does not put his team/players in the best position to win makes my blood boil.
Manny Ramirez's eighth-inning single was his 1,000th hit with the Red Sox. He is the 14th player to have 1,000 hits with two teams (1,086 with Cleveland). ... In his last seven games, Coco Crisp has hit .393 (11-for-28). ... After Papelbon's rough outing last night, some SoSHers are wondering if he may be hurt.
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