I had no idea what to expect this year [his first professional experience after pitching in Japan's Industrial League in 2008]. But looking back on it, I had a better year than I could ever hope for, and looking back, I think it was a great year.
G GS IP H BB SO ERATerry Francona:
Spring 5 0 9 5 1 10 1.00
Portland 18 18 98 80 26 88 2.57
Pawtucket 2 2 11.1 7 1 6 2.38
Boston 6 4 25.1 43 9 13 7.46
He's to be congratulated. He had an unbelievable year. I think what you'll see next year is you'll see a guy coming to camp that feels he belongs.
The Red Sox blew a chance to close the East gap to four games last night as the Yankees lost in Anaheim 5-2.
The best way to move forward is just play. There may come a time where we have to make a decision [about pushing for the division]. I guess I hope we do have to make a decision - that would mean that things have gone real well. But right now, no. ... There's no decision-making right now anyway.Mike Lowell:
We'll know a lot more by Sunday night, and if it's logical that we have a legit chance, yeah, we should go for it, but in a very intelligent manner.Chris Woodward is now the backup infielder as Nick Green is back to Boston for some tests on his weak right leg.