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Boston Red Sox Notes, Quotes 2008-05-01

Boston Red Sox Notes, Quotes 2008-05-01
--RHP Jonathan Papelbon executed the first successful regular-season pick-off throw of his big-league career during the ninth inning of Wednesday night's game. Papelbon memorably picked off Rockies OF Matt Holiday during Game 2 of the 2007 World Series, and this time Papelbon's victim was Toronto SS John McDonald. The closer has worked hard on controlling the running game after feeling that other teams were taking liberties on the basepaths against him.

--RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka has led the Red Sox to a perfect 8-0 record in his last eight outings, a stretch that dates back to Sept. 22. Matsuzaka boasts a perfect 4-0 record for this season, and he is sixth in the American League with a 2.52 ERA. In a season where the Sox needed a No. 2 starter to step up in their rotation, Matsuzaka made a statement with his mound work during the month of April.

--DH David Ortiz slugged a solo homer in the seventh inning Wednesday, the first extra-base hit for the Sox dating back to last Friday's opening game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The home run ended a span of 39 consecutive innings and three complete games without an extra-base hit -- a record that had put the scuffling Sox into a tie with similar Sox power outages in both 1956 and 1964.

--RHP Bartolo Colon threw 45 pitches in an extended side session Wednesday and looked good enough to advance to a third side session at Fenway Park on Friday. As long as the big right-hander gets through the third throwing session without incident, Colon will pitch in game action with Class AAA Pawtucket on May 5. While the Sox have been getting very good pitching out of their starters as of late, the arrival of Colon would bolster their rotation depth.

--OF J.D Drew sat out Wednesday night's game with a tender quadriceps muscle, but Red Sox manager Terry Francona reported that the right fielder was neither better nor worse after the muscle tightened up on him Tuesday. The outfielder was receiving treatment Wednesday, but Francona wouldn't hazard a guess as to when Drew would return to Boston's lineup.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1,701 -- Total number of consecutive errorless defensive chances by 1B Kevin Youkilis, which broke the record for all defensive positions in the major leagues.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I just try to go out there and play the best that I can whenever they put me out there. I wish it were softball, but it's not so we'll see what happens. Hopefully, we all continue to play well and give them a tough decision on who to put out there on any given day." -- OF Coco Crisp, on his mind-set while playing the part of a fourth outfielder on the Sox this season.

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Added: May 1, 2008

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