Dave D'Onofrio's Sox Beat: These Red Sox don't quit
And that helps illustrate why Thursday's and Friday's wins in Tampa and Minnesota were important and encouraging as the Sox try to right things after a rough start to May.
"This is a smart team, in terms of guys knowing the game, how it's to be played, what situations call for," manager John Farrell said Friday. "I think guys look beyond themselves when they're asked to execute."
So, if that's what the division comes down to, it's a good thing that this year's Sox at least appear far better-equipped to wage that battle.
A night after delivering the game-winning double, Middlebrooks was at bat with the game in the balance again Friday, and this time Farrell asked him to bunt. He hadn't laid down a sacrifice since Single-A, and because it cost the Sox an out after putting the first two men aboard in the 10th there were plenty of critics who questioned that decision.
After Daniel Bard's brutal inning against the Fisher Cats on Wednesday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, Farrell said there was "concern" about the direction the reliever is headed, though he said the organization will continue letting him try to resolve major command issues at Double-A - instead of shutting him down, or sending him to extended spring training.
Stat of the week: Through Friday, the Indians are 10-3 in one-run games, a .769 winning percentage putting them on pace to break baseball's single-season record. Terry Francona brings the Tribe to Boston on Thursday, as the Sox' long-term manager makes his return to the Fenway dugouts.
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- Which of the following prospective candidates do you think the Red Sox should hire to replace Bobby Valentine as the team's manager?
- Sandy Alomar Jr.
- Brad Ausmus
- John Farrell
- DeMarlo Hale
- Torey Lovullo
- Dave Martinez
- Tony Pena
- Ryne Sandberg
- Joe Torre
- Jason Varitek
- Total Votes: 1840