Alex Cora

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Alex Cora said : “We dig into analytics and sabermetrics and all that, we found out that Martín is actually not a morning person, so we decided to go with Tanner,” External link

wcvb Monday, April 19, 2021 7:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We dig into analytics and sabermetrics and all that, we found out that Martín is actually not a morning person, so we decided to go with Tanner,” External link

wcvb Monday, April 19, 2021 7:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Coming into this series, we knew that they had stuff,” “They’re really good. I know they lost some games with the bullpen, but stuff-wise, it’s one of the toughest staffs in the big leagues. They’ve got (velocity), they’ve got good secondary pitches. They were good. They were good the whole day. They were actually good yesterday, too” External link

masslive Monday, April 19, 2021 4:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We dig into analytics and sabermetrics and all that, we found out that Martín is actually not a morning person, so we decided to go with Tanner,” External link

ChinaPost Monday, April 19, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "We dig into analytics and sabermetrics and all that, we found out that Martín is actually not a morning person, so we decided to go with Tanner," External link

foxnews Monday, April 19, 2021 12:09:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora explained : “I can tell. You don’t see him,” “We’ve had a lot of day games and you don’t see him walking around too much in the mornings in the clubhouse. When we have a night game, you see him walking around and talking. We just went with the data and decided yes, it’s true” External link

masslive Monday, April 19, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When those two boys get up at 6:30 in the morning, I’m the one taking care of them,” “I spend a lot of time here at the ballpark. That’s the rule at home. Angelica, she stays with them throughout the games. In the mornings, that’s what I do” External link

masslive Monday, April 19, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We dig into analytics and sabermetrics and all that, we found out that Martín is actually not a morning person, so we decided to go with Tanner,” External link

eagletribune Sunday, April 18, 2021 11:35:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "He meant so much in 2018 and ’19. It was always cool to go out to dinner … just listening to those guys talking about their experiences," External link

foxnews Sunday, April 18, 2021 7:33:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We haven’t talked about that. Actually it hasn’t been a topic for our group,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 6:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s something Bushie and Walk are on top of,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 6:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He meant so much in 2018 and ’19. It was always cool to go out to dinner … just listening to those guys talking about their experiences,” External link

wcvb Sunday, April 18, 2021 5:59:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He meant so much in 2018 and ’19. It was always cool to go out to dinner … just listening to those guys talking about their experiences,” External link

wcvb Sunday, April 18, 2021 5:59:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “His stuff is actually better than it was last year as far as velocity and movement,” “It’s just one of those, we’re going to keep getting him good matchups in the seventh and the eighth, combined with Darwinzon (Hernandez) for now, and get him on the right track” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 7:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s tough, timing-wise, but it’s not that tough,” “One thing for sure, when you play here, you know you’re going to get an 11 a.m. game. I think that’s one of the coolest things that we have. People love that game. For what we’re living, it’s not the perfect day. That Monday is so special around here and it was special for me because I knew I was going to play that game regardless. I love it. I love everything about it. We love this weekend. It’s a fun weekend” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 7:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Ron Roenicke ) : “I actually spoke to Ron yesterday and told him the velocity on the fastball and he was very surprised,” “He was like, ‘What?’ I said, ‘Yeah, he’s throwing that hard.’ That’s something good. It creates separation on his pitches. He has been good so far” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 7:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He can play every position. He gives you a quality at-bat,” “Right now, he’s not hitting for average but you see his on-base percentage. He knows the strike zone. He knows when to get to a fastball. He’s into the game the whole time in the dugout talking to guys. In the short time he has been here, it has been amazing the way people gravitate toward him in that clubhouse. It’s fun to watch” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 6:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Where we’re at right now, we knew this was going to happen,” “You look at the guys who have pitched for us, they have done an amazing job. The difference between this team and last year and even 2019, we’re a lot deeper. He was a professional when we talked to him and he understands. Whenever we need him, he’ll be here and he’ll perform” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 5:45:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He meant so much in 2018 and ’19. It was always cool to go out to dinner just listening to those guys talking about their experiences,” External link

seattlepi Sunday, April 18, 2021 3:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I really enjoyed him to be around,” “Sometimes he felt like I didn’t. But it was the other way around. I wanted him more down there. He wanted to give us space” External link

masslive Saturday, April 17, 2021 10:04:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He never mentioned he wanted to manage again. He never mentioned that in two years he was here,” External link

masslive Saturday, April 17, 2021 10:04:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about White Sox ) : “I texted him and he didn’t answer so I’m like, ‘Oh well, there goes a job. The White Sox got their guy.’ Happy for him,” “If he wanted to do it, he had his reasons. It’s good to see him managing a team and I’m happy for him” External link

masslive Saturday, April 17, 2021 10:04:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I had the pleasure of managing against Boch (Bruce Bochy), Sosh (Mike Scioscia) and Tito (Terry Francona), but (La Russa) is a Hall of Famer,” “He is a Hall of Famer already. Not a future Hall of Famer” External link

masslive Saturday, April 17, 2021 10:04:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You saw the runner, he took off to first base,” “In ’19, I didn’t want to get thrown out. I didn’t want to make a scene early on. (The media) asked me all that stuff. Hey, there were some people who thought I wasn’t into this. You saw it. I’m into it” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Jordan Baker ) : “He did say that. I was like, ‘Well, yesterday, you guys got together, so please, get together again,” “They decided it was a foul tip. Jordan stayed with the call and I got thrown out” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a tough one, especially in that situation,” “We come back, we’re scratching and we’re fighting. We know we got a strikeout. It didn’t work out right there, but then we got the strikeout and got out of the inning” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got to be careful with the workload for all those guys,” “Enrique (Hernández), Marwin. Christian (Arroyo) has been swinging the bat well. (Marwin) played two games yesterday, we took him out. We’ll give him today, see how the weather goes tomorrow but you have to do that. It’s very important” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s why he made the team,” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “The good thing is we’ve got capable guys,” “It doesn’t matter who you put out there. You feel comfortable offensively and defensively” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Tony La Russa ) : “It’s going to be a different weekend but we’re ready for it,” “Looking forward to seeing Tony on the other side. Managing against a Hall of Famer, a guy who really helped us in ‘18 and ’19. A guy that I really look up to. It should be fun. He’s one of the best in the history of the game and to manage against somebody like that is a privilege” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going to have to make an adjustment,” “That’s the way it adds up. We’ll see how it goes weather-wise. Conversations are going right now. We’ll just have to wait and see” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I saw the announcement like two innings before,” “Honestly, we thought it was going to be like a minute. It took a while. At the end... I don’t know. It’s fair for both teams, I guess. It’s uncomfortable. We decided to play with it. It was just weird” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 3:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We ended up losing a game with a jam shot to center field. That’s not bad,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, April 16, 2021 2:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve just got to be careful with the workload with all those guys,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, April 16, 2021 2:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We ended up losing a game with a jam shot to center field. That’s not bad,” External link

seattlepi Friday, April 16, 2021 1:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We've just got to be careful with the workload with all those guys,” External link

seattlepi Friday, April 16, 2021 1:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Just thinking about what Jackie did, not only as a player, and as an athlete — unreal — but having the burden and the weight of all the people on his shoulders and to perform not only on the field but off the field, it’s amazing,” “It’s unreal. As a Latino, you guys know how we feel about Roberto Clemente. We don’t have a Roberto Clemente without Jackie Robinson. That’s it. I’m not a big-league manager or a big-league player without Jackie Robinson. I’m very fortunate to know his family and it’s a special day” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 11:07:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The first few days, they were very tough,” “You get caught up on safety and everything that has to do with your group. Obviously, everybody has been thinking for a while about baseball here, but I bet — we didn’t talk about it here, we had the meeting three days ago — but I bet in the rooms, just watching the news and everything that’s going on, it puts thoughts in your mind. It’s a coincidence that we’re here and if this helps us, as individuals, to be better, so be it” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 11:07:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Both of them, they had more in the tank,” “We’ll stick to our program. We trust our program. These guys, they’re going to be ready. When May comes, they’re going to feel strong. Right now, our bullpen is doing an amazing job and we feel very comfortable with where we’re at as a pitching staff” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Enrique Hernandez ) : “That’s why we talk about our defense in the outfield,” “You guys talk about moving guys around late in games. We pinch-hit with Enrique (Hernández) for Franchy and our defense is still good. Alex had a great jump and made the right decision and he caught the ball” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 1:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It wasn’t a perfect game for us,” “That’s what I meant… we’re good, but we have to keep playing the game. We had a lot of runners on base, we didn’t cash in and it came down to a great play by Alex. We’ll take it, of course” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 1:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I can talk about a lot of things that happened today and it was not a perfect game for us,” “We’re good. But we have to keep playing the game. We had a lot of runners on base. We didn’t cash in. And it came down to a great play by Alex. We’ll take it of course. But we need to keep working and keep getting better” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We talk about the Rays and how they do things over there,” “I’m learning a lot about them and sometimes the market helps you be patient with players” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “In the situation they (the Red Sox) were in in ’17, they needed that bat,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added ( about Andrew Benintendi ) : “That’s a part of player development,” “Yeah, I do believe sometimes people rush their players. In this situation here, they needed Raffy Devers to make it to the playoffs in ’17. They needed Andrew Benintendi in 2016 to make it to the playoffs. You’re trying to win a World Series. You’re going to try to do everything possible to try to do it” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s no right or wrong,” “But people forget Raffy, he didn’t get his repetitions in the minor leagues. He’s getting his repetitions at the big league level, the highest level in the world baseball-wise. And he is hard on himself. People are hard on him. I understand that part. But we cannot forget that he’s learning at the big league level. It’s not an excuse. I’m not trying to cover for his mistakes. It’s the reality. And that goes on with other players” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “One thing Martín has going for him, he induces the opposition into weak contact,” “You see the hits he gave up against Tampa, the ones he gave up today — broken bat single, ground ball that hits the bag. That’s why we want him to be aggressive in the strike zone. He gave us a chance to win the ballgame today” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5:09:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We probably have to make a move, right? Do something over the weekend,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5:09:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think the guys who were here last year, it wasn’t fun,” “It wasn’t fun for them. They put in the work to keep getting better and keep winning ballgames. It’s a testament to them. Last year, it was tough to watch. It was tough for them who are here. It’s still early, but they can see the talent that we have and what we’re doing. It’s fun for them again. Baseball is fun for them” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a good baseball team,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora recalled : “They had the half-turf, half-grass field in Wichita,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I screamed at the TV. Turned the TV off, too,” “I forgot the other one. But that one, I recall” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Yes, you guys do. It seems like they care,” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “They get upset when they strikeout. They get upset when don’t get a call,” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “If she agrees with it, I’ll go with that,” “It’s a good baseball team. It’s a good team. It’s a bunch of grinders. It’s not the names we had in ‘18 and ‘19 but overall it’s just guys that we have to show up every day. If not, the results won’t be there. But they’re willing to work. They’re willing to put their work before and after the game. During the game, they are very in-tune with it. Yeah, they play with emotion” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Our thoughts and prayers to the Wright family,” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Rocco Baldelli ) : “As far as the decision, it was a simple one,” “We were ready to play. They called me over and they said the game was canceled. You saw it on TV. They were prepared to play. They called me over. (Twins manager) Rocco (Baldelli) actually came to the dugout and told me, too. After that, we got everybody in the clubhouse. We explained the situation. ... The meeting was very simple. We don’t have too many details as far as everything. But it was one of those where everybody understood the decision” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re waiting to hear from MLB and the Twins to see what’s next as far as the series,” “We don’t have too many details” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll talk about that one whenever we have to,” External link

masslive Monday, April 12, 2021 9:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Defense is very important for him,” “He takes his defense to the batter’s box. He needs to understand that he will make mistakes. That’s part of the game. He’s locked in defensively, which for him, it makes him at peace with the game. He doesn’t want to let his teammates down. ... His defense when it’s going this way, it eases him. He’s at ease with the game and great things happen” External link

masslive Monday, April 12, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Adam Ottavino ) : “Right away that postponement Opening Day put us in a bad spot,” “We don’t have too many off days. ... We have to grind but have to be careful, too, (not) to overuse the bullpen. There have been some games that we were up 7-0 and we ended up using (Adam) Ottavino and that’s not good either. So we’ll take care of them for a little bit. Obviously it’s not perfect but we’ve done this before in ‘18 and ‘19. What we sacrifice now is going to pay off later on” External link

masslive Monday, April 12, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We might need a few longer ones this week because of where we’re at schedule-wise,” External link

masslive Monday, April 12, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “But we’re working on that. We’re talking about it and hopefully, by the time we go home (from this road trip), we can get this ball rolling and we can get some of them vaccinated,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The way it’s going, I do believe we will (get to 85%) but you never know. People might change their mind,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Looking forward to the guys to make a decision and do what they have to do,” “Hopefully, we can get this thing going as normal as possible” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Obviously they (Red Sox players) know about other teams that are doing it,” “I hate to see it as a competitive advantage because they’re doing it for the right reasons. ... At the same time, if you want it to be as normal as possible, it’s there. You saw the rules. You saw the memo. You know what it’s all about. So I know they’ve been talking about it. But we’ll make a formal presentation and then they’ll decide” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "We do believe he will be back with us (Sunday)," External link

foxnews Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s been doing a good job the last few days,” “It was a rough start early on but he’s made better decisions and we’re very happy with the way he’s been playing” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For some reason Raffy didn’t tag the runner,” “Just one of those where I wanted to slow the game down. I just felt like everything was going fast. It was a different feel today actually with the fans. They were into it. There were a lot of them. It just felt that way. Even myself, I had to slow down a little bit early on. So just a message (to the players) like, ‘We have nine innings. If we play it this way, it’s going to be too fast for us.’ So we did a good job after that” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We do believe he will be back with us (Sunday),” External link

ChinaPost Sunday, April 11, 2021 7:29:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “From our end, we do believe he is going to be back with us tomorrow,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll know more, obviously, during the week,” “I know this doesn’t matter much, but having him around is not only positive for us, but for him. Just to be around his teammates and talk baseball and just be part of the team. That helps him a lot and hopefully that makes him better. It’s not that we want to push him, ‘Oh you feel better, so now we’re going to push you,’ but he’s very excited. We talked a little bit yesterday before the game. He’s feeling good where he’s at” External link

masslive Friday, April 9, 2021 6:35:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I know he likes hitting here,” External link

masslive Friday, April 9, 2021 6:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He has been hitting the ball hard,” “When he starts controlling the zone, good things happen. That was a good swing” External link

masslive Friday, April 9, 2021 6:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That was amazing, right? Just throwing all of those strikes,” “Velocity, I do believe this is his best fastball, at least of the last three years. The carry. It’s not only up in the zone. It’s actually through the zone and down. The breaking ball is good” External link

masslive Friday, April 9, 2021 4:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For him to compete out there and give us five strong innings, that was pretty gratifying,” External link

masslive Friday, April 9, 2021 3:52:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He needed a break, but obviously he’s really good against lefties,” “He’s one of the toughest ones in that clubhouse. He wants to play every day. That catching position is a tough one; He nails it” External link

highlandstoday Thursday, April 8, 2021 10:35:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think, on Sunday, he hit the ball hard three times,” “You can tell that he’s getting there. Obviously, it didn’t start well but he got a good pitch yesterday to hit. I think the lefty-lefty base hit told me more about where he’s at. To be able to track the ball and shoot it the other way, that’s a good sign” External link

masslive Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We didn’t face too many lefties ins spring training,” External link

masslive Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s one of the toughest ones in that clubhouse,” “He wants to play every day. That catching position is a tough one and he knows it, but we had no doubt as far as him performing because his swing is very simple. It was just a matter of stamina” External link

masslive Thursday, April 8, 2021 1:13:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When I see how people rank catchers, outside of our world, he’s the closest think to a complete package,” External link

masslive Thursday, April 8, 2021 1:13:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For them to use a different uniform, hopefully it’s the beginning of something cool and people can recognize these guys not because of the uniform but because of who they are,” “This is a great idea and I’m looking forward to that weekend to wear these two uniforms” External link

ChinaPost Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:30:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He got two days off to work on a few things and hopefully he can stay on pitches, go the other way and start doing the little things like some of the guys have done the last few days,” “He’s going to be out there most of the time” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6:08:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s no hard number. He’s going to go deep into the game” External link

eagletribune Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:28:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Goody put some good work with them in spring training,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:28:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We were down to one pitch, we got a hit-by-pitch, a wild pitch and J.D. put a good swing on it,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Emotionally, it’s a roller-coaster,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We won the series against the defending American League champions,” “It’s a good bounce-back from what happened this weekend and we have a chance to sweep them tomorrow” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s no hard number. He’s going to go deep into the game” External link

highlandstoday Wednesday, April 7, 2021 7:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He threw the ball well against a team that swung the bat well against us on Sunday,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Matt Andriese ) : “We can start with (a lefty) and then give Andriese or Whitlock some innings to face some righties or push them to make moves and bring lefties and then we have the lefties,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Now we’ve got to think of how we can maximize our bullpen,” “I do believe we have a pretty good idea of how to do it and I do believe that (Whitlock) will be part of that equation” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For them to use a different uniform, hopefully it’s the beginning of something cool and people can recognize these guys not because of the uniform but because of who they are,” “This is a great idea and I’m looking forward to that weekend to wear these two uniforms” External link

seattlepi Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll take care of him but there’s not a hard number we have,” “We do believe he’s ready to go deep into the game. So that’s the most important thing. If it was something that it was going to be short like he wasn’t ready to go five or six (innings), we’d probably think about the decision. But we do feel he can go deep into the game” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s going to be in the bullpen today,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It all depends on what you mean check all the boxes,” “You can be successful here but that doesn’t mean you have checked all your boxes from our end. And you can keep getting better. We haven’t made a decision yet” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We didn’t control the strike zone and that is something we should do,” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:49:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The way he handled the whole situation, it was amazing,” “After the game, he was thanking me for giving him in a chance. No, no, no. Thank you for giving me 3 ⅓ innings and help us to be ready for today” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:49:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I feel like the wind was blowing in,” “There was some balls we hit and actually they (the Orioles) hit, the second day. That ball (Alex) Verdugo hit down the line, I thought for sure from my view that was off the wall. But the wind was blowing in, too. So we’re about to find out. When the weather is better, see how it goes. ... The feedback from the hitters is not about the baseball. It was more about the wind blowing in, the conditions” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:49:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He had a good overall game,” “That ball down the line, that was a nice play. It was good to see him run around the bases and put in a good game for us” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For him to compete and work on his swing while he was competing at that level, it’s impressive,” “He’s in a great spot. You can tell. When you see him before games and the way he’s talking and talking to players and where he’s at right now, he’s in a good place” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You can tell the quality of the at-bats,” “I think he walked twice today. He did a good job staying on pitches. That last at-bat, he got beat with a fastball and then he just took what they gave him and got rewarded with a home run. He’s in a good spot” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s going to be with us sooner rather than later,” External link

wcvb Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got that one and probably on Wednesday, most likely, Alex (Verdugo) will get an off day,” “Trying to get Xander (Bogaerts), but you know how he gets. Right now it’s a no” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 11:06:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I know there’s other guys who are going to come back from injuries but to come back from this is amazing, and he did an outstanding job in spring training getting ready,” “You can see the swings. He looks like he’s the same guy as two years ago” External link

baltimoresun Monday, April 5, 2021 1:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s good to see him start off this way,” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 8:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll know after the game what we’re going to do with him. Everything went well yesterday. It was kind of like Day 1 for him in terms of preparation. Everything is trending that he’ll be with us, like I’ve been saying, sooner rather than later” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 8:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s part of what we planned in the first week,” “Get everybody involved and not push guys too hard. We’re coming out of spring training and all of the sudden you ask these guys to play six games in a row, especially not having the off day. That’s something I believe in” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 8:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Clean baseball, it’s always something I talk about,” “It’s not about the record. We were playing some clean baseball and we didn’t play clean baseball the first two days. Games like this are going to happen” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 6:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re not proud of what happened this weekend,” “We talk about playing good baseball against the division and playing good baseball at home, right? We didn’t this weekend” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 6:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got to show up,” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 6:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I still feel the same way I did about the team five days ago as right now,” “We have a good team but we still need to work on our stuff” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 6:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He should be the Comeback Player of the Year, regardless,” “He could hit .330 or .180, and he’s the Comeback Player of the Year already. I know there are other guys coming back from injury, but to comeback from that is amazing” External link

baltimore-cbslocal Monday, April 5, 2021 6:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "He should be the Comeback Player of the Year, regardless," "He could hit .330 or .180, and he’s the Comeback Player of the Year already. I know there are other guys coming back from injury, but to comeback from that is amazing" External link

foxnews Monday, April 5, 2021 12:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He should be the Comeback Player of the Year, regardless,” “He could hit .330 or .180, and he’s the Comeback Player of the Year already. I know there are other guys coming back from injury, but to comeback from that is amazing” External link

eagletribune Monday, April 5, 2021 12:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m not sure where he’s at in terms of (distance), but I know he started his throwing program when we left camp,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 4, 2021 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The doctors and the physicians feel like it’s small enough that we think with treatment and doing that, he should be fine,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 4, 2021 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “At that time we talked a little bit about it. I don’t know if we talked about it enough. Sometimes I wonder,” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, April 4, 2021 2:33:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “People are going to say, ‘Ah, stick to sports or stick to this or stick to that.’ You know what? At the end, when this is over, we’ve got a life and we have kids,” “We’re trying to make decisions based on what’s important for us but at the same time decisions based on what’s going on around us” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, April 4, 2021 2:33:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Defensively the two games, we haven’t been sharp,” “We’ve made some bad decisions. ... For us, it’s very important to play defense. The teams that play good defense, they win ballgames. And the first two games we haven’t done that” External link

masslive Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:51:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “One thing is to hit in Fort Myers. One thing is to hit here at Fenway and see the ball travel to left field,” “And he saw it (in BP). And hopefully that’s the hitter we’re going to get: Somebody that can drive the ball to left field and whenever they hang something in the strike zone, he can pull it for power. He’s been great so far in the training room, in the weight room. He’s following our lead. He knows there are some question marks about his health and all that. He’s put in the work and he’s in a good spot right now” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 6:52:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a kid, as an individual, as a friend, very proud of him,” “He’s worked so hard to get to this point” External link

bostonglobe Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “And the last outing, he relaxed because he knew that he was pitching on Saturday,” “We keep talking about pitching, pitchability or stuff, or splitter or slider or sinker or fastball. At the end of the day, it’s what you do to harness your emotions to go out there and compete. And he’s still developing. He’s still learning. It was a good learning experience for him in spring training. How to control his windup, his emotions. Not trying to impress people, which I think he tried to do with velocity. I like the pitcher. I like the person. And we’re very excited he’s going to pitch for us tomorrow” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 1:26:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We have to play better, that’s the bottom line,” “For X or Y reasons, the last two years have been tough. There’s more than that. There’s the division. There’s Tampa and the Yankees. There’s playing better at home. There’s a lot of stuff that we have to do better for us to be in the conversation. We have to do it. We haven’t been good at home for a while” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We have to dominate at home,” “Good teams do that and we believe we have a good team” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He went four. He’s good,” “He felt great on the mound. Everything went fine. Obviously, we’ll wait for tomorrow when he comes in. He’ll go through the testing and all that. The hope is for him to be with us, like I said, sooner rather than later” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re not going with a six-man rotation,” “We’re pitching him tomorrow, then obviously the circumstances will dictate what happens with him in the future. Just give him the ball tomorrow, go five or six (innings), do the things he did in the and we’ll be happy with that” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s something I didn’t miss last year,” “He’s a good pitcher. He has good stuff. The ball was moving. He had a good changeup. He was in control of the whole situation” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 3:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m blessed, to be honest with you, just to get a chance to be back at this level and do the things that I love,” External link

bostonglobe Saturday, April 3, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The pitch count was getting where it felt like it just makes sense before the start that that was it for him,” “We’ve got to make sure. He’s pitching on regular rest the next one. So you’ve got to think now and think ahead. Andriese is a guy that he gets groundballs. He walks Mancini. He gets a groundball after that, we make an error and then obviously they score two. That was where we were pitching-wise, pitch-count wise. So we felt comfortable with him (Andriese) going in that situation” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He was good. He was in control,” “Good split today. That was probably his best split-fingered fastball since he got here. That was a plus. For him to get his feet wet at a big-league level was fun to watch” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I love this city. I love it,” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 11:10:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Very excited. I’m blessed to be honest with you,” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 8:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “It’s not only a special day for me,” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 8:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t know if it was meant to be that we didn’t played yesterday,” “We were able to watch a lot of people play around us — the kids that were here a few years ago and helped us to win a World Series. But it was a reminder that they’re not here anymore. And for us to get to where we want to go, we have to turn the page and we’ve got to play better. And we have to do it with the group we have and the group that will be here in the future” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 8:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I know it’s not going to be a packed house but to play in front of your family, it’s going to mean a lot to these players,” “I can’t even imagine how it was last year not playing in front of your family, your friends and obviously the fans” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 8:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Just watching him pitch the last [spring game] and him knowing the situation, you can tell he breathed,” “He was in control, just throwing his sinker and four-seamer and slider. That was a good lineup, too. And there were some bad swings, but I think it was kind of like the comfort level” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 12:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s not that he was uncomfortable early on, but he was trying to do more,” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 12:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Those are the things that kind of, like, slow down the decision [on a closer],” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 12:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m lucky to be here,” “One day, two days, three days... I really don’t care, to be honest with you. I know there are a lot of guys who are very excited, but I think it’s for the best. Tomorrow will be a better day weather-wise. The fans can really enjoy it. We can go out and enjoy it, too” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 4:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I talked to both guys and they’re going to be very important in the eighth and ninth,” “I do feel like the structure has suffered with that guy (Brasier) in the seventh. I don’t want to handicap them mentally or physically, like ‘Hey, you’ve got the ninth or you’ve got the eighth.’ Talking to both of them, they know they’re going to get important outs in the last two innings” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 4:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m pretty sure where we want to go as a team and they know it, too. It’s just a matter of, I don’t want to just say ‘This is the closer’ and then there’s three outs we can get before and I handcuff myself doing that,” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 4:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a kid, as an individual, as a friend, very proud of him,” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 4:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think the season will dictate how we end up,” “I think we tried everybody in spring training and it seems like we like everything about it. As of now, it’s still, quote-unquote a work in progress, but knowing on a daily basis, we’ll be solid in the outfield” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 4:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Just watching him pitch the last [spring game] and him knowing the situation, you can tell he breathed,” “He was in control, just throwing his sinker and four-seamer and slider. That was a good lineup, too. And there were some bad swings, but I think it was kind of like the comfort level” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 3:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s not that he was uncomfortable early on, but he was trying to do more,” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 3:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Those are the things that kind of, like, slow down the decision [on a closer],” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 3:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Just watching him pitch the last [spring game] and him knowing the situation, you can tell he breathed,” “He was in control, just throwing his sinker and four-seamer and slider. That was a good lineup, too. And there were some bad swings, but I think it was kind of like the comfort level” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, April 1, 2021 10:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s not that he was uncomfortable early on, but he was trying to do more,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, April 1, 2021 10:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It's nothing long term. It’s just we ran out of time to build him up,” “The hope is that he will be able to join us sooner than later, and sooner is next week” External link

eagletribune Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:55:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I was just thinking the last three innings just watching those kids play, I think this organization is in a good spot,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:08:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Now with his swing, knowing that he knows boundaries of the strike zone up, now we have to make sure, ‘Hey, we can drive pitches in the zone,’” “So he’ll work on that. And I’ve been saying all along, it takes more than 26 guys to win this thing. Because you’re on the Opening Day roster, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be here the whole season. There’s circumstances and injuries and other stuff, especially nowadays. ... He needs to be ready. Not only him. All those kids down there” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll talk to him today,” “He did an up-and-down yesterday late. It was actually three up-and-down innings. We’ll talk to him today. There’s a chance he’ll pitch Sunday or Monday. We’ll decide how he feels. We’re not going to push him. He’ll let us know how he feels and we’ll go from here” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 8:24:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Today we’re going with a different lineup,” “Early in camp, I said I was going to stay away from moving Alex to left field but we want to see how this one works with Enrique (Hernández) in center, Hunter (Renfroe) in right and Alex in left” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 7:27:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We talked about it yesterday and everybody agreed who we’re going with,” “And in the end, like I’ve been saying it all along, I said it in ‘18, ‘19, it takes more than 26 guys to win a World Series. Whoever goes to Triple A or the alternate site, they’re going to have to contribute throughout the season. That’s the most important thing” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6:32:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s a pretty good chance,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6:32:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “To have him around is amazing,” “It’s a year from the surgery. And for him to go with the team, be up there, he’s a leader. He’s been in meetings. He’s been in bullpens. He’s going through his progression. And he feels great about where he’s at. Not perfect, obviously. But for him being around us, it means a lot. And I know it means a lot to him” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 5:08:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He got cleared by the committee,” “I don’t know about the details. I’m just happy he’s going to be back with us and we’re going to be at full strength in a few days” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 11:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Having the whole crew together is beneficial, obviously,” “It was very fast the first day (Saturday), in the early part. It seems like it slowed down right away when we got on that bus to go to Bradenton. The guys did a good job staying the course and doing their work. There were no distractions and then we got good news” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 11:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s too soon to make a decision, it’s too soon to know where they’re at,” “I’m just happy they’re going to be with us. That’s the most important thing” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 11:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Whatever decision we make is based on the timeframe,” “If he can’t go, it’s something that it’s just a few days. So roster-wise, you have to be smart about it. We’ve had discussions already about this. We’ve got our 40-man roster right now and if it’s something short-term, then we’re not going to take people out of the (40-man) roster for three or four days. Obviously we’ve got some capable guys on our 40-man roster that can help us out. So probably that’s where we’ll go if we have to miss him just for a few days” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 8:37:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re running out of time,” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 7:39:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Comfort with the mask, the stitches. The plan is to take them off actually on Opening Day,” “We feel comfortable but at the same time, he actually has to do some tests on Wednesday with the eye doctor. So it’s one of those where we’re not 100% sure he’ll be there but there’s a pretty good chance he’ll play on Thursday” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 5:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "There's a good chance that some of these guys will be able to be there for us for opening day," External link

wcvb Monday, March 29, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora declined : "The morning, yesterday, was a tough one, but I think we're in a better spot than we were early yesterday." External link

wcvb Monday, March 29, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I just want to stay away from names," External link

wcvb Monday, March 29, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "There's a good chance that some of these guys will be able to be there for us for opening day," External link

wcvb Monday, March 29, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I just want to stay away from names," External link

wcvb Monday, March 29, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "He is going to be OK, he's going to be healthy and he's going to help us out whenever he's ready," External link

wcvb Monday, March 29, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Franchy got a good pitch to hit, a changeup over the heart of the plate and put a good swing on it,” “We know he can do that” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 12:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There was a groundball yesterday (Saturday) that came up and he got hit with it,” “Actually, thank God it hit his hand. If not, it was going to hit square on his face. So we’re just being precautious. We’ve got three more days here. If it’s a regular season game, he’s ready to play” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 12:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Everything is the same as this morning,” “We’re going through the protocols, the guidelines, everything. And so far, it’s been OK. It’s been better than yesterday. So that’s all I can give you” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 12:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Some guys have to step up. That’s the bottom line,” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 12:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Adam Ottavino ) : “It’s not (just) Barnsey. It’s not having Brasier either,” “That’s the whole thing about how to use people, when and all this early in the season. I trust Adam. I trust Matt in the eighth and the ninth inning. But we were one big piece short. Brasier, the way he threw the ball last year ... he’s very important. And that’s why the structure is different. It was probably going to be a work in progress early on because of where we’re at roster-wise and who’s available and who’s not. ... Some guys have to step up. That’s the bottom line. One guy is down, two guys are down, then somebody has to do the job. We have capable guys” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He feels great and there’s a good chance he will be with us Opening Day,” “Let’s see how he reacts out of this one. But everything is very positive with the way he has been able to bounce back. The game in Tampa, he hit a triple, he move around in the outfield. He’s in a good position” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 7:07:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As you know, it’s always good to beat the Pirates, especially in spring training,” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Everybody who was here was negative,” “We got the results throughout the day. Of course, there were people who stayed back. I’ll get those results, probably, on the way to Fort Myers” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We have a positive, but we did everything we’re supposed to do to keep moving forward,” “Everybody was nervous at one point, but when we went through the whole thing, the whole process, you feel better. We’re not out of it. You still have to wait for tonight and tomorrow and the next couple of days” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Still, the splitter is not a factor,” “We’ve got to get there. The slider was good and the fastball was good. It was a back-to-back for him. He pitched yesterday, too. It was a good one for him today and we’ll keep moving forward” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think, as far as the rules and everything that goes on as far as the virus, MLB and the teams, there’s a few things we have to make sure we go through the right channels to make decisions like that,” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “With the guidelines and the protocols, it’s a fire drill now,” External link

masslive Saturday, March 27, 2021 6:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going through the rules and days and all that,” “It’s Saturday. Opening Day is in (five) days if I’m not mistaken. Now, there’s testing on a daily basis with some of these guys. I don’t want to get into details, but there’s a chance that some of the guys who are in contact tracing might be able to be on the Opening Day roster. Some of them won’t. We just need to get more information throughout the day, communicate with MLB and the committee and go from there” External link

masslive Saturday, March 27, 2021 6:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "Like I told him yesterday, I said, ‘The way you throw the ball, the way your career is going, at one point in your career you will be an opening day starter — maybe more than once,’" External link

foxnews Saturday, March 27, 2021 4:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "He’s built up as far as the pitches and all that," "He’s ready to go. It’s just a matter of how we manage his week" External link

foxnews Saturday, March 27, 2021 4:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Like I told him yesterday, I said, ‘The way you throw the ball, the way your career is going, at one point in your career you will be an opening day starter — maybe more than once,’” External link

eagletribune Saturday, March 27, 2021 8:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s built up as far as the pitches and all that,” “He’s ready to go. It’s just a matter of how we manage his week” External link

eagletribune Saturday, March 27, 2021 8:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Like I told him yesterday, I said, ‘The way you throw the ball, the way your career is going, at one point in your career you will be an opening day starter — maybe more than once,’” External link

eagletribune Saturday, March 27, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s built up as far as the pitches and all that,” “He’s ready to go. It’s just a matter of how we manage his week” External link

eagletribune Saturday, March 27, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “One thing for sure: It’s a very slow pulse and that helps him out,” External link

masslive Saturday, March 27, 2021 12:29:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You saw him running the bases today. He hit that ball to center field,” “He moved around well in the outfield. It’s just about now how he’s going to feel tomorrow. It was a tough day today. It was hot. It was a slow-pace game. And for him to get his reps, it was good. But we’ll know more tomorrow. But it seems like he’s doing well” External link

masslive Saturday, March 27, 2021 12:29:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Good composure, good fastball, good breaking ball,” “He’s still young obviously. He hasn’t pitched at this level. But I saw it. Good body, too. Very loose. ... Great guy in the clubhouse. Knows what he needs to do to be prepared” External link

masslive Saturday, March 27, 2021 12:29:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “With the schedule the way it is, he won’t be able to post,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, March 26, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll see how it plays out for him to get back to the mound,” “There’s a lot of unknowns. Their bodies are going to let us know how we treat them” External link

ChinaPost Friday, March 26, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Like I told him yesterday, I said, ‘The way you throw the ball, the way your career is going, at one point in your career you will be an opening day starter — maybe more than once,’” “He took it as a professional,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, March 26, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s built up as far as the pitches and all that,” “He’s ready to go. It’s just a matter of how we manage his week” External link

ChinaPost Friday, March 26, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a great moment when you tell somebody that you’re going to be a big leaguer,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, March 26, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The organization did their homework and we decided to draft him. From there on, it’s up to him. He did everything possible to make the team, and I know he’s not going to stop,” “You can be a Rule 5 or a 10-year vet, but the way he threw the ball … he’s getting better and better” External link

ChinaPost Friday, March 26, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “With the schedule the way it is, he won’t be able to post,” External link

click2houston Friday, March 26, 2021 9:43:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "going into '20 he was supposed to be the opening day starter. Going into ’21 we announce it, and now he’s not”. Rodriguez was the most dependable member of the Red Sox rotation in 2019, winning 19 games despite pitching in the shadow of Cy Young winners David Price and Rick Porcello and seven-time All-Star Chris Sale. With Price and Porcello gone and Sale recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2020, Rodriguez inherited the role of ace. But he never made it to the mound. This year, he is crucial if the team is to have any hope of competing in the AL East. Cora said it was too early to tell if Rodriguez will need to start the season on the injury list. “We’ll see how it plays out for him to get back to the mound,” Cora said. “There’s a lot of unknowns. Their bodies are going to let us know how we treat them”. Cora said before Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays that Rodriguez pushed to make start the opener but the team took the decision out of his hands. “Like I told him yesterday, I said, ‘The way you throw the ball, the way your career is going, at one point in your career you will be an opening day starter — maybe more than once,’” Cora said. “He took it as a professional,” he said. “For him to accept it and think about the future — and not the first game of the season — is a testament to who he is”. Eovaldi started the opener in Rodriguez's place last year will do so again next week, Cora said. To prepare, he will have two more bullpen sessions before the team breaks camp in Fort Myers, Florida. “He’s built up as far as the pitches and all that,” Cora said. “He’s ready to go. It’s just a matter of how we manage his week”. Also Friday, Cora said the team said it told Rule 5 draftee Garrett Whitlock that he will make the opening day roster. The 24-year-old righty has struck out 12 in nine innings while allowing one run in four outings this spring. “It’s a great moment when you tell somebody that you’re going to be a big leaguer,” Cora said. “It’s priceless”. Whitlock did not pitch last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. But the Red Sox had seen enough of him through 2019 to take a chance on him in the Rule 5 minor league draft. (A player selected must remain on the roster the entire season or be offered back to his original team.) “The organization did their homework and we decided to draft him. From there on, it’s up to him. He did everything possible to make the team, and I know he’s not going to stop," External link

click2houston Friday, March 26, 2021 9:43:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I think it's just dead arm," "He didn't feel as strong as the previous outings arm-wise. Shoulder, arm, there's nothing specific there. ... He pushed hard for Thursday, but I think the smart thing from my end and from our end is to play it smart" External link

wsau Friday, March 26, 2021 7:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "It sucks for him because going into '20 he was supposed to be the Opening Day starter," External link

wsau Friday, March 26, 2021 7:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t want him to go out there and just swing just for the hell of it, you know, like have a plan,” External link

bostonglobe Friday, March 26, 2021 7:27:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Christian Vazquez ) : “Christian has to deal with something at home in Miami,” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 6:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He threw a live BP yesterday, so that was good,” “We’re waiting for him to come back and give us an update on how he feels and where he’s at physically. He feels like, toward the end of bullpens and live BPs, leg-wise, he’s not where he’s supposed to be. That’s obvious. That’s part of that. As far as the arm, he looked good yesterday. No soreness. He’s still obviously getting treatment for his hand and all that. Hopefully, he can keep building up and be with us sooner rather than later” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 6:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “With everything he has done throughout camp, not only on the field but the way he acts, the way he conducts himself, that adds to the equation,” “We were very pleased to tell him yesterday. We’re going to be careful with him, obviously. He’s a Rule 5 pick and he hasn’t pitched in a while. Everything we have seen has been good” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 5:29:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He could be a Rule 5 guy or a 10-year vet, but the way he threw the ball, you saw it,” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 5:29:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “It’s a great moment when you tell somebody that they’re going to be a big-leaguer,” “His reaction was priceless. It’s all about him. The organization did their homework and we decided to draft him. From there on, it was up to him and he did everything possible to make the team. I know he’s not going to stop trying to get better, studying the game and doing all the right things to get to the next level” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 5:29:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We feel like he should be okay,” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 5:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I was actually looking at a play and all of the sudden, I saw him down,” “There was a throw made, he had these big glasses and it hit the glasses and got him on the left cheek there” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 5:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t want him to go out there and just swing just for the hell of it, you know, like have a plan,” External link

bostonglobe Friday, March 26, 2021 3:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Coming in I wanted to see him at short and he’s been good at shortstop,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 25, 2021 11:03:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going to use a lot of guys, but obviously Kiké is going to play a lot of second base,” “I think he’ll end up playing second most of the time when we have the lead” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 25, 2021 11:03:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That play that Hunter made in the triangle, that was a nice play,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 25, 2021 5:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Franchy in the short period of time, although it’s still spring training, you can see a conscious effort of making contact, which will be great for him if he makes contact. He can do damage,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 25, 2021 5:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I said it in ‘18: where J.D. goes, Xander will follow,” “Obviously Xander is versatile enough that he can hit second. He can lead off. He can hit third. But as of now, I feel very comfortable with those two dancing together quote-unquote — and then Raffy hitting behind them” External link

masslive Thursday, March 25, 2021 5:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Coming in I wanted to see him at short and he’s been good at shortstop,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 25, 2021 3:44:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going to use a lot of guys, but obviously Kiké is going to play a lot of second base,” “I think he’ll end up playing second most of the time when we have the lead” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 25, 2021 3:44:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Somebody has to hit eighth; somebody has to hit ninth. If you look up and down our lineup, it just fits,” “I do believe this is a great way to maximize your lineup. If you are the opposition, there’s no breathing room with us” External link

ChinaPost Thursday, March 25, 2021 2:55:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a good lineup. It’s a complete lineup,” “It just so happens that our bottom guys, they hit for power” External link

ChinaPost Thursday, March 25, 2021 2:55:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s a few stretches during the year that we have to take a look at and decide if want to have a spot starter,” “And that’s something that happens every season. We do believe we’re in a good spot physically. We will keep talking to them. Communication is very important” External link

masslive Thursday, March 25, 2021 1:50:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Somebody has to hit eighth; somebody has to hit ninth. If you look up and down our lineup, it just fits,” External link

eagletribune Thursday, March 25, 2021 1:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a good lineup. It’s a complete lineup,” “It just so happens that our bottom guys, they hit for power” External link

eagletribune Thursday, March 25, 2021 1:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You can see him improving each outing,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:41:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was a positive step for him,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:41:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Bobby Dalbec ) : “Somebody has to hit eighth. Somebody has to hit ninth,” “And if you look up and down our lineup, it seems like it fits. It’s just a matter that those two guys will hit down there when Franchy is healthy with Bobby. It’s just the cards that we have. And you have to maximize your lineup. And I do believe this is a great way of maximizing our lineup” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 24, 2021 11:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Bobby Dalbec ) : “Even Franchy in the short period of time, although it’s still spring training, you can see a conscious effort of making contact, which will be great for him if he makes contact. He can do damage,” “And with Bobby, it’s just one of those where we will protect him. I think he’s protected in that spot. And if you are the opposition, there’s no breathing room with us” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 24, 2021 11:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a complete lineup. And it just happens that our bottom guys, they hit for power,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 24, 2021 11:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s who we are and that’s what we’re going to do,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Three in a row against (Tampa Bay), that’s one too many,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora told : “The way he’s progressing, putting his body in a position that he can hit line drives over the shortstop and he can line drives over the second baseman, honestly I don’t have to worry about him,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 24, 2021 5:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You can see him improving each outing,” External link

bostonglobe Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was a positive step for him,” External link

bostonglobe Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m proud that he’ll be the guy,” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I just wanted to make sure he was healthy enough,” “It’s not fair to tell him, ‘Hey, you’re going to be the guy,’ and all of a sudden he goes out there and can’t go three, four, or five [innings]. But that was really good today. He’s so sharp now, I wish his first start was April 1” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We needed him to step up,” “That Game 4 was the confidence-builder” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll have a better idea once he starts playing the outfield,” “There’s a chance. I feel better about it. But it won’t be fair to push him … We have to be cautious. We know the player” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If we move quickly this week there’s a chance,” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The positive is the stuff was better today. He feels strong,” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The defensive part of it is what caught my attention. Very detail oriented. He’s always asking questions. He has his own ideas,” “I knew about the power; I knew about the strength and the athlete. But his baseball I.Q, and the way he sees the game has impressed me” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Got a pitch in the zone and crushed it,” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s been away from the strike zone,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s done a good job. The first one, very efficient,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The walks, man. The walks are good,” “He walked yesterday in the last at-bat. He put a good swing on the first one (Sunday). That’s the key of every hitter, right? You control the strike zone” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “One thing I keep telling him, ‘We can work on mechanics and all that, but when you go out there, we have to compete,’” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “To have a different look, not only for lefties, I think for righties, too,” “It’s a good pitch. He threw it a few times throughout the years. In ‘19, he tried it. I don’t know if it was more of a changeup (then). It’s something he always talk about. He’s looking for ways to improve. And the fact that he’s been using it more in spring training is a good sign” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s a few stretches during the year that we have to take a look at and decide if want to have a spot starter,” “And that’s something that happens every season. We do believe we’re in a good spot physically. We will keep talking to them. Communication is very important” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got some capable guys who are not going to be with us at the big league level, but throughout the season, they might get involved,” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When we let him go, how far are we going to let him go?” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “Those things are going to come up throughout the season,” “But I think the most important thing is having communication with the player. How he feels about it. How he’s able to bounce back. When (does) his best stuff play? Pitching every other day, pitching every three days? Or going for four (innings) and not pitching for five (days)? So I’m learning the player. I’m learning about the pitcher. ... I do feel like he’s going to be a weapon for us. He’s going to be very important. We’ve just got to make sure we use him in the right spots” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Luis Castillo ) : “In spring training, I’ve been dropping names, comparing people,” “He reminds me of Luis Castillo from the left side. A guy that flies and he hits the ball the other way. ‘Try to throw me out at first.’ That’s what he’s doing. I’m glad that he was able to make it here, that we were able to invite him late. And you see the talent. But there’s a lot of work. There’s a lot of work to do from the left-handed swing to running the bases to making decisions in the outfield. But as far as like tools and talent, he’s a good one” External link

masslive Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve been talking about Nick (Yorke) and (Connor) Wong and all these guys (prospects) in the clubhouse and the dugout, how comfortable they are,” “Talk about somebody feeling comfortable in the dugout, it’s him. I mean, it seems like he’s been playing baseball for a while. You see the talent. ... Strong arm. He flies” External link

masslive Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He stick with me last year not surprisingly,” “Sometimes I thought about how people were going to treat him because of what I did. I don’t know. He never opened up about it. Obviously with no fans (because of COVID), it was different. But that was one of the things that bothered me throughout the whole thing — that people will point at him because of what I did. And that not fair. ... And hopefully he doesn’t have to hear stuff that is not about him. We’re different guys. And what I did, I did. He didn’t” External link

masslive Sunday, March 21, 2021 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “To see him today is going to be great,” “I haven’t seen Joey since Jan. 7, last year. So I’m looking forward to see him and catch up. Obviously we talk every day. But to see him is going to be cool” External link

masslive Sunday, March 21, 2021 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s everything for me. He’s my brother. He’s my father. He’s my best friend,” “He’s my dad. We never go into that — how proud or not proud he is. But one thing for sure, he was there. He was there the whole time. Throughout the process, just talking to me, checking on me. He was very important. Joey has been amazing for all of us. Yeah, my mom, she’s the greatest. The way she handled the whole process last year was eye-opening. I learned a lot from her. But talking to my brother and the way he handled things ... he really helped me out through this” External link

masslive Sunday, March 21, 2021 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll have a better idea once he starts playing the outfield,” “There’s a chance. I feel better about it. But it won’t be fair to push him … We have to be cautious. We know the player” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, March 21, 2021 1:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If we move quickly this week there’s a chance,” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, March 21, 2021 1:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The positive is the stuff was better today. He feels strong,” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, March 21, 2021 1:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Chris Sale ) : “Lucky us, (Sale) donated a lot of money to the program so he had his own suite there,” External link

masslive Saturday, March 20, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll have a better idea as soon as he starts playing the outfield,” “He played in that ‘B’ game. He felt fine. There’s a chance. I feel better about it but it won’t be fair to push him. He’ll probably get two at-bats -- maybe three -- depending on the action. If he plays the outfield in two days, it seems like it’s possible. We’ve just got to make sure he plays the outfield” External link

masslive Saturday, March 20, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “From the first bullpen, it caught my eye,” “It was like, ‘Wow, this is good stuff.’ The more he pitches, the better he feels. It’s not about getting guys out. It’s about the other stuff. The tempo was great today. Holding runners, he was good. Besides that, he’s such a good kid that we’re very happy for him with the way he has performed and we’re very proud. We have a good one” External link

masslive Saturday, March 20, 2021 3:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s healthy, which is the most important thing,” “He’s hungry to compete. He hasn’t been able to compete in a while. He has bought into the concepts of the things we do here and he’s executing. He’s very talented” External link

masslive Saturday, March 20, 2021 3:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The defensive part of it is what caught my attention. Very detail oriented. He’s always asking questions. He has his own ideas,” “I knew about the power; I knew about the strength and the athlete. But his baseball I.Q, and the way he sees the game has impressed me” External link

bostonglobe Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:14:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Got a pitch in the zone and crushed it,” External link

bostonglobe Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:14:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll see how he feels,” “The concern is playing him too much right away in the outfield. We know about his history with injuries so we have to be careful with that. As far as at-bats, he probably has more at-bats than (Michael) Chavis, who’s leading the team with (33). We feel comfortable with that” External link

masslive Friday, March 19, 2021 5:37:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s just a matter of that we have to be careful with his workload,” External link

masslive Friday, March 19, 2021 5:37:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t know if he’s going to be able to be in games,” External link

masslive Friday, March 19, 2021 5:37:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “There have been a few guys (pitchers) that have been wild, right?” “But little by little, it seems like we’re doing a better job attacking the zone, not walking people. So it’s been good. I’m very pleased with the way we’ve been doing things. But we still have to get better and we know that. This is not only in spring training but throughout the season” External link

masslive Friday, March 19, 2021 5:06:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Yeah, there’s always a chance,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 8:29:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He had a great season in ’19. Last year he wasn’t able to pitch for obvious reasons,” “What he’s shown now, he’s healthy and he’s ready to go. … It was just a matter of time” External link

virginislandsdailynews Thursday, March 18, 2021 3:34:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As far as running, he’s getting close but not ready for the game,” “Hopefully, Friday, we have more where he’s at physically. The way things are trending, I’m not going to be surprised if he’s playing on the field (for Grapefruit League games) by Monday” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Yeah, there’s always a chance, but we’re not going to push him,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s night and day where he’s at emotionally, so I’m happy for him,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Having them is another set of eyes, another voice,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s one of the best out there,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Coming into camp, I knew it. I had an idea,” “I just had to make sure he was healthy enough. It’s not fair to tell him, ‘Hey, you’re going to be the guy’ and then all of the sudden he can’t go three, four or five (innings). But that was really good today. He’s so sharp right now I wish his next start was April 1” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The next time he threw a bullpen, he didn’t even want to talk to me because I was hard on him with the media,” “I said it and he took it personally. He understands. He understands I’m going to push him. That’s what I’m here for. That’s my job” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m not surprised because he puts the work,” “He’s mature. He always listened to his big brothers in ’18 and ’19 and those guys have a lot to do with what’s going on” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Right now, he has everything on point,” “We’re very happy he’s able to compete and I’m proud he’ll be the guy on Opening Day” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “His impact on the court is amazing but off the court, off the charts, right?” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 7:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “When they start comparing people like (Tom) Brady and Michael (Jordan), and all the great ones, the people who have been able to see him grow as a player, as a person, it’s unreal what he does,” “It’s like he gets better not only on the field but also off the field. From afar, a big fan” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:07:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If Franchy (Cordero) can play the outfield, they’re a very similar build,” “If Franchy can play the outfield, I think he can play the outfield, too” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:07:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s still working, getting better,” “From the get-go today, it was a grind today as far as his release point. His stuff was still there, but we need to pound the strike zone with his stuff. That’s the most important thing and he knows it” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s always on balance and knows what he wants to do for such a young guy,” “So it’s been fun to watch him perform” External link

bostonglobe Wednesday, March 17, 2021 3:21:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “It has been fun to watch him perform, obviously, with the delay he had,” “You can see all the things people have been talking about this kid. He’s a good hitter” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s a calmness about him that managers like,” “And we’re very happy. Last year, he was part of the big trade, and I bet everything was going so fast for him. And now for him to slow everything down, and being able to work, it’s a testament of who he is as a person, as a player. And obviously he’s somebody that we’re counting on in the future” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s what makes this group a solid one, because we have options,” “We do believe whatever route we take, it’s going to be a good one. Also, we’re going to have people who are capable of stepping in whenever we need them” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:27:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We feel comfortable, and from Day 1, we’ve said it,” “The difference is we’re deeper this year than in previous years and that’s a testament to where we’re at as an organization and what we did during the off-season” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:27:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I saw him pitch last year and I noticed that he was throwing 92 or 93 (mph), if I’m not mistaken,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll make a decision before we take off,” “I’m not saying this week but we’ll know before we leave to Boston. We’re going to have some rehearsal games ... toward the end. We have an idea of how we’re going to do it. But as far as the players, they’re just going about their business, getting ready” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He pounded the strike zone the whole time,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got a B-game against the Twins on Wednesday,” “So Franchy can get a lot of at-bats there. ... In the next three days, Franchy is going to be able to get plenty of at-bats. Hopefully, he comes out of it healthy and feeling ready to play” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We don’t feel it’s oblique related,” “it was a bruise. So hopefully treatment tomorrow and be ready to play in two days” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “J.D. (Martinez) is part of the equation,” “Marwin (Gonzalez) we’ll start getting more repetitions in left field. I think that’s where we’re at. I know Enrique (Hernandez) can play it but I feel like the way we’re going to use him is more in center field and second base” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He threw some sliders that were good today. The fastball had life,” “He was around the strike zone. Obviously it’s not what we want but at the same time, it’s his second outing. There’s an adjustment period. And we know it’s not as easy as people think. One thing I like, he had to compete right away, right? Tough situation and he got the two strikeouts” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “All that stuff comes into play,” “We’re doing everything possible to make him feel comfortable and he is” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He showed up two days ago and it looked pretty bad,” “Right away we sent him to the hospital and they’re taking care of that. There had to be something there before when he played but he didn’t feel anything. He wasn’t in pain. You saw him move around. He moved well and then the next day he showed up with it” External link

masslive Monday, March 15, 2021 5:41:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s hard for us to slow him down,” “That’s who he is. When he gets to the ballpark, everything is at full speed. We understand that and we have to live with it. He’s in a great spot physically. He has made some adjustments in the off-season and you see it. It’s full blast from the get-go. That’s who he is and we’re not going to change him” External link

masslive Monday, March 15, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “They checked him and it seems like he’s okay,” “They’re going to obviously wait for him tomorrow and see how he feels at night. We’ll have more tomorrow” External link

masslive Monday, March 15, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “We can’t say it’s an oblique injury or just a bruise,” External link

masslive Monday, March 15, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “You can see the approach at the plate,” “He makes great swing decisions. Defensively, he struggled (one) day but besides that, he has been solid and he has been good. He learned a lot last year working with (minor-league coach Bruce Crabbe) as far as defense, his set-up and his pre-pitch. He took all that into camp. I’m very happy with him. We just need him to keep working, keep getting stronger. I think that’s going to help him out. He’s a good, solid player” External link

masslive Monday, March 15, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It wasn’t something that needed surgery but obviously it needed time,” External link

masslive Sunday, March 14, 2021 5:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Big day for him yesterday as far as running and all that,” External link

masslive Sunday, March 14, 2021 5:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “We’re going to try to get him into games,” “The rules have changed as far as re-entry and playing nine innings and all that. In a seven-inning game, you can do whatever you want. In a nine-inning game, it’s more like the regular season. We’ll see how we do it. He’ll still have at-bats in the simulated games. Hopefully, we can DH him a few times during the week and see where he’s at. Physically, a lot better than we thought he was. That’s a great sign” External link

masslive Sunday, March 14, 2021 5:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We want him to be aggressive in the strike zone with his cutter,” External link

masslive Sunday, March 14, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We haven’t see him much but athletic. It seems like all these guys that are new in the organization, they are very athletic,” “Tall kid who is willing to work. Good defender” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Velocity-wise, that was good to see,” “His changeup is a good pitch and this is a guy that we like as a starter and we’re going to keep stretching him out. When he gets to the big leagues, that’s where he’s going to contribute” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve just gotta make sure running-wise he is where we want him to be because of obviously the time off and his history,” “He’s doing everything on the field. But we’ve got to make sure defensively we take care of him” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “We feel comfortable where he’s at,” “Honestly from my end, I thought he was going to be more behind. But that’s not the case” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You saw the stuff in the last two innings,” “That’s who we’re betting on. This guy, stuff-wise, is one of the best in the league and he should be fine. Physically, he’s in a great place. Mechanically, he has been working hard between starts and today we saw the results” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 5:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Hunter Renfroe ) : “I do believe (Verdugo) and (Renfroe), those two are pretty solid,” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 5:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll have a solid outfield trio on a nightly basis but you’ll see moving parts,” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 5:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Xander Bogaerts ) : “Obviously, Xander has some ideas; we probably have some others,” “The goal is for him to be ready for opening day. On that one, we are probably on the same page” External link

eagletribune Saturday, March 13, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This is just about getting his feet wet, getting his repetitions. Forget the results. It’s about the process. We saw it,” “He wasn’t able to get out of the inning, but that doesn’t matter. We’re just happy that he’s here” External link

eagletribune Saturday, March 13, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As an industry, and I lived it last year just watching from afar, there’s certain days it’s tough to watch,” “I’ve just gotta be honest. Strikeouts, walks and homers. Especially in the regular season. In the playoffs, we don’t care. Whoever sits there to watch a playoff game and complains about a five-hour game, he doesn’t like baseball. Because I don’t think you’re watching a playoff game looking at your watch. You watch it because you really like it. But in the regular season, it was tough to watch” External link

masslive Friday, March 12, 2021 8:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “They’re doing an amazing job talking to managers, obviously front offices and asking what we need to do,” External link

masslive Friday, March 12, 2021 8:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re trying to get the fans back to the game and throwing strikes, keeping the ball in the ballpark. And doing the other stuff, I think it’s a good way to do it,” External link

masslive Friday, March 12, 2021 8:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I want him to concentrate in the infield and concentrate on his swing,” External link

masslive Friday, March 12, 2021 2:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I can’t answer you that question but obviously he’s in the mix,” External link

masslive Friday, March 12, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For a sim game, you can see the fastball,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 11, 2021 10:15:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This concept that he only hits lefties is not true,” “I think he can hit righties. If you look at his numbers in 2018, he’s been actually better against righties. ... So just given the opportunity to face righties is going to help him out” External link

masslive Thursday, March 11, 2021 7:59:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “So there’s plenty of at-bats for him and those guys to catch up,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 11, 2021 7:59:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That was his best game so far in spring training,” “It’s good to see him smiling. When he does that, you know good things are going to happen” External link

masslive Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Hopefully, he can take a few more rounds during the week,” “He’s dying to at least DH in a few games. Hopefully, he can do that over the weekend but we’ll see how it goes first with batting practice” External link

masslive Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going to give him the ball in clean innings and he’s going to face lefties and righties,” “I’m not saying we’re not going to bring him in with traffic, but it’s not going to be a one-hitter thing. We will ask for more and he knows it and he’s comfortable with it” External link

masslive Thursday, March 11, 2021 3:21:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It has to start at one point,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 11, 2021 3:21:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I saw him pitch last year and I noticed that he was throwing 92 or 93 (mph), if I’m not mistaken,” “With his movement, I thought that was good enough. But now, you see 96, 97 (mph) and it’s eye-opening” External link

masslive Thursday, March 11, 2021 2:23:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think we’ve been through that road as an organization for the last 15 years,” “We’re considering him as a starter” External link

masslive Thursday, March 11, 2021 2:23:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I had a conversation with a very important person in my life, and I told her, ‘There’s a good vibe here. There’s something cool going on here,’” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 12:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For a sim game, you can see the fastball,” “It has good spin on it, good velocity. The split should be good. It should play” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 10, 2021 12:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As far as player development. Giving them all the tools that can make them better is very important,” “Not only in Triple-A, but in the Dominican, the academies all the way to the Big League. For us to have a good Triple-A Stadium with all the stuff that they need is a plus for the organization” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s something we’re going to talk about in the upcoming days, but obviously, we’re not going to rush him,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 9, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Still waiting on one more step out of this process,” “He’s here, he’s with the group. He cannot join the group on the field but not because of us. Somebody has to approve it, so we’re just waiting on that” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 9, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You’ve got to see this kid, it’s impressive,” “But he hasn’t been able to do too much the last week, to be honest with you. We’ve got to be careful. Hopefully, we can get the green light today. It’s going to be catch up but I do believe we still have time for him. If it takes longer, then we’ll have to regroup and see what we can do” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 9, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going to take it easy with him,” “He hasn’t done a lot in the last week or week and a half. The fact he’s here is a positive for us. We’re going to start building him up and let’s see if we can get him some at-bats in big-league camp. We need to make sure we do the right thing with him” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 9, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s going through his progression,” “He’s taking ground balls and playing catch. He started swinging the bat this week” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 9, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s a utility guy, so he throws from different angles and different positions,” “We’ve got to make sure his arm strength is there” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 9, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s very important that everyone understands that Triple A baseball is important to what happens at the big league level. For people to see that, it’s a reminder when you go into the ballpark there’s going to be someone there who is going to contribute to us winning a World Series,” “You’re not just going there to just see a baseball game. It might be the future of the Red Sox. ... That’s a good reminder, not only for the fans but for the players too. When you drive in and you see it, you’re like ‘let me keep working hard to accomplish my dreams, first to make it to the big leagues, then to win a World Series. That’s a nice touch. I like it” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 9, 2021 7:00:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Obviously we have to make adjustments,” “We’re getting to know the individual. It’s a different delivery … but overall we’re good with the stuff” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 9, 2021 12:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “They found something medically that we have to take care of,” “It’s not baseball-related. It’s actually personal. I’ll leave it at that. We’re hoping that everything is fine. He’s in Boston right now going through all that stuff” External link

bostonglobe Monday, March 8, 2021 7:24:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going to move around,” External link

bostonglobe Monday, March 8, 2021 7:24:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Marwin Gonzalez ) : “Offensively and defensively, (Marwin) is going to help us,” “The fact he’s a switch-hitter who can play all over the place, we were talking about him from the get-go. Right-handed, he can pull the ball — we saw it in 2018 in the playoffs — and can do damage from that side. From the left side, when he’s laying off that breaking ball, he becomes a good hitter” External link

masslive Monday, March 8, 2021 2:12:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Dave Bush ) : “That’s what matters right now,” “Obviously, we have to make adjustments. We’re getting to know the individual. It’s a different delivery. There are some things that (pitching coach Dave Bush) has noticed in the two outings, so it’s just a matter of keep working hard. Overall, we’re good with the stuff. Obviously, he doesn’t like the walks and we don’t like the walks. Just keep building and getting ready for opening week” External link

masslive Monday, March 8, 2021 4:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “For me, with Garrett, it’s about health,” “You see the velocity, it’s up there. His breaking ball was outstanding today, which is good. Some of them take longer than others and right now he’s fighting his mechanics” External link

masslive Monday, March 8, 2021 4:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We feel very comfortable with where he’s at right now,” “He told me, ‘April 1, I have to face this lefty throwing 95-96 (mph), I’m not going to be ready. I said, ‘You’ll be ready.’ There’s plenty of at-bats” External link

masslive Monday, March 8, 2021 4:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll see on that one, because it seems like it’s taking longer than expected,” External link

masslive Monday, March 8, 2021 4:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As of now, there’s a lot of people who are involved in this situation and people are feeling better the last few days,” External link

masslive Monday, March 8, 2021 4:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re doing a good job with the part that really matters, with the virus,” “We’ve been very disciplined. It’s a big day tomorrow, with the off day, so we’ve got to be careful as an organization to not get crazy and do stuff we’re not supposed to do” External link

masslive Monday, March 8, 2021 4:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Hopefully it rains and it’s cold tomorrow here and there’s no temptation of going to the beach or going to an outside restaurant or whatever,” “I’ll be praying for that tonight” External link

masslive Monday, March 8, 2021 4:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got stuff to work on,” “I’ve been telling them, for everything we’ve been talking about defensively, we’re leading the league in errors. We’ve got 11. Some of them are guys that are young and are part of the equation right now, but some of them from our guys at the big-league level. We need to correct that. We need to get better” External link

masslive Monday, March 8, 2021 4:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I saw what he did last year,” External link

masslive Monday, March 8, 2021 4:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s a guy that we rely on,” “He had a great season in ’19. Last year, before all my stuff happened, he was the guy I was thinking about being the No. 1, the Opening Day starter. I think Ron felt the same way until the virus thing and obviously the heart thing happened. He’ll be a guy we consider” External link

masslive Monday, March 8, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He needs to be honest with us,” “This is very important, and they’ve been honest with us, I think. Just making sure… it’s not about his arm, it’s about his body. We forget he had the ankle thing and the knee stuff. He needs to just be as honest as possible and we’ll keep moving forward” External link

masslive Monday, March 8, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s going through his progression throwing-wise,” “We saw him actually in the Dominican and we saw him a few weeks ago in Miami. And we’re comfortable where he’s at with his throwing progression. Obviously, he’s not a full-go in that aspect. But he’s building up, which is a positive for us” External link

masslive Sunday, March 7, 2021 6:40:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Obviously we have to be patient and see how he reacts,” “When you start talking about the UCL, obviously it’s something that we don’t feel comfortable, of course, because it’s the UCL. We’ve just got to be patient. And he has to be patient. He’s young enough that probably everything’s going fast for him right now. But he’s mature enough, too, to understand that these things happen over the course of your career. He did an amazing job in the offseason to get in shape and get his arm where it’s supposed to be. It’s an obstacle in his career. But we do feel like he’s going to bounce back and he’s going to be OK” External link

masslive Saturday, March 6, 2021 6:22:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When they give you that call about Bryan, you’re getting to know the kid and everything that he went through in the offseason, how much he worked, and you see the talent, it’s a tough one,” “But understanding that’s part of the business, right? That’s the tough part of it. You have to keep moving on knowing that our medical staff is going to take care of him and that he’s going to be part of this equation in the future and he’s going to be a big part of us in the future. You understand that but it’s tough” External link

masslive Saturday, March 6, 2021 6:22:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about error ) : “That’s the thing about Michael,” “He needs to understand he can hit the ball out of the ballpark anywhere. It doesn’t have to be pull side. For him to be able to get that big hit, I know that means a lot. He was very upset at his error two innings earlier. For him to come up in that situation, that’s actually good for him” External link

masslive Saturday, March 6, 2021 4:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s only one appearance behind those guys so he should be okay,” External link

masslive Saturday, March 6, 2021 4:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The hope is he’s going to join us sooner rather than later,” “It seems like things are trending in the right direction” External link

masslive Saturday, March 6, 2021 4:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Just like the other kids, to be able to have him here, work out with us and learn the game,” “Hopefully, he can get some at-bats and see what he can do. This is the first time I’ve seen him. Strong kid. Strong. Looking forward to him to go out there and learn from the guys. It should be fun to see him run around the bases” External link

masslive Saturday, March 6, 2021 4:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re not going to have a set lineup and we’re going to have moving parts the whole season,” “These guys defensively, wherever you put them, they’re average or above average, so that’s going to make it easier for us to do this” External link

bostonglobe Saturday, March 6, 2021 3:34:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Things are trending in the right direction, which is great,” External link

bostonglobe Saturday, March 6, 2021 2:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I was happy he was able to compete at this level,” “More than happy he went 2 ⅔. To be able to compete, to repeat his delivery. The good thing about Eddie is that it’s very simple with him delivery-wise. Like I used to tell (the media) in ’19, this is a guy we trust can go deep into games and his pitch count can get up there” External link

masslive Saturday, March 6, 2021 1:50:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He threw yesterday. He’s throwing again today,” External link

masslive Friday, March 5, 2021 7:29:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s the nature of the business,” “We have our plans for this year and we have our plans for the upcoming years. Like I’ve been saying all along, we have a good team. Guys come and go. They contribute, then they go somewhere else. That’s been happening in baseball forever. Yeah, we’re going to miss them. From my end, you miss the player on the field, but you miss the person, which is the most important thing” External link

masslive Friday, March 5, 2021 7:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “I think the real value is right field,” “We know it. Alex can do that. Alex can play center field and Hunter Renfroe can play right field. Enrique Hernández can play center, he can play right field. You guys know the versatility. You guys see the roster. One thing for sure, on a daily basis, we’re going to match up with the opposition and have the best lineup possible. And we will play defense” External link

masslive Friday, March 5, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I do believe all these guys — Franchy (Cordero), Hunter, Alex, Enrique — when needed, they can play center field,” “I won’t use Marwin (Gonzalez) in center. We’ll use him in the corners, in left and right, and in the infield” External link

masslive Friday, March 5, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Bobby Dalbec ) : “I do believe he was out of his delivery. He rushed a little bit and he was all over the place,” “Just like the other guys, this is about repetitions and getting their work in. And he did in a different fashion, right? But I’m glad that he’s healthy. You can see the stuff. He was throwing 94, 95 (mph). Just like with Bobby (Dalbec), it’s one thing to see it on TV. It’s different to see it real. You see him on the mound and he looks like a real pitcher. He’s tall and lanky and explosive. So it was just a bad one for him but in a way that he got his pitches in and now he’ll move to his next one” External link

masslive Friday, March 5, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Most likely the progression will be another bullpen, a live BP and then game action,” “So hopefully, by the end of next week he’ll be on the mound” External link

masslive Friday, March 5, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll know more tonight or tomorrow,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 4, 2021 10:11:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Casas right now, he’s actually in Boston. They found something medically that we have to take care of,” “It’s not baseball related. It’s actually personal. I’ll leave it at that. We’re hoping that everything is fine. He’s in Boston right now going through all that stuff” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 4, 2021 9:33:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Casas right now, he’s actually in Boston. They found something medically that we have to take care of,” “It’s not baseball related. It’s actually personal. I’ll leave it at that. We’re hoping that everything is fine. He’s in Boston right now going through all that stuff” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 4, 2021 8:37:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Casas right now, he’s actually in Boston,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There was a slight delay in the Dominican for him to come here and a delay with baseball activities, so there’s some catching up to do,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I do believe there’s more there,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I challenged him to do the job up there and make me make a decision,” “Push me to make a decision” External link

masslive Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He has his own routine as far as not hitting outside,” “He doesn’t want to get caught up as far as not hitting the pull side homers. His process is very interesting and I enjoy talking to him. It’s nothing about lack of preparation or other things. He’s building up, it’s part of his program and I’m comfortable with it” External link

masslive Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “Getting to know Alex, as far as the swing is, he feels he’s not ready for action,” “He has been on the back fields facing a lot of guys. I told him not to rush” External link

masslive Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll check him again tomorrow and see how he feels,” “Probably a few days off, hopefully” External link

masslive Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “To see him around just working with us, that’s a good step,” “Now we’ll see what’s next. He has been working in Japan so he’s not that far off” External link

masslive Thursday, March 4, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “So we’ll have more (information) probably later tomorrow or early (Friday),” External link

masslive Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:23:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Just a little bit sore on the back side of the triceps,” “So we’re going to push him back, give him a few days of treatment. Right now, as it is, it’s nothing serious. But obviously if it takes longer, we’ll do what we have to do to check on him. He’s very important for us. So we’re making sure we slow it down the right way. And like I said, hopefully he can get on the mound sooner rather than later. I’ll have more probably after the game” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 3, 2021 6:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I saw him a few days ago in the batting cage and he’s lost some weight,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Ramón Vázquez ) : “Ramon and Carlos are moving the infielders, so we’ve got the young kids right next to them so they can actually see how it looks from our perspective and the spacing on defense,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Yairo, he crushed that pitch to right-center,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added ( about Jason Varitek ) : “I really like the fact that communication is No. 1 in his defensive game,” “You see him in the dugout talking to Jason (Varitek), to the pitchers. And for a young guy to be able to do that right now is eye opening” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He crushed that ball to right field,” “He did. And then the at-bat, the next one, it was a good swing up the middle” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll see how Kiké handles the leadoff spot up there,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 3, 2021 3:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The fact that he’s going to swing today, it looks like everything is trending in the right direction,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 3, 2021 3:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “J.D.’s not going to hit second for us this year,” “We tried the best hitter hitting second, too, in ’19. It didn’t work out early. Everybody was pointing at (Benintendi), that he was struggling as the leadoff hitter, but it just didn’t fit the flow that we had in ’18. We did it for the right reasons. You want your best hitter to get as many hits as possible with men on. We can talk about lineup configuration all we want but we’ll hit J.D. in the middle of the lineup and go from there” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 3, 2021 3:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He lifts, he sleeps, he eats and he plays baseball,” “I mean, that’s what he does. He enjoys it. It’s funny because we were talking about certain situations. With the third baseman back early in the count, with his speed, it would be good for him to drop a few bunts down just to get on base — and then he hits a home run. So he’s a lot stronger than what he was two years ago. He’s in tune with the game. And he’s going to keep developing and he’s going to be a good one” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 3, 2021 3:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The way we want to play, we want those good baserunners in front of him,” “When he hits the ball in the gap, they score from first. Hitting J.D. second was a decision the organization made last year, but for me, it’s like, ‘J.D. gets on base by a walk, it’s going to take a while for him to score.’ Nothing against him. He’s not getting paid to steal bases or score from first” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 2, 2021 11:15:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Andrew Benintendi ) : “Everybody was pointing at (Benintendi), that he was struggling as the leadoff hitter, but it just didn’t fit the flow that we had in ’18,” “We did it for the right reasons. You want your best hitter to get as many hits as possible with men on” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 2, 2021 11:15:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll see how it plays out,” “We have a lot of options with the people that we have. One thing for sure, it’s going to be a deep lineup. The top third is going to be very athletic, the middle of it is going to be all run-producers and the other ones are going to hit the ball out of the ballpark. We’re going to attack you in different ways with the same lineup which is intriguing. It should be cool to see” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 2, 2021 11:15:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You can tell the difference. There was a big margin between the fastball and the changeup,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 2, 2021 7:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was a good one yesterday,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 2, 2021 7:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He goes from the stretch and he’s looking at runners,” “And he prepares. That was really good. But velocity caught my eye yesterday” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 2, 2021 7:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “What gets my attention is his stuff,” “He’ll be one of our guys. And he should be a good one” External link

eagletribune Tuesday, March 2, 2021 3:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We shut him down for a little bit,” “He’ll be OK in a few days. We’ve just got to be patient. We got plenty of days, right? We’ve got what, 30 more days? So as of now, we do feel that he should be ready for opening day” External link

eagletribune Tuesday, March 2, 2021 3:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That was the highlight of the day, having that kid play,” “It’s funny because I told him before the game, ‘Hey, you’re playing second base.’ He’s like, ‘Ok, cool.’ I asked him, ‘Are you nervous?’ He’s like, ‘Nope.’ I said, ‘Ok, good for you.’ I was probably more nervous for him, so that’s a good sign” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We messed up some routine ground balls and routine plays,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s discouraging, but if it’s Xander (Bogaerts) and Enrique (Hernandez) and Raffy (Decers) kicking the ball around, it’s different,” “It’s just a bad game, we’ll keep working on it. It’s March 1. We’ll get better” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He got tested after the game,” “He felt OK. He felt it on one pitch, it was actually his elbow. As of right now, after the game, he felt no pain after he got tested (tomorrow)” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m actually happy he said that,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He made some strides offensively — that’s what everybody feels — last year,” External link

masslive Monday, March 1, 2021 10:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “He actually looks a lot better than what you see on TV,” “Better athlete, he can move. It’s up to him. He has been challenged his whole career. He was a top prospect. There were some roadblocks there with (Brandon) Crawford and (Joe) Panik while (the Giants) were winning championships. It hasn’t been easy but he feels very comfortable with the group and he’s going to have every chance to make this team” External link

masslive Monday, March 1, 2021 10:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a big spring for him, too,” “And he knows it. He knows the personnel that we have, the guys that we added and the versatility. But he can do those things too. When he punishes the ball, it can go a long way. He needs to become a better hitter” External link

masslive Monday, March 1, 2021 10:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Jason Varitek ) : “I was joking with Tek (Jason Varitek) that those two kids are making Chaim (Bloom) look smarter than a year and a half ago or whatever,” External link

masslive Monday, March 1, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s another guy that slows down the game,” External link

masslive Monday, March 1, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “A position player that’s a catcher now. It seems like it’s something they like on the West Coast with (Will) Smith and (Austin) Barnes,” “And this kid can do it, too. Good hands. Very smooth. And offensively, he understands what he can do. But I really like the fact that communication is No. 1 in his defensive game. You see him in the dugout talking to Jason (Varitek), to the pitchers. And for a young guy to be able to do that right now is eye opening. And it was fun to watch him perform yesterday” External link

masslive Monday, March 1, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s something about slowing down the game that it seems like it’s natural for him,” External link

masslive Monday, March 1, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “Two days ago, we were having that simulated game with Eduardo (Rodriguez) on the mound,” “And for how cool and smooth he is — somebody hit a rocket, I think it was Marwin (Gonzalez) — to his right and right away he dove for it. So it’s there. He gets it” External link

masslive Monday, March 1, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re gonna play him a lot just like Jarren (Duran),” “We want them to go out there and get their feet wet and see how the big league game is. It’s a different pace but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be too fast for him and that’s cool to see” External link

masslive Monday, March 1, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got to keep the versatility there,” “He’s a good defender at third base, he’s a good defender at first base. Raffy is going to need off days. We might put him there. We’ve got Marwin (Gonzalez), we’ve got Enrique (Hernandez). We’ve got Christian (Arroyo). We’ve got alternatives. But whenever I have a chance, especially here in spring training, for him to third base, he’ll play third base” External link

masslive Monday, March 1, 2021 8:20:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Jon Jay ) : “He (Otero) knows me from UM (Miami) so he knows the way I play defense and he talked great things about him (Downs),” “Actually, Jeter worked out with (major leaguer) Jon Jay, too, during the offseason. So I have a head start. I’ve got a good feel about him. But I want to see him. We’ve just got to let him play. Defensively, it seems like the game comes easy for him. Sometimes too easy and maybe that’s where he makes errors or the lack of concentration happens. First of all, we have to learn the player” External link

masslive Monday, March 1, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Still waiting for one more step from the training staff and the MLB office,” “And if we get the green light, then he’ll fly to the states. He’ll fly here and then he’ll have to go through the protocols” External link

masslive Sunday, February 28, 2021 9:08:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If we’re realistic, the guy with more experience is Sawamura, but we’re not going to do that,” “You’ve got to do it for the first time once. It’s all about stuff, it’s about structure and it’s about how we feel it fits for our team. When we make that decision, we’re going to feel very comfortable, not only in the ninth, but in the seventh and the eighth, and that’s important to me” External link

masslive Sunday, February 28, 2021 4:50:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m looking for structure this year,” “But the thing is structure is possible because we’ve got capable arms and we’ve got plenty of them” External link

masslive Sunday, February 28, 2021 4:50:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Today was one of those days I envisioned in the off-season,” “This is why I’m back. That was awesome today. We had machines everywhere, we were working on a lot of stuff. It was gratifying, to be honest with you” External link

masslive Saturday, February 27, 2021 3:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If you say a number, they say, ‘Oh, you’re not going to play me every day. But if you say eight out of 10, that’s a lot of games and that’s a lot of off days. They don’t do the math,” External link

masslive Saturday, February 27, 2021 3:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He put in work and you can see it physically,” External link

masslive Saturday, February 27, 2021 3:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The willingness to do anything for us, that’s what makes him special,” “I’m happy he’s with us as a coach” External link

masslive Saturday, February 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He will manage in the big leagues,” “He will. But it’s a process, and we talk about it. I think, with time, somebody’s going to give him a chance and he’s going to kill it. He’s going to be great” External link

masslive Saturday, February 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I have so much respect for him,” “We’ve got a friendship and we like each other and he has been amazing to me through the whole process. He was there for me” External link

masslive Saturday, February 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “He feels like he’s at an age that he needs to make adjustments body-wise,” “There’s a reason behind that and hopefully, he can feel fresh going into August, September” External link

masslive Friday, February 26, 2021 11:00:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I know for a fact that he takes it personal because Martin (Maldonado) has a Gold Glove. Roberto (Pérez) has two,” “Obviously Yadi, he’s the king of the Gold Gloves (from) the island. So it’s a position that since 1986 when Benito (Santiago) got called up with the Padres, we’ve been so consistent behind the plate. We’ve had so many good ones. And he wants to be in the conversation. He’s one of the most complete catchers in the big leagues. Offensively, he puts the whole package. But sometimes those awards are hard to come. ... He put in a good season last year. I think framing-wise he was good. Blocking-wise, throwing people out. Hopefully, people can recognize him this year and he can get one. I know he wants one” External link

masslive Friday, February 26, 2021 11:00:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’ve got a few ideas,” External link

masslive Friday, February 26, 2021 7:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I see him playing all over the place and getting at-bats,” “The fact that he’s a switch-hitter, it gives us balance as far as the roster” External link

masslive Friday, February 26, 2021 2:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Last year wasn’t a great year for him,” “But you look at ‘19, he hit the ball hard. He hit the ball hard with the Twins. We have a really good relationship. This is a guy that I trust. I know he can do a lot of stuff on the field, in the clubhouse and I’m happy he’s with us” External link

masslive Friday, February 26, 2021 2:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going to have a lot of moving parts,” “This roster gives us that flexibility. On a daily basis, we’ll take a look at it and go from there. We’re going to attack that day with the best lineup we can put (out)” External link

masslive Friday, February 26, 2021 2:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Physically you’ve got to be careful, too, moving people around,” “He can play center. He can play right. Last year, they settled with him in right field. Early in the season, he was playing left. But we’ll talk about it and we’ll make the decision later on in spring. One thing for sure: He’s a great defender. He’s a really good defender. It’s going to be very important wherever he plays in the outfield” External link

masslive Friday, February 26, 2021 12:43:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Defensively, it seems like the game comes easy for him,” External link

masslive Wednesday, February 24, 2021 3:37:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When he gets here, he’ll let us know where he’s at,” “He’s throwing in Japan, getting ready. Right now, he’s not behind. He has his throwing program. It’s just a matter of the traveling here and everything that goes with the virus” External link

masslive Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:26:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I still believe this guys is capable of doing damage,” “He’s a proud individual. Over the course of his career he’s proved people wrong. … It’s not going to be a surprise to me when he goes out there and produces the way he’s capable of” External link

highlandstoday Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "Now he's the older one," External link

chinadaily Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "We talked about a few things: expectations, trust, family environment. It was a good one," "To have the whole crew here, it's fun to see. It was a day we were waiting for, and now we can take off" External link

chinadaily Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "He's just a shortstop that hits .300, hits 30 and drives in 100," External link

chinadaily Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When you sign contracts like that, it comes with other expectations,” “It’s not only what you do at shortstop. It’s how you act in the clubhouse, what you do in the community, how people see you in Boston. There are no red flags with him” External link

masslive Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Now he’s the older one,” External link

eagletribune Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We talked about a few things: expectations, trust, family environment. It was a good one,” “To have the whole crew here, it’s fun to see. It was a day we were waiting for, and now we can take off” External link

eagletribune Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Xander Bogaerts ) : "This game is hard, especially if you’re going to play in Boston. It’s a pretty strong market that requires a lot of winning. “Last year was a pretty rough year for us in. ... I’m going to let guys know that the city expects winning at a high clip”. Bogaerts saw that in 2013, when he batted .296 with three doubles and a triple and helped the Red Sox win the World Series. Since then, he has made the All-Star team twice, including 2019, when he finished fifth in the AL MVP voting. In the pandemic-shortened season last year, he batted .300 with 11 homers, 28 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 56 games. “He’s just a shortstop that hits .300, hits 30 and drives in 100," External link

eagletribune Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “People know how I feel about Carlos (Correa), and Javy (Baez) and Francisco (Lindor),” “But I'm happy that Xander Bogaerts is my shortstop. I'm more than happy” External link

eagletribune Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I saw him today, walking around, talking to players, growing into the leader that I envisioned a few years ago” External link

masslive Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:35:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s not perfect. There’s not a perfect shortstop out there. But whatever he touches, he turns into outs,” “As far as range factor and all that, I think position comes into play, too. Not everybody uses the same information as far as positioning. ... He gets penalized but do you guys see him as a bad defensive shortstop? You probably don’t see that. He’s just a shortstop that hits .300, hits 30 (homers) and drives in 100 (runs). But he has his goal. For the athlete he is, we’re going to push him” External link

masslive Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:35:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “It was very good, very serious,” External link

masslive Monday, February 22, 2021 11:36:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Christian Vazquez ) : “Christian put work in the off-season,” External link

masslive Monday, February 22, 2021 11:36:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Christian Vazquez ) : “A lot of people thought when he was coming up or when he came to the big leagues that he was going to win a Gold Glove,” “That hasn’t happened yet. We want the complete package. We want the best version of Christian Vazquez over 162-plus. He put himself in a great position in the off-season” External link

masslive Monday, February 22, 2021 11:36:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We talk a lot, but we don’t talk baseball,” “We don’t talk about his situation. I talk about Emerson and the baby and how they’re doing. He asks about my family, and we keep it at that. Obviously, he’s a good player. He’s a guy that can help any team at the big league level to win ballgames. There’s more than just the manager and the player. There’s a relationship and I keep our conversations with that” External link

masslive Monday, February 22, 2021 10:36:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think tomorrow is the important one,” “Having the whole group and talking about what we’re planning on doing and how we’re trying to accomplish that” External link

masslive Monday, February 22, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora told : “J.D. got mad at me because I only bet one dollar a few months ago that he’s going to have a better season,” External link

usaToday Monday, February 22, 2021 2:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora told : “J.D. got mad at me because I only bet one dollar a few months ago that he’s going to have a better season,” External link

eagletribune Monday, February 22, 2021 2:09:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Jon Jay ) : “He (Otero) knows me from UM (Miami) so he knows the way I play defense and he talked great things about him (Downs),” “Actually, Jeter worked out with (major leaguer) Jon Jay, too, during the offseason. So I have a head start. I’ve got a good feel about him. But I want to see him. We’ve just got to let him play. Defensively, it seems like the game comes easy for him. Sometimes too easy and maybe that’s where he makes errors or the lack of concentration happens. First of all, we have to learn the player” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 11:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The way he turned double plays last year, that was eye-opening,” “He did an outstanding job. It seems like he can slow down the game defensively. He’s very versatile. Obviously this a guy that we like, that we count on. But at the same time, he still needs to develop. ... I just saw him. Physically, he’s a different body than last year. He looks great” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 11:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You have to put the ball in play, too,” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:52:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Although spring training is spring training, I would love to see him making contact, cutting the chase rate,” “If he does that, he’ll put himself in a good position” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:52:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He reminds me of Kevin Brown,” “And Garrett so far, he’s had a lot of injuries. We talk about his stuff and we’re comparing it with one of the best that we’ve seen” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Sinker. It’s just uncomfortable. You can see him in his windup, his stride is different,” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We just need him to be him,” “Stuff-wise, he’s one of the best. Just got to keep him healthy. We’ll roll him every five days out there and I do believe his stuff plays. He works hard at his craft. A lot of feedback right away with Bushy (pitching coach Dave Bush). We’re counting on him” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As always, his stuff is good,” “We’ve just got to make sure he stays healthy throughout. We’re going to keep paying attention to what he does. Looking forward to seeing him compete this season” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 5:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This is a guy who, I always thought, throughout his career, stuff-wise, was one of the best in the league,” “Obviously, he has been hurt, but what I saw last year with the Padres was eye-opening. I’m glad he’s with us. When we talked to him during the offseason and the process, he feels that there’s more. For how veteran he is, and his age, he hasn’t wasted too many bullets because he has been hurt” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 5:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s guy that has been hurt, but we knew at that time he was going to be okay,” “Stuff-wise, off the charts. He’s a good teammate, too. He was in a winning situation last year with the Padres and it is good to have him around” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 5:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Nick Pivetta ) : “I think it’s too early but (Pivetta) is a guy that I trust,” “I saw what he did last year. I’ve seen his body change and the work that he put in during the offseason. It’s only the third day of camp, but this is a guy we trust The organization did a good job last year, not only bringing him in, but (Connor) Seabold, too. That’s what it’s all about, bringing capable arms and guys and guys who not only can contribute this year, but in the upcoming years” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 5:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We talk a lot, but we don’t talk baseball,” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 2:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “So some of the guys are used to it,” “So when you come in, they take your temperature, you have to pick it up right there, put it in your pocket, walk around with it. I think mine is the updated version. So mine actually beeps. The other ones, they actually have a light (go off) and somebody sees it. But honestly, it hasn’t been that hard. It’s been as normal as possible. The only difference is you’re doing work with the mask on” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 12:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Will Venable ) : “Right now, I think (bench coach) Will (Venable) is in the first base dugout,” “They’re trying to keep us apart” External link

masslive Sunday, February 21, 2021 12:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We do believe that, stuff-wise, he can give us big outs late in games,” External link

masslive Saturday, February 20, 2021 10:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Josh Taylor ) : “It’ll be good to see Darwinzon and (Taylor) throw the ball the way they’re capable of,” “I know last year was a tough one, not only on the field but also with the virus. It’ll be good to see them throw the ball well” External link

masslive Saturday, February 20, 2021 10:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We have to be better defensively,” “No doubt about it. That’s something championship teams do. I said, we have to be better than ’18 defensively, better than ’19, better than ’20. This is not about range factor or all that stuff that people measure, which is important. As far as first steps and angles going toward the ball, I’m going to challenge them to be better” External link

masslive Saturday, February 20, 2021 4:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’ve got a few ideas,” External link

masslive Saturday, February 20, 2021 4:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Dave Bush ) : “I think the seven-inning thing is great,” “The guy who really doesn’t like it that much is (pitching coach Dave Bush) because he has to find ways to get innings in for most of the guys. It is where we’re at and it’s okay. I don’t mind it. Sometimes, the last two innings of spring training used to be sloppy. Not too many strikes. I’m good with the seven innings. We will play nine inning games at one point, but it’s good at the beginning” External link

masslive Saturday, February 20, 2021 4:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t think it’s fair for them,” “We’ll get together with the training staff and the doctors, sports science, and obviously with the player and we will decide what we’re going to do with them” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 10:11:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As far as the usage, we have to pay attention,” “That doesn’t mean we’re going to slow him down. Obviously the way he reacts is going to let us know how much we give him or if we have to slow him down. So far, so good” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 10:11:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re good. As far as the protocols and the intakes and all that, you guys know about Kevin, but besides that, it has been good,” “Credit to the players and credit to everyone that’s here that has done everything possible to stay safe. That was a good result. But obviously, we’re living this day by day. We’ll celebrate every day we’re successful with this, and in situations like Kevin’s, we just have to be patient. We know he’ll be with us at one point and we’ll take the time we have to take to get ready” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 6:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Will Venable ) : “It was just a regular Day 1,” “Twenty bullpens. Two groups of pitchers’ fielding practice. We did a good job. Will Venable is becoming the MVP of the organization already. It’s only one day, but he set up the schedule and moved people to the right places. With everything we have to go through, the guidelines and the protocols, so far Will Venable is the MVP of the Boston Red Sox” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 6:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This is a topic that is going to come up,” “It has been a topic in the offseason, it’ll be a topic in spring training and obviously, during the season. There’s a lot of smarter people than me who deal with stuff like this” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 6:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re deeper. We’ve got some capable guys that, they’re not going to be with the big-league club, but (will be around) just in case something happens,” “If something happens in spring training, we do feel we can do capable guys that can jump into the rotation or the bullpen and do their jobs” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 6:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m coming here to attack every day, enjoy it, connect with players like I always do and have the best days of my life,” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 3:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think it’s too early for that,” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 1:16:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Matt Barnes ) : “If the season started tomorrow and we had the lead in the ninth inning and we haven’t used Matt in the seventh or eighth, I’d flip him the ball and I believe he could get us the three outs and get us to the next day,” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 1:16:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I do believe that with his teammates around, the whole group around, the coaches, it’s going to help him. It’s not easy going through a rehab,” External link

usaToday Friday, February 19, 2021 12:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s in great shape, worked hard during the winter,” External link

usaToday Friday, February 19, 2021 12:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m very excited about what the organization has done since I got here in November. If you look at who we were on Nov. 5 or 6 to where we are now, we are a lot better,” “That’s what we can control right now. I’m very happy with the players that we have and what Chaim (Bloom) and the group are doing to keep getting better. It’s exciting” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Attack every day the right way,” “If we have any doubts on how we’re going to attack days, just listen to that press conference of Pedey a few weeks ago and our mentality will be the same one. I’ll make sure we put in speakers here so everybody listens to Pedey. I thought that was one of the best press conferences from a retiring player. It was amazing. When you guys have a chance to come here, maybe you’ll see one of his quotes on the walls, whatever. We’re going to attack the way we always do. Nobody’s going to dictate who we are outside of our walls. But we know we have to be better. Better than ‘19. Better than ‘20. And if we accomplish that, we’re going to be.in a good spot” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s a plus defender in center. He’s a plus defender in left field. He’s a plus defender at shortstop,” “So that’s the beauty of this team this year. We’re going to be very versatile. We can move people around and they’re going to do the job defensively. And that’s something we have to do a better job (of)” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a hitter, I still believe there’s something more there,” External link

masslive Friday, February 19, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Very physical. He plays the part of a starting pitcher,” “He worked hard in the offseason. I know his goals and everybody knows our goals. It’s just a matter of see what’s best for the team, for the organization. But looking forward to see him compete. I saw him on TV. He was impressive. He threw a bullpen today. It’s impressive to see him on the mound and I’m happy that we’re going to work together” External link

masslive Thursday, February 18, 2021 10:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora wrote ( about Pedro Gomez ) : “Pedro was a happy, genuine humble man,” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, February 9, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We have a good baseball team,” “Good baseball teams win a lot of game. We’re versatile, athletic and deeper than ’19. I go back to ’19, I thought we were short. Last year, obviously, was a tough year for the organization. Going into spring training, we have a lot of options” External link

masslive Friday, February 5, 2021 6:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Ramón Vázquez ) : “He’s putting on a show in the Caribbean Series. This kid came down here to work with Ramon Vazquez and get his repetitions,” External link

masslive Friday, February 5, 2021 2:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As far as the pitching, I do believe we’re deeper than actually ’19 and what the team was last year,” “Little by little, the front office did a good job during the season last year and the offseason to add some quality arms, some intriguing arms. Yesterday we add Martin (Perez) and you start looking around: Eduardo (Rodriguez), Eovaldi, (Nick) Pivetta, Martin, Andriese. We’ve got (Tanner) Houck. So little by little, we’re building this puzzle. And like I said in November, I think I said it in December, and I’m going to keep saying it all the way to April 1, this puzzle is not completed. We have to be patient. But we’re going to be better” External link

masslive Tuesday, January 19, 2021 3:29:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Little by little, we’re building this puzzle,” External link

bostonglobe Monday, January 18, 2021 1:42:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As far as the pitching, I do believe we’re deeper than actually ‘19 and what the team was last year,” External link

masslive Sunday, January 17, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think being deeper means the world this year,” “You come from a short season and all of a sudden you’re asking these guys to perform at the high levels for a lot of innings. So you’ve gotta be careful. So we’re trying to do that and at the same time, compete at the highest level on a daily basis” External link

masslive Sunday, January 17, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Those conversations are going on and on. It’s not on and off. It’s on and on,” External link

masslive Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:46:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “People in the industry are high on him,” “With us, it has been a very easy conversation. He pays attention and he’s hungry to keep getting better” External link

bostonglobe Monday, January 11, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about White Sox ) : “I feel good about who we have,” “Take away the titles, we’re all just Red Sox coaches. I’m glad to have somebody like Will coming in from a different organization to give us a new perspective” External link

bostonglobe Monday, January 11, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “They (Red Sox front office) have been relentless as far as exploring the market and exploring everything,” External link

masslive Tuesday, January 5, 2021 11:32:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Me and Chaim (Bloom), we’ve been talking about it,” External link

masslive Tuesday, January 5, 2021 1:09:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Bobby Dalbec ) : “I actually said on the air that I saw Dalbec as a pitcher instead of a position player,” External link

masslive Monday, January 4, 2021 3:24:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Christian Arroyo ) : “I do believe Christian played pretty solid toward the end of the season last year,” External link

masslive Friday, December 18, 2020 3:13:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m not a gambling man, but I’ll bet you $1 that J.D. will have a better season,” “I’m watching a lot of games and videos, it was a different hitter. ... I know he recognized toward the end of the season what was wrong with him, but he wasn’t able to take it to the batter’s box” External link

eagletribune Friday, December 18, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s not a joking matter,” “We know that it’s a very serious situation, and I’m glad that it’s working out” External link

eagletribune Friday, December 18, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Our medical staff doesn’t want to put a timetable on it,” “But at the same time, we’re very happy that he’s progressing the right way” External link

eagletribune Friday, December 18, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Regardless of the results, they did everything possible to win the game as far as effort, but it didnt happen. I like Ron, we stay in touch, we talked about a few things that happened during the season, and Ill take that to 2021. If the season started today, Matt Barnes would be the closer. The 30-year-old righty had nine saves in 13 opportunities last year, most of them after Brandon Workman was traded to Philadelphia. If the season started tomorrow and we had the lead in the ninth inning and we havent used Matt in the seventh or eighth, Id flip him the ball,” External link

news18 Friday, December 18, 2020 1:59:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Just watching what happened toward the end of the season, it seems like Matt threw the ball well and did a good job for the team,” “I don’t want to go into roles right now, but he’s a guy that we should consider. We should talk about him as a potential candidate to be the closer. It’s not fair for anybody — the front office, the coaching staff or the players — to say, ‘This guy is going to be this guy’ or ‘This guy is going to do this.’ But Matt did an outstanding job last year” External link

masslive Friday, December 18, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “If the season started tomorrow and we had the lead in the ninth inning and we haven’t used Matt in the seventh or eighth, I’d flip him the ball and I believe he could get us the three outs and get us to the next day,” “As of right now, the season doesn’t start tomorrow. Matt Barnes is one of the best relievers the last few years in the big leagues and I have total trust he can do the job” External link

masslive Friday, December 18, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think those two guys, the way they finished ’19 and pitched in July in August, we felt, going into ’20, that they were going to be a big part of what the team was going to accomplish,” External link

masslive Friday, December 18, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Brian O ) : “We do feel that there’s versatility in our bullpen,” “Are we looking to improve our pitching staff? (Brian O’Halloran) has said it. Chaim (Bloom) has said it. Yes we are. But I do believe versatility is going to play a big factor in what we’re going to accomplish next year from that group. Right now, I feel comfortable with the cards that we have” External link

masslive Friday, December 18, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Those conversations are going on and on. It’s not on and off. It’s on and on,” External link

masslive Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The international market is an intriguing one,” “It’s a good one. Like the rest of the big league organizations, everybody’s paying attention and doing their homework. ... It will be interesting how it moves in the upcoming days or week. These guys, as you know throughout their careers, they’ve been very solid, very consistent. And that’s something that intrigues not only the Red Sox but the rest of the organizations at the big league level” External link

masslive Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I believe every organization at this level is having those conversations: how are we going to go from what they had last year to what we are thinking about this year?” “And it’s something that is worrisome because we have to take care of the health of these guys but at the same time, it’s something we’ve got to put in balance. Like how much are we going to push them for us to be successful? So the conversations have been going on since I got back” External link

masslive Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m learning about my guys, to be honest with you,” “I’m looking at the information. I’m looking at games. And there’s some interesting guys. But at the same time for me to go ahead and tell you a name or names of guys that can become BJ (and) Hector ’18, it’s not fair. It’s not fair for them. It’s not fair for me because I’m trying to digest as much information as possible. And the decision will be made as a group with the front office and the pitching department” External link

masslive Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora told ( about Eduardo Rodriguez ) : “In Eduardo’s situation, the most important part is that he’s healthy, right? Forget the baseball part of it,” External link

masslive Wednesday, December 16, 2020 3:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Having (Walker) in the bullpen is great, and (Bush) in his second year,” “I think Jason (Varitek) is going to help a lot in his new role. Ramon is a great baseball man and he’s going to be closer to me during game, and overseeing the whole operation. He’s not just another coach… the title ‘MLB coach’ was like, ‘What is that?’ We assign duties now. I think we’re in a better position than we were going into 2020, before everything happened. I’m very pleased that we got Will (Venable), Jason in the game planning department and Ramon, he’s going to do an outstanding job” External link

masslive Friday, November 27, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re not ready for that relationship,” “We’re still in the big brother, little brother relationship. I don’t think the family can live with that one. I always joke around, like, ‘You’re the little brother, but all of the sudden you’re running the show and he needs to listen to you.’ And (I) need to listen to him because he runs the show in the family. I try to stay away from that one” External link

masslive Friday, November 27, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I spoke to him a little bit,” External link

masslive Friday, November 27, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “What he went through last year, he was amazing keeping the guys playing hard throughout the season with everything that went on,” “I’m very proud of him, I know he’s happy that I’m back. You never know. Somehow, someway, I do believe he’s going to help us throughout the years with the organization. Either personally with me or in another role, I don’t know. I know he’s open to helping somehow or someway. I think he’s back to living that west coast life, spending time with his wife, the family and his grandkids. He deserves it. I know he’s going to be okay” External link

masslive Friday, November 27, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Yeah, it has changed with some of them,” External link

masslive Thursday, November 26, 2020 4:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s not for me to answer,” External link

masslive Thursday, November 26, 2020 4:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s doing an outstanding job coaching his kids in basketball and baseball,” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 25, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s something that we talked about throughout the process and I was looking forward to. Obviously, it hasn’t happened yet,” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 25, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “One thing for sure -- he hasn’t impacted the team like he usually does on the field, but in the clubhouse, outside with the players, outside Fenway, he has been amazing,” “He actually helped us win a World Series in 2018 just with his presence and helping us out, preparing for the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers. That’s what it’s all about, just trying to make us better somehow and some way. And he did” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 25, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Now that our coaching staff is set, we’re excited to get to work and dedicate ourselves to getting the most out of our players,” External link

masslive Saturday, November 21, 2020 12:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I am very grateful for the opportunity to manage once again and return to the game I have loved my entire life," External link

chinadaily Wednesday, November 18, 2020 5:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I still believe you've got to play fast. You take a look at the teams around the league. The Rays, the Dodgers, the Padres, for how powerful they are, they hit the ball out of the ballpark, but they still run the bases well and are plus teams defensively," External link

chinadaily Wednesday, November 18, 2020 5:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Two of my favorite players from back home (in Puerto Rico) play shortstop and they’re elite,” External link

masslive Friday, November 13, 2020 3:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Xander Bogaerts ) : “And I told (Bogaerts), ‘Hey, I know you can be like those guys. You can be elite. It’s just a matter of keep working, keep listening and you’ll be fine,’” External link

masslive Friday, November 13, 2020 3:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I actually spoke to him a few days ago,” “What I saw is what I heard on the phone. Looking forward to working with him and making him a better player” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 3:23:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I love the information and I love to go into a game prepared the best I can,” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If you’re not prepared to use the information and digest it in the right way I don’t think you’re going to be successful in this game,” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s not back to normal,” External link

usaToday Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “A lot of people were saying, ‘OK, you spent time with your family that's good,’” External link

usaToday Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a leader, as a person who enjoys the game and loves to manage, I put this organization in a tough spot,” External link

usaToday Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a fan — because that’s what I became during the summer — it was tough to watch,” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Eduardo Rodriguez ) : “When they were down right away, and Eduardo was down, it put the organization in a tough spot,” “I feel like we’re better than what they showed last year. And we still have work to do” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a manager, as a coaching staff, I think spring training’s going to be a lot different than ’18, ’19,” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I do believe we have to catch up with speed of the game". Cora pointed to the speed and athleticism of the Padres, Rays and Dodgers. "How fast the game is, we have to catch up with that,” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "And it starts in the offseason obviously with the workouts. And then when we get to spring training, it’s not going to be what you saw in ’18, ’19. ... I think the drills are going to be more dynamic. It’s going to be more game-time stuff. And I think they’re going to have fun doing that. And if they do that, and we catch up with the speed of the division, and the other teams, we’re going to be in a good spot”. He said the Red Sox need to play better at home. They also must play better against the Yankees and Rays, he stressed. “I’m not here to say our goal is to win the World Series or bust. But one thing for sure, play better or else," External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I know there’s a lot of people I disappointed, and for that I’m sorry,” “And also telling those people, 'Hey, I’m still Alex. I made a mistake. I still love the game. I still love what I do. And I promise you, from now on, I’m going to use this experience the right way. I’m not proud of it. I’m not happy about it. But we have to move on. I’m happy to be back home. This is the place I really enjoy to work” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a leader, as a person who enjoys the game and loves to manage, I put this organization in a tough spot. And for that I’m sorry,” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s been a tough year,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Honestly, when the suspension happened, this was the last thing I was thinking,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was intense. It was genuine and it was tough, you know, because there were some tough questions,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a manager, I still going to push them to do everything possible to read the scoreboard, read the pitchers, read catchers and do all that stuff,” “I mean, that’s part of baseball. And I’m going to keep pushing for that” External link

click2houston Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think at that point, people were starting to talk about what was going on around the league,” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 1:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a leader and as a person who is running the clubhouse and the dugout, we need to avoid the gray areas,” “I think that’s the most important thing. You’ve seen the report, seen what (the league) decided. Out of the whole thing, that’s one thing that moving forward, we had to do a better job” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 1:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I was spending time at home (in 2020) for the wrong reasons, and for that I want to apologize," External link

irishsun Wednesday, November 11, 2020 1:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I want to apologize to the organization for putting them in such a tough spot coming into the season," "I never thought I was going to be in the situation that I was in. ... Like I told (Red Sox chief baseball officer) Chaim (Bloom) when we decided to part ways, 'Sorry for what happened, and sorry for what happened during the year.' As a leader, as a person who loves to manage, I put the organization in a tough spot and I'm sorry" External link

irishsun Wednesday, November 11, 2020 1:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I know they were disappointed for everything that happened," External link

irishsun Wednesday, November 11, 2020 1:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I didn’t feel like we needed to do something like that, honestly. I know people will not believe me in that sense. Why not bring it here if it was that effective? But, I don’t know, I just decided in that offseason to not bring it here,” “We had some conversations actually in spring training about a lot of stuff I think at that point people were starting to talk about what was going on around the league. And it wasn’t worth it. It wasn’t worth it” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “One thing I’ll tell you I learned from it and, if you read the report, as a leader, as a person that is running the clubhouse and the dugout, we need to avoid the gray areas,” “That’s the most important thing” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I was spending time at home for the wrong reasons. For that, I want to apologize," External link

wcvb Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I deserve what happened this year," "It's something that I'm not proud of it, but we went through the whole process with the commissioner's office, the department of investigations and at the end I got my penalty and I served it. I want to apologize to the organization for putting them in such a tough spot coming into the season. I never thought that's what was going to happen. I never thought I was going to be in that situation, but I was" External link

wcvb Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I want to make sure everybody knows that this situation is part of who I am, you know, for the rest of my career. As a man, I have to deal with it. I don't want people to seem like it's a great comeback story. I don't want that," External link

wcvb Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I was spending time at home for the wrong reasons. For that, I want to apologize," External link

wcvb Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I want to make sure everybody knows that this situation is part of who I am, you know, for the rest of my career. As a man, I have to deal with it. I don't want people to seem like it's a great comeback story. I don't want that," External link

wcvb Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I deserve what happened this year," "It's something that I'm not proud of it, but we went through the whole process with the commissioner's office, the department of investigations and at the end I got my penalty and I served it. I want to apologize to the organization for putting them in such a tough spot coming into the season. I never thought that's what was going to happen. I never thought I was going to be in that situation, but I was" External link

wcvb Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:39:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I am grateful for the opportunity to manage once again and return to the game I have loved my entire life,” External link

wcvb Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I am grateful for the opportunity to manage once again and return to the game I have loved my entire life,” External link

wcvb Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I am grateful for the opportunity to manage once again and return to the game I have loved my entire life,” External link

masslive Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This past year, I have had time to reflect and evaluate many things, and I recognize how fortunate I am to lead this team once again,” “Not being a part of the game of baseball, and the pain of bringing negative attention to my family and this organization was extremely difficult. I am sorry for the harm my past actions have caused and will work hard to make this organization and its fans proud” External link

masslive Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "We agreed today that parting ways was the best thing for the organization," "I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward" External link

npr Saturday, November 7, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I am grateful for the opportunity to manage once again and return to the game I have loved my entire life," External link

arkansasonline Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:28:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "This past year, I have had time to reflect and evaluate many things, and I recognize how fortunate I am to lead this team once again," "Not being a part of the game of baseball, and the pain of bringing negative attention to my family and this organization was extremely difficult. I am sorry for the harm my past actions have caused and will work hard to make this organization and its fans proud" External link

arkansasonline Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:28:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I am grateful for the opportunity to manage once again and return to the game I have loved my entire life," External link

irishsun Saturday, November 7, 2020 8:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I am grateful for the opportunity to manage once again and return to the game I have loved my entire life,” External link

denverpost Saturday, November 7, 2020 4:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This past year, I have had time to reflect and evaluate many things, and I recognize how fortunate I am to lead this team once again,” “Not being a part of the game of baseball, and the pain of bringing negative attention to my family and this organization was extremely difficult. I am sorry for the harm my past actions have caused and will work hard to make this organization and its fans proud” External link

denverpost Saturday, November 7, 2020 4:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I am grateful for the opportunity to manage once again and return to the game I have loved my entire life,” External link

seattlepi Saturday, November 7, 2020 1:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "Boston is where I have always wanted to be and I could not be more excited to help the Red Sox achieve our ultimate goal of winning in October”. Boston announced the decision 10 days after Cora finished a one-season suspension for his role in the Astros sign-stealing scheme during their 2017 championship run. Cora was Houston's bench coach when he joined the Red Sox in November 2017, and he led Boston to the 2018 title after a franchise-record 108 regular-season wins. The Red Sox, who finished third in 2019, let Cora go in January after Commissioner Rob Manfred identified him as as the ringleader in the Astros’ scheme. “This past year, I have had time to reflect and evaluate many things, and I recognize how fortunate I am to lead this team once again," “Not being a part of the game of baseball, and the pain of bringing negative attention to my family and this organization was extremely difficult. I am sorry for the harm my past actions have caused and will work hard to make this organization and its fans proud” External link

seattlepi Saturday, November 7, 2020 1:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I am grateful for the opportunity to manage once again and return to the game I have loved my entire life,” “This past year, I have had time to reflect and evaluate many things, and I recognize how fortunate I am to lead this team once again. Not being a part of the game of baseball, and the pain of bringing negative attention to my family and this organization was extremely difficult. I am sorry for the harm my past actions have caused and will work hard to make this organization and its fans proud. I owe John Henry, Tom Werner, Mike Gordon, Sam Kennedy, Chaim Bloom and Brian O’Halloran my gratitude for giving me another chance. I am eager to get back to work with our front office, coaches, and especially our players. Boston is where I have always wanted to be and I could not be more excited to help the Red Sox achieve our ultimate goal of winning in October” External link

masslive Saturday, November 7, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "We agreed today that parting ways was the best thing for the organization," "I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward" External link

npr Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:07:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Ron Roenicke ) : “They have a good group over there,” “Hopefully Ron gets a chance to manage and he’s going to do a good job. Me talking about being there obviously right now is not even part of the equation” External link

bangordailynews Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora told : “I don’t want to get into specifics with this,” External link

bangordailynews Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora told : “The reason I talked about the Houston thing the way that I did was because I know too many things about that investigation,” External link

houstonchronicle Friday, June 19, 2020 9:24:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t want to get into specifics with this,” External link

houstonchronicle Friday, June 19, 2020 9:24:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora told : “I don’t want to get into specifics with this,” External link

masslive Friday, June 19, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora told : "I have read many things that are true and many others that are not," External link

usaToday Friday, June 12, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora told : "Out of respect for the investigation, I decided to stay out of the spotlight. Talking about it wasn't going to change anything," External link

usaToday Friday, June 12, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "There has been a narrative out there of what happened (in Houston) ," External link

irishsun Friday, June 12, 2020 3:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "Out of respect for the investigation, I decided to stay out of the spotlight. Talking about it wasn't going to change anything," External link

irishsun Friday, June 12, 2020 3:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “We all did it. And let me be very clear that I am not denying my responsibility, because we were all responsible". Cora’s 2018 Red Sox team was investigated for sign-stealing, too, but the league cleared him of any wrongdoing. His punishment a one-year ban from baseball was tied solely to his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme. "I deserve my suspension and I'm paying the price for my actions,” External link

houstonchronicle Friday, June 12, 2020 1:33:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora told : “If there is one thing I am absolutely sure of, it is that it was not a two-man show,” External link

houstonchronicle Friday, June 12, 2020 1:33:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I deserve my suspension and I’m paying the price for my actions,” “And I am not proud of what happened. We made a mistake as a group, the entire (Astros) team. What happened was something that, if you ask anyone involved, no one is proud of it. We’re all at fault. Everybody” External link

masslive Friday, June 12, 2020 1:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I saw it and thought: It's great that he's taking his time to do something cool, in a different way," "And the whole thing has grown organically" External link

arkansasonline Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I saw it and thought: It's great that he's taking his time to do something cool, in a different way," "And the whole thing has grown organically" External link

arkansasonline Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I saw it and thought: It's great that he's taking his time to do something cool, in a different way," "And the whole thing has grown organically" External link

abc7ny Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I saw it and thought: It’s great that he’s taking his time to do something cool, in a different way,” “And the whole thing has grown organically” External link

usaToday Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:10:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I saw it and thought: It’s great that he’s taking his time to do something cool, in a different way,” “And the whole thing has grown organically” External link

wkbn Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:03:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora comentó : “Tenemos al abridor. Tenemos el cierre y a los preparadores” External link

wsoctv Tuesday, July 9, 2019 4:50:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora dijo : “Chicos, les informaré cuando lo decida” External link

wsoctv Tuesday, April 30, 2019 2:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora dijo : “Si son 162 juegos, te van a tocar 162 turnos sin nadie en base” External link

wsoctv Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora dijo : “Creo que es algo que depende de la gente en tu equipo y lo que quieren” External link

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manager14.29%EN10/24/201724/10/2017
future manager7.14%EN10/24/201724/10/2017
former teammate7.14%EN06/17/201617/06/2016
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Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I can talk about a lot of things that happened today and it was not a perfect game for us,” “We’re good. But we have to keep playing the game. We had a lot of runners on base. We didn’t cash in. And it came down to a great play by Alex. We’ll take it of course. But we need to keep working and keep getting better” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I feel like the wind was blowing in,” “There was some balls we hit and actually they (the Orioles) hit, the second day. That ball (Alex) Verdugo hit down the line, I thought for sure from my view that was off the wall. But the wind was blowing in, too. So we’re about to find out. When the weather is better, see how it goes. ... The feedback from the hitters is not about the baseball. It was more about the wind blowing in, the conditions” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:49:00 PM EAT

Eduardo Rodriguez said ( about Alex Cora ) : “Threw all my pitches and felt strong, so now, like (Cora) said, we’re going to see how it feels tomorrow,” “Today I was feeling really good” External link

masslive Saturday, March 27, 2021 10:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “Getting to know Alex, as far as the swing is, he feels he’s not ready for action,” “He has been on the back fields facing a lot of guys. I told him not to rush” External link

masslive Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

Jed Hoyer said ( about Alex Cora ) : “This is 100-percent a good move for him to work with Alex, Chaim, and the people in Boston,” “This will be valuable for him. Will is somebody who is going to move up in the game” External link

bostonglobe Monday, January 11, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Sam Kennedy said ( about Alex Cora ) : “Did we let him know how we felt about Alex? Absolutely,” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Sam Kennedy said ( about Alex Cora ) : “We were very, very impressed with the process (the front office) ran. It was very thorough,” “There were some great candidates. But I’m obviously extremely pleased that Alex Cora is back home here with the Red Sox” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Sam Kennedy said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I think you saw today how remorseful he is about what happened and how appreciative he is of the opportunity to come back,” “I am personally a big believer in second chances and I’m very excited Alex is going to have a second chance with us” External link

usaToday Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I do believe we have to catch up with speed of the game". Cora pointed to the speed and athleticism of the Padres, Rays and Dodgers. "How fast the game is, we have to catch up with that,” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Sam Kennedy said ( about Alex Cora ) : “We are very pleased with the outcome, given how excited we are to have Alex back,” External link

nytimes Wednesday, November 11, 2020 4:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I know there’s a lot of people I disappointed, and for that I’m sorry,” “And also telling those people, 'Hey, I’m still Alex. I made a mistake. I still love the game. I still love what I do. And I promise you, from now on, I’m going to use this experience the right way. I’m not proud of it. I’m not happy about it. But we have to move on. I’m happy to be back home. This is the place I really enjoy to work” External link

masslive Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Rob Manfred wrote ( about Alex Cora ) : “Cora was involved in developing both the banging scheme and utilizing the replay review room to decode and transmit signs,” External link

nytimes Saturday, November 7, 2020 1:01:00 AM EAT

Ramón Vázquez said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I would love if Alex comes back,” External link

masslive Tuesday, October 20, 2020 11:54:00 PM EAT

Mark Sweeney said ( about Alex Cora ) : “The talk inside baseball is that [suspended former Red Sox manager] Alex Cora is coming back. It would surprise me but I wouldn’t put it past the Red Sox because we know how good he was for them,” External link

bangordailynews Thursday, October 1, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Ron Roenicke said ( about Alex Cora ) : “Alex should be managing. He did a really good job here,” External link

bangordailynews Monday, September 28, 2020 4:18:00 AM EAT

Ron Roenicke said ( about Alex Cora ) : “No. Never. And the reason I can say that is because Alex should be managing,” External link

masslive Monday, September 28, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

David Price told ( about Alex Cora ) : "That was the first thing I told (Red Sox manager Alex Cora), right when he hugged me on the field I want to do this again next year," External link

usaToday Sunday, July 5, 2020 1:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “We all did it. And let me be very clear that I am not denying my responsibility, because we were all responsible". Cora’s 2018 Red Sox team was investigated for sign-stealing, too, but the league cleared him of any wrongdoing. His punishment a one-year ban from baseball was tied solely to his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme. "I deserve my suspension and I'm paying the price for my actions,” External link

houstonchronicle Friday, June 12, 2020 1:33:00 AM EAT

Chris Sale said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I lost zero respect for (Cora),” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:59:00 AM EAT

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Alex Cora said : “We dig into analytics and sabermetrics and all that, we found out that Martín is actually not a morning person, so we decided to go with Tanner,” External link

wcvb Monday, April 19, 2021 7:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We dig into analytics and sabermetrics and all that, we found out that Martín is actually not a morning person, so we decided to go with Tanner,” External link

wcvb Monday, April 19, 2021 7:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Coming into this series, we knew that they had stuff,” “They’re really good. I know they lost some games with the bullpen, but stuff-wise, it’s one of the toughest staffs in the big leagues. They’ve got (velocity), they’ve got good secondary pitches. They were good. They were good the whole day. They were actually good yesterday, too” External link

masslive Monday, April 19, 2021 4:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We dig into analytics and sabermetrics and all that, we found out that Martín is actually not a morning person, so we decided to go with Tanner,” External link

ChinaPost Monday, April 19, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "We dig into analytics and sabermetrics and all that, we found out that Martín is actually not a morning person, so we decided to go with Tanner," External link

foxnews Monday, April 19, 2021 12:09:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora explained : “I can tell. You don’t see him,” “We’ve had a lot of day games and you don’t see him walking around too much in the mornings in the clubhouse. When we have a night game, you see him walking around and talking. We just went with the data and decided yes, it’s true” External link

masslive Monday, April 19, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When those two boys get up at 6:30 in the morning, I’m the one taking care of them,” “I spend a lot of time here at the ballpark. That’s the rule at home. Angelica, she stays with them throughout the games. In the mornings, that’s what I do” External link

masslive Monday, April 19, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We dig into analytics and sabermetrics and all that, we found out that Martín is actually not a morning person, so we decided to go with Tanner,” External link

eagletribune Sunday, April 18, 2021 11:35:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "He meant so much in 2018 and ’19. It was always cool to go out to dinner … just listening to those guys talking about their experiences," External link

foxnews Sunday, April 18, 2021 7:33:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We haven’t talked about that. Actually it hasn’t been a topic for our group,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 6:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s something Bushie and Walk are on top of,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 6:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He meant so much in 2018 and ’19. It was always cool to go out to dinner … just listening to those guys talking about their experiences,” External link

wcvb Sunday, April 18, 2021 5:59:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He meant so much in 2018 and ’19. It was always cool to go out to dinner … just listening to those guys talking about their experiences,” External link

wcvb Sunday, April 18, 2021 5:59:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “His stuff is actually better than it was last year as far as velocity and movement,” “It’s just one of those, we’re going to keep getting him good matchups in the seventh and the eighth, combined with Darwinzon (Hernandez) for now, and get him on the right track” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 7:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s tough, timing-wise, but it’s not that tough,” “One thing for sure, when you play here, you know you’re going to get an 11 a.m. game. I think that’s one of the coolest things that we have. People love that game. For what we’re living, it’s not the perfect day. That Monday is so special around here and it was special for me because I knew I was going to play that game regardless. I love it. I love everything about it. We love this weekend. It’s a fun weekend” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 7:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Ron Roenicke ) : “I actually spoke to Ron yesterday and told him the velocity on the fastball and he was very surprised,” “He was like, ‘What?’ I said, ‘Yeah, he’s throwing that hard.’ That’s something good. It creates separation on his pitches. He has been good so far” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 7:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He can play every position. He gives you a quality at-bat,” “Right now, he’s not hitting for average but you see his on-base percentage. He knows the strike zone. He knows when to get to a fastball. He’s into the game the whole time in the dugout talking to guys. In the short time he has been here, it has been amazing the way people gravitate toward him in that clubhouse. It’s fun to watch” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 6:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Where we’re at right now, we knew this was going to happen,” “You look at the guys who have pitched for us, they have done an amazing job. The difference between this team and last year and even 2019, we’re a lot deeper. He was a professional when we talked to him and he understands. Whenever we need him, he’ll be here and he’ll perform” External link

masslive Sunday, April 18, 2021 5:45:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He meant so much in 2018 and ’19. It was always cool to go out to dinner just listening to those guys talking about their experiences,” External link

seattlepi Sunday, April 18, 2021 3:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I really enjoyed him to be around,” “Sometimes he felt like I didn’t. But it was the other way around. I wanted him more down there. He wanted to give us space” External link

masslive Saturday, April 17, 2021 10:04:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He never mentioned he wanted to manage again. He never mentioned that in two years he was here,” External link

masslive Saturday, April 17, 2021 10:04:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about White Sox ) : “I texted him and he didn’t answer so I’m like, ‘Oh well, there goes a job. The White Sox got their guy.’ Happy for him,” “If he wanted to do it, he had his reasons. It’s good to see him managing a team and I’m happy for him” External link

masslive Saturday, April 17, 2021 10:04:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I had the pleasure of managing against Boch (Bruce Bochy), Sosh (Mike Scioscia) and Tito (Terry Francona), but (La Russa) is a Hall of Famer,” “He is a Hall of Famer already. Not a future Hall of Famer” External link

masslive Saturday, April 17, 2021 10:04:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You saw the runner, he took off to first base,” “In ’19, I didn’t want to get thrown out. I didn’t want to make a scene early on. (The media) asked me all that stuff. Hey, there were some people who thought I wasn’t into this. You saw it. I’m into it” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Jordan Baker ) : “He did say that. I was like, ‘Well, yesterday, you guys got together, so please, get together again,” “They decided it was a foul tip. Jordan stayed with the call and I got thrown out” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a tough one, especially in that situation,” “We come back, we’re scratching and we’re fighting. We know we got a strikeout. It didn’t work out right there, but then we got the strikeout and got out of the inning” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got to be careful with the workload for all those guys,” “Enrique (Hernández), Marwin. Christian (Arroyo) has been swinging the bat well. (Marwin) played two games yesterday, we took him out. We’ll give him today, see how the weather goes tomorrow but you have to do that. It’s very important” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s why he made the team,” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “The good thing is we’ve got capable guys,” “It doesn’t matter who you put out there. You feel comfortable offensively and defensively” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Tony La Russa ) : “It’s going to be a different weekend but we’re ready for it,” “Looking forward to seeing Tony on the other side. Managing against a Hall of Famer, a guy who really helped us in ‘18 and ’19. A guy that I really look up to. It should be fun. He’s one of the best in the history of the game and to manage against somebody like that is a privilege” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going to have to make an adjustment,” “That’s the way it adds up. We’ll see how it goes weather-wise. Conversations are going right now. We’ll just have to wait and see” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 5:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I saw the announcement like two innings before,” “Honestly, we thought it was going to be like a minute. It took a while. At the end... I don’t know. It’s fair for both teams, I guess. It’s uncomfortable. We decided to play with it. It was just weird” External link

masslive Friday, April 16, 2021 3:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We ended up losing a game with a jam shot to center field. That’s not bad,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, April 16, 2021 2:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve just got to be careful with the workload with all those guys,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, April 16, 2021 2:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We ended up losing a game with a jam shot to center field. That’s not bad,” External link

seattlepi Friday, April 16, 2021 1:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We've just got to be careful with the workload with all those guys,” External link

seattlepi Friday, April 16, 2021 1:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Just thinking about what Jackie did, not only as a player, and as an athlete — unreal — but having the burden and the weight of all the people on his shoulders and to perform not only on the field but off the field, it’s amazing,” “It’s unreal. As a Latino, you guys know how we feel about Roberto Clemente. We don’t have a Roberto Clemente without Jackie Robinson. That’s it. I’m not a big-league manager or a big-league player without Jackie Robinson. I’m very fortunate to know his family and it’s a special day” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 11:07:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The first few days, they were very tough,” “You get caught up on safety and everything that has to do with your group. Obviously, everybody has been thinking for a while about baseball here, but I bet — we didn’t talk about it here, we had the meeting three days ago — but I bet in the rooms, just watching the news and everything that’s going on, it puts thoughts in your mind. It’s a coincidence that we’re here and if this helps us, as individuals, to be better, so be it” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 11:07:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Both of them, they had more in the tank,” “We’ll stick to our program. We trust our program. These guys, they’re going to be ready. When May comes, they’re going to feel strong. Right now, our bullpen is doing an amazing job and we feel very comfortable with where we’re at as a pitching staff” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Enrique Hernandez ) : “That’s why we talk about our defense in the outfield,” “You guys talk about moving guys around late in games. We pinch-hit with Enrique (Hernández) for Franchy and our defense is still good. Alex had a great jump and made the right decision and he caught the ball” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 1:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It wasn’t a perfect game for us,” “That’s what I meant… we’re good, but we have to keep playing the game. We had a lot of runners on base, we didn’t cash in and it came down to a great play by Alex. We’ll take it, of course” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 1:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I can talk about a lot of things that happened today and it was not a perfect game for us,” “We’re good. But we have to keep playing the game. We had a lot of runners on base. We didn’t cash in. And it came down to a great play by Alex. We’ll take it of course. But we need to keep working and keep getting better” External link

masslive Thursday, April 15, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We talk about the Rays and how they do things over there,” “I’m learning a lot about them and sometimes the market helps you be patient with players” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “In the situation they (the Red Sox) were in in ’17, they needed that bat,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added ( about Andrew Benintendi ) : “That’s a part of player development,” “Yeah, I do believe sometimes people rush their players. In this situation here, they needed Raffy Devers to make it to the playoffs in ’17. They needed Andrew Benintendi in 2016 to make it to the playoffs. You’re trying to win a World Series. You’re going to try to do everything possible to try to do it” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s no right or wrong,” “But people forget Raffy, he didn’t get his repetitions in the minor leagues. He’s getting his repetitions at the big league level, the highest level in the world baseball-wise. And he is hard on himself. People are hard on him. I understand that part. But we cannot forget that he’s learning at the big league level. It’s not an excuse. I’m not trying to cover for his mistakes. It’s the reality. And that goes on with other players” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “One thing Martín has going for him, he induces the opposition into weak contact,” “You see the hits he gave up against Tampa, the ones he gave up today — broken bat single, ground ball that hits the bag. That’s why we want him to be aggressive in the strike zone. He gave us a chance to win the ballgame today” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5:09:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We probably have to make a move, right? Do something over the weekend,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5:09:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think the guys who were here last year, it wasn’t fun,” “It wasn’t fun for them. They put in the work to keep getting better and keep winning ballgames. It’s a testament to them. Last year, it was tough to watch. It was tough for them who are here. It’s still early, but they can see the talent that we have and what we’re doing. It’s fun for them again. Baseball is fun for them” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a good baseball team,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora recalled : “They had the half-turf, half-grass field in Wichita,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I screamed at the TV. Turned the TV off, too,” “I forgot the other one. But that one, I recall” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Yes, you guys do. It seems like they care,” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “They get upset when they strikeout. They get upset when don’t get a call,” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “If she agrees with it, I’ll go with that,” “It’s a good baseball team. It’s a good team. It’s a bunch of grinders. It’s not the names we had in ‘18 and ‘19 but overall it’s just guys that we have to show up every day. If not, the results won’t be there. But they’re willing to work. They’re willing to put their work before and after the game. During the game, they are very in-tune with it. Yeah, they play with emotion” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Our thoughts and prayers to the Wright family,” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Rocco Baldelli ) : “As far as the decision, it was a simple one,” “We were ready to play. They called me over and they said the game was canceled. You saw it on TV. They were prepared to play. They called me over. (Twins manager) Rocco (Baldelli) actually came to the dugout and told me, too. After that, we got everybody in the clubhouse. We explained the situation. ... The meeting was very simple. We don’t have too many details as far as everything. But it was one of those where everybody understood the decision” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re waiting to hear from MLB and the Twins to see what’s next as far as the series,” “We don’t have too many details” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 13, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll talk about that one whenever we have to,” External link

masslive Monday, April 12, 2021 9:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Defense is very important for him,” “He takes his defense to the batter’s box. He needs to understand that he will make mistakes. That’s part of the game. He’s locked in defensively, which for him, it makes him at peace with the game. He doesn’t want to let his teammates down. ... His defense when it’s going this way, it eases him. He’s at ease with the game and great things happen” External link

masslive Monday, April 12, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Adam Ottavino ) : “Right away that postponement Opening Day put us in a bad spot,” “We don’t have too many off days. ... We have to grind but have to be careful, too, (not) to overuse the bullpen. There have been some games that we were up 7-0 and we ended up using (Adam) Ottavino and that’s not good either. So we’ll take care of them for a little bit. Obviously it’s not perfect but we’ve done this before in ‘18 and ‘19. What we sacrifice now is going to pay off later on” External link

masslive Monday, April 12, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We might need a few longer ones this week because of where we’re at schedule-wise,” External link

masslive Monday, April 12, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “But we’re working on that. We’re talking about it and hopefully, by the time we go home (from this road trip), we can get this ball rolling and we can get some of them vaccinated,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The way it’s going, I do believe we will (get to 85%) but you never know. People might change their mind,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Looking forward to the guys to make a decision and do what they have to do,” “Hopefully, we can get this thing going as normal as possible” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Obviously they (Red Sox players) know about other teams that are doing it,” “I hate to see it as a competitive advantage because they’re doing it for the right reasons. ... At the same time, if you want it to be as normal as possible, it’s there. You saw the rules. You saw the memo. You know what it’s all about. So I know they’ve been talking about it. But we’ll make a formal presentation and then they’ll decide” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "We do believe he will be back with us (Sunday)," External link

foxnews Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s been doing a good job the last few days,” “It was a rough start early on but he’s made better decisions and we’re very happy with the way he’s been playing” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For some reason Raffy didn’t tag the runner,” “Just one of those where I wanted to slow the game down. I just felt like everything was going fast. It was a different feel today actually with the fans. They were into it. There were a lot of them. It just felt that way. Even myself, I had to slow down a little bit early on. So just a message (to the players) like, ‘We have nine innings. If we play it this way, it’s going to be too fast for us.’ So we did a good job after that” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We do believe he will be back with us (Sunday),” External link

ChinaPost Sunday, April 11, 2021 7:29:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “From our end, we do believe he is going to be back with us tomorrow,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 11, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll know more, obviously, during the week,” “I know this doesn’t matter much, but having him around is not only positive for us, but for him. Just to be around his teammates and talk baseball and just be part of the team. That helps him a lot and hopefully that makes him better. It’s not that we want to push him, ‘Oh you feel better, so now we’re going to push you,’ but he’s very excited. We talked a little bit yesterday before the game. He’s feeling good where he’s at” External link

masslive Friday, April 9, 2021 6:35:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I know he likes hitting here,” External link

masslive Friday, April 9, 2021 6:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He has been hitting the ball hard,” “When he starts controlling the zone, good things happen. That was a good swing” External link

masslive Friday, April 9, 2021 6:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That was amazing, right? Just throwing all of those strikes,” “Velocity, I do believe this is his best fastball, at least of the last three years. The carry. It’s not only up in the zone. It’s actually through the zone and down. The breaking ball is good” External link

masslive Friday, April 9, 2021 4:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For him to compete out there and give us five strong innings, that was pretty gratifying,” External link

masslive Friday, April 9, 2021 3:52:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He needed a break, but obviously he’s really good against lefties,” “He’s one of the toughest ones in that clubhouse. He wants to play every day. That catching position is a tough one; He nails it” External link

highlandstoday Thursday, April 8, 2021 10:35:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think, on Sunday, he hit the ball hard three times,” “You can tell that he’s getting there. Obviously, it didn’t start well but he got a good pitch yesterday to hit. I think the lefty-lefty base hit told me more about where he’s at. To be able to track the ball and shoot it the other way, that’s a good sign” External link

masslive Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We didn’t face too many lefties ins spring training,” External link

masslive Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s one of the toughest ones in that clubhouse,” “He wants to play every day. That catching position is a tough one and he knows it, but we had no doubt as far as him performing because his swing is very simple. It was just a matter of stamina” External link

masslive Thursday, April 8, 2021 1:13:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When I see how people rank catchers, outside of our world, he’s the closest think to a complete package,” External link

masslive Thursday, April 8, 2021 1:13:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For them to use a different uniform, hopefully it’s the beginning of something cool and people can recognize these guys not because of the uniform but because of who they are,” “This is a great idea and I’m looking forward to that weekend to wear these two uniforms” External link

ChinaPost Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:30:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He got two days off to work on a few things and hopefully he can stay on pitches, go the other way and start doing the little things like some of the guys have done the last few days,” “He’s going to be out there most of the time” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6:08:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s no hard number. He’s going to go deep into the game” External link

eagletribune Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:28:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Goody put some good work with them in spring training,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:28:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We were down to one pitch, we got a hit-by-pitch, a wild pitch and J.D. put a good swing on it,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Emotionally, it’s a roller-coaster,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We won the series against the defending American League champions,” “It’s a good bounce-back from what happened this weekend and we have a chance to sweep them tomorrow” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s no hard number. He’s going to go deep into the game” External link

highlandstoday Wednesday, April 7, 2021 7:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He threw the ball well against a team that swung the bat well against us on Sunday,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Matt Andriese ) : “We can start with (a lefty) and then give Andriese or Whitlock some innings to face some righties or push them to make moves and bring lefties and then we have the lefties,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Now we’ve got to think of how we can maximize our bullpen,” “I do believe we have a pretty good idea of how to do it and I do believe that (Whitlock) will be part of that equation” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For them to use a different uniform, hopefully it’s the beginning of something cool and people can recognize these guys not because of the uniform but because of who they are,” “This is a great idea and I’m looking forward to that weekend to wear these two uniforms” External link

seattlepi Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll take care of him but there’s not a hard number we have,” “We do believe he’s ready to go deep into the game. So that’s the most important thing. If it was something that it was going to be short like he wasn’t ready to go five or six (innings), we’d probably think about the decision. But we do feel he can go deep into the game” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s going to be in the bullpen today,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It all depends on what you mean check all the boxes,” “You can be successful here but that doesn’t mean you have checked all your boxes from our end. And you can keep getting better. We haven’t made a decision yet” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We didn’t control the strike zone and that is something we should do,” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:49:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The way he handled the whole situation, it was amazing,” “After the game, he was thanking me for giving him in a chance. No, no, no. Thank you for giving me 3 ⅓ innings and help us to be ready for today” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:49:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I feel like the wind was blowing in,” “There was some balls we hit and actually they (the Orioles) hit, the second day. That ball (Alex) Verdugo hit down the line, I thought for sure from my view that was off the wall. But the wind was blowing in, too. So we’re about to find out. When the weather is better, see how it goes. ... The feedback from the hitters is not about the baseball. It was more about the wind blowing in, the conditions” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:49:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He had a good overall game,” “That ball down the line, that was a nice play. It was good to see him run around the bases and put in a good game for us” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For him to compete and work on his swing while he was competing at that level, it’s impressive,” “He’s in a great spot. You can tell. When you see him before games and the way he’s talking and talking to players and where he’s at right now, he’s in a good place” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You can tell the quality of the at-bats,” “I think he walked twice today. He did a good job staying on pitches. That last at-bat, he got beat with a fastball and then he just took what they gave him and got rewarded with a home run. He’s in a good spot” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s going to be with us sooner rather than later,” External link

wcvb Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got that one and probably on Wednesday, most likely, Alex (Verdugo) will get an off day,” “Trying to get Xander (Bogaerts), but you know how he gets. Right now it’s a no” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 11:06:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I know there’s other guys who are going to come back from injuries but to come back from this is amazing, and he did an outstanding job in spring training getting ready,” “You can see the swings. He looks like he’s the same guy as two years ago” External link

baltimoresun Monday, April 5, 2021 1:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s good to see him start off this way,” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 8:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll know after the game what we’re going to do with him. Everything went well yesterday. It was kind of like Day 1 for him in terms of preparation. Everything is trending that he’ll be with us, like I’ve been saying, sooner rather than later” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 8:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s part of what we planned in the first week,” “Get everybody involved and not push guys too hard. We’re coming out of spring training and all of the sudden you ask these guys to play six games in a row, especially not having the off day. That’s something I believe in” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 8:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Clean baseball, it’s always something I talk about,” “It’s not about the record. We were playing some clean baseball and we didn’t play clean baseball the first two days. Games like this are going to happen” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 6:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re not proud of what happened this weekend,” “We talk about playing good baseball against the division and playing good baseball at home, right? We didn’t this weekend” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 6:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got to show up,” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 6:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I still feel the same way I did about the team five days ago as right now,” “We have a good team but we still need to work on our stuff” External link

masslive Monday, April 5, 2021 6:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He should be the Comeback Player of the Year, regardless,” “He could hit .330 or .180, and he’s the Comeback Player of the Year already. I know there are other guys coming back from injury, but to comeback from that is amazing” External link

baltimore-cbslocal Monday, April 5, 2021 6:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "He should be the Comeback Player of the Year, regardless," "He could hit .330 or .180, and he’s the Comeback Player of the Year already. I know there are other guys coming back from injury, but to comeback from that is amazing" External link

foxnews Monday, April 5, 2021 12:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He should be the Comeback Player of the Year, regardless,” “He could hit .330 or .180, and he’s the Comeback Player of the Year already. I know there are other guys coming back from injury, but to comeback from that is amazing” External link

eagletribune Monday, April 5, 2021 12:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m not sure where he’s at in terms of (distance), but I know he started his throwing program when we left camp,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 4, 2021 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The doctors and the physicians feel like it’s small enough that we think with treatment and doing that, he should be fine,” External link

masslive Sunday, April 4, 2021 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “At that time we talked a little bit about it. I don’t know if we talked about it enough. Sometimes I wonder,” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, April 4, 2021 2:33:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “People are going to say, ‘Ah, stick to sports or stick to this or stick to that.’ You know what? At the end, when this is over, we’ve got a life and we have kids,” “We’re trying to make decisions based on what’s important for us but at the same time decisions based on what’s going on around us” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, April 4, 2021 2:33:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Defensively the two games, we haven’t been sharp,” “We’ve made some bad decisions. ... For us, it’s very important to play defense. The teams that play good defense, they win ballgames. And the first two games we haven’t done that” External link

masslive Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:51:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “One thing is to hit in Fort Myers. One thing is to hit here at Fenway and see the ball travel to left field,” “And he saw it (in BP). And hopefully that’s the hitter we’re going to get: Somebody that can drive the ball to left field and whenever they hang something in the strike zone, he can pull it for power. He’s been great so far in the training room, in the weight room. He’s following our lead. He knows there are some question marks about his health and all that. He’s put in the work and he’s in a good spot right now” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 6:52:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a kid, as an individual, as a friend, very proud of him,” “He’s worked so hard to get to this point” External link

bostonglobe Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:25:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “And the last outing, he relaxed because he knew that he was pitching on Saturday,” “We keep talking about pitching, pitchability or stuff, or splitter or slider or sinker or fastball. At the end of the day, it’s what you do to harness your emotions to go out there and compete. And he’s still developing. He’s still learning. It was a good learning experience for him in spring training. How to control his windup, his emotions. Not trying to impress people, which I think he tried to do with velocity. I like the pitcher. I like the person. And we’re very excited he’s going to pitch for us tomorrow” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 1:26:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We have to play better, that’s the bottom line,” “For X or Y reasons, the last two years have been tough. There’s more than that. There’s the division. There’s Tampa and the Yankees. There’s playing better at home. There’s a lot of stuff that we have to do better for us to be in the conversation. We have to do it. We haven’t been good at home for a while” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We have to dominate at home,” “Good teams do that and we believe we have a good team” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He went four. He’s good,” “He felt great on the mound. Everything went fine. Obviously, we’ll wait for tomorrow when he comes in. He’ll go through the testing and all that. The hope is for him to be with us, like I said, sooner rather than later” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re not going with a six-man rotation,” “We’re pitching him tomorrow, then obviously the circumstances will dictate what happens with him in the future. Just give him the ball tomorrow, go five or six (innings), do the things he did in the and we’ll be happy with that” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s something I didn’t miss last year,” “He’s a good pitcher. He has good stuff. The ball was moving. He had a good changeup. He was in control of the whole situation” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 3:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m blessed, to be honest with you, just to get a chance to be back at this level and do the things that I love,” External link

bostonglobe Saturday, April 3, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The pitch count was getting where it felt like it just makes sense before the start that that was it for him,” “We’ve got to make sure. He’s pitching on regular rest the next one. So you’ve got to think now and think ahead. Andriese is a guy that he gets groundballs. He walks Mancini. He gets a groundball after that, we make an error and then obviously they score two. That was where we were pitching-wise, pitch-count wise. So we felt comfortable with him (Andriese) going in that situation” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He was good. He was in control,” “Good split today. That was probably his best split-fingered fastball since he got here. That was a plus. For him to get his feet wet at a big-league level was fun to watch” External link

masslive Saturday, April 3, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I love this city. I love it,” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 11:10:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Very excited. I’m blessed to be honest with you,” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 8:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “It’s not only a special day for me,” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 8:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t know if it was meant to be that we didn’t played yesterday,” “We were able to watch a lot of people play around us — the kids that were here a few years ago and helped us to win a World Series. But it was a reminder that they’re not here anymore. And for us to get to where we want to go, we have to turn the page and we’ve got to play better. And we have to do it with the group we have and the group that will be here in the future” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 8:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I know it’s not going to be a packed house but to play in front of your family, it’s going to mean a lot to these players,” “I can’t even imagine how it was last year not playing in front of your family, your friends and obviously the fans” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 8:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Just watching him pitch the last [spring game] and him knowing the situation, you can tell he breathed,” “He was in control, just throwing his sinker and four-seamer and slider. That was a good lineup, too. And there were some bad swings, but I think it was kind of like the comfort level” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 12:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s not that he was uncomfortable early on, but he was trying to do more,” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 12:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Those are the things that kind of, like, slow down the decision [on a closer],” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 12:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m lucky to be here,” “One day, two days, three days... I really don’t care, to be honest with you. I know there are a lot of guys who are very excited, but I think it’s for the best. Tomorrow will be a better day weather-wise. The fans can really enjoy it. We can go out and enjoy it, too” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 4:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I talked to both guys and they’re going to be very important in the eighth and ninth,” “I do feel like the structure has suffered with that guy (Brasier) in the seventh. I don’t want to handicap them mentally or physically, like ‘Hey, you’ve got the ninth or you’ve got the eighth.’ Talking to both of them, they know they’re going to get important outs in the last two innings” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 4:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m pretty sure where we want to go as a team and they know it, too. It’s just a matter of, I don’t want to just say ‘This is the closer’ and then there’s three outs we can get before and I handcuff myself doing that,” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 4:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a kid, as an individual, as a friend, very proud of him,” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 4:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think the season will dictate how we end up,” “I think we tried everybody in spring training and it seems like we like everything about it. As of now, it’s still, quote-unquote a work in progress, but knowing on a daily basis, we’ll be solid in the outfield” External link

masslive Friday, April 2, 2021 4:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Just watching him pitch the last [spring game] and him knowing the situation, you can tell he breathed,” “He was in control, just throwing his sinker and four-seamer and slider. That was a good lineup, too. And there were some bad swings, but I think it was kind of like the comfort level” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 3:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s not that he was uncomfortable early on, but he was trying to do more,” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 3:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Those are the things that kind of, like, slow down the decision [on a closer],” External link

bostonglobe Friday, April 2, 2021 3:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Just watching him pitch the last [spring game] and him knowing the situation, you can tell he breathed,” “He was in control, just throwing his sinker and four-seamer and slider. That was a good lineup, too. And there were some bad swings, but I think it was kind of like the comfort level” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, April 1, 2021 10:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s not that he was uncomfortable early on, but he was trying to do more,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, April 1, 2021 10:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It's nothing long term. It’s just we ran out of time to build him up,” “The hope is that he will be able to join us sooner than later, and sooner is next week” External link

eagletribune Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:55:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I was just thinking the last three innings just watching those kids play, I think this organization is in a good spot,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:08:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Now with his swing, knowing that he knows boundaries of the strike zone up, now we have to make sure, ‘Hey, we can drive pitches in the zone,’” “So he’ll work on that. And I’ve been saying all along, it takes more than 26 guys to win this thing. Because you’re on the Opening Day roster, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be here the whole season. There’s circumstances and injuries and other stuff, especially nowadays. ... He needs to be ready. Not only him. All those kids down there” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll talk to him today,” “He did an up-and-down yesterday late. It was actually three up-and-down innings. We’ll talk to him today. There’s a chance he’ll pitch Sunday or Monday. We’ll decide how he feels. We’re not going to push him. He’ll let us know how he feels and we’ll go from here” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 8:24:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Today we’re going with a different lineup,” “Early in camp, I said I was going to stay away from moving Alex to left field but we want to see how this one works with Enrique (Hernández) in center, Hunter (Renfroe) in right and Alex in left” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 7:27:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We talked about it yesterday and everybody agreed who we’re going with,” “And in the end, like I’ve been saying it all along, I said it in ‘18, ‘19, it takes more than 26 guys to win a World Series. Whoever goes to Triple A or the alternate site, they’re going to have to contribute throughout the season. That’s the most important thing” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6:32:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s a pretty good chance,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6:32:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “To have him around is amazing,” “It’s a year from the surgery. And for him to go with the team, be up there, he’s a leader. He’s been in meetings. He’s been in bullpens. He’s going through his progression. And he feels great about where he’s at. Not perfect, obviously. But for him being around us, it means a lot. And I know it means a lot to him” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 5:08:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He got cleared by the committee,” “I don’t know about the details. I’m just happy he’s going to be back with us and we’re going to be at full strength in a few days” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 11:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Having the whole crew together is beneficial, obviously,” “It was very fast the first day (Saturday), in the early part. It seems like it slowed down right away when we got on that bus to go to Bradenton. The guys did a good job staying the course and doing their work. There were no distractions and then we got good news” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 11:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s too soon to make a decision, it’s too soon to know where they’re at,” “I’m just happy they’re going to be with us. That’s the most important thing” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 11:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Whatever decision we make is based on the timeframe,” “If he can’t go, it’s something that it’s just a few days. So roster-wise, you have to be smart about it. We’ve had discussions already about this. We’ve got our 40-man roster right now and if it’s something short-term, then we’re not going to take people out of the (40-man) roster for three or four days. Obviously we’ve got some capable guys on our 40-man roster that can help us out. So probably that’s where we’ll go if we have to miss him just for a few days” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 8:37:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re running out of time,” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 7:39:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Comfort with the mask, the stitches. The plan is to take them off actually on Opening Day,” “We feel comfortable but at the same time, he actually has to do some tests on Wednesday with the eye doctor. So it’s one of those where we’re not 100% sure he’ll be there but there’s a pretty good chance he’ll play on Thursday” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 5:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "There's a good chance that some of these guys will be able to be there for us for opening day," External link

wcvb Monday, March 29, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora declined : "The morning, yesterday, was a tough one, but I think we're in a better spot than we were early yesterday." External link

wcvb Monday, March 29, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I just want to stay away from names," External link

wcvb Monday, March 29, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "There's a good chance that some of these guys will be able to be there for us for opening day," External link

wcvb Monday, March 29, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I just want to stay away from names," External link

wcvb Monday, March 29, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "He is going to be OK, he's going to be healthy and he's going to help us out whenever he's ready," External link

wcvb Monday, March 29, 2021 12:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Franchy got a good pitch to hit, a changeup over the heart of the plate and put a good swing on it,” “We know he can do that” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 12:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There was a groundball yesterday (Saturday) that came up and he got hit with it,” “Actually, thank God it hit his hand. If not, it was going to hit square on his face. So we’re just being precautious. We’ve got three more days here. If it’s a regular season game, he’s ready to play” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 12:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Everything is the same as this morning,” “We’re going through the protocols, the guidelines, everything. And so far, it’s been OK. It’s been better than yesterday. So that’s all I can give you” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 12:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Some guys have to step up. That’s the bottom line,” External link

masslive Monday, March 29, 2021 12:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Adam Ottavino ) : “It’s not (just) Barnsey. It’s not having Brasier either,” “That’s the whole thing about how to use people, when and all this early in the season. I trust Adam. I trust Matt in the eighth and the ninth inning. But we were one big piece short. Brasier, the way he threw the ball last year ... he’s very important. And that’s why the structure is different. It was probably going to be a work in progress early on because of where we’re at roster-wise and who’s available and who’s not. ... Some guys have to step up. That’s the bottom line. One guy is down, two guys are down, then somebody has to do the job. We have capable guys” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He feels great and there’s a good chance he will be with us Opening Day,” “Let’s see how he reacts out of this one. But everything is very positive with the way he has been able to bounce back. The game in Tampa, he hit a triple, he move around in the outfield. He’s in a good position” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 7:07:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As you know, it’s always good to beat the Pirates, especially in spring training,” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Everybody who was here was negative,” “We got the results throughout the day. Of course, there were people who stayed back. I’ll get those results, probably, on the way to Fort Myers” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We have a positive, but we did everything we’re supposed to do to keep moving forward,” “Everybody was nervous at one point, but when we went through the whole thing, the whole process, you feel better. We’re not out of it. You still have to wait for tonight and tomorrow and the next couple of days” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Still, the splitter is not a factor,” “We’ve got to get there. The slider was good and the fastball was good. It was a back-to-back for him. He pitched yesterday, too. It was a good one for him today and we’ll keep moving forward” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think, as far as the rules and everything that goes on as far as the virus, MLB and the teams, there’s a few things we have to make sure we go through the right channels to make decisions like that,” External link

masslive Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “With the guidelines and the protocols, it’s a fire drill now,” External link

masslive Saturday, March 27, 2021 6:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going through the rules and days and all that,” “It’s Saturday. Opening Day is in (five) days if I’m not mistaken. Now, there’s testing on a daily basis with some of these guys. I don’t want to get into details, but there’s a chance that some of the guys who are in contact tracing might be able to be on the Opening Day roster. Some of them won’t. We just need to get more information throughout the day, communicate with MLB and the committee and go from there” External link

masslive Saturday, March 27, 2021 6:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "Like I told him yesterday, I said, ‘The way you throw the ball, the way your career is going, at one point in your career you will be an opening day starter — maybe more than once,’" External link

foxnews Saturday, March 27, 2021 4:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "He’s built up as far as the pitches and all that," "He’s ready to go. It’s just a matter of how we manage his week" External link

foxnews Saturday, March 27, 2021 4:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Like I told him yesterday, I said, ‘The way you throw the ball, the way your career is going, at one point in your career you will be an opening day starter — maybe more than once,’” External link

eagletribune Saturday, March 27, 2021 8:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s built up as far as the pitches and all that,” “He’s ready to go. It’s just a matter of how we manage his week” External link

eagletribune Saturday, March 27, 2021 8:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Like I told him yesterday, I said, ‘The way you throw the ball, the way your career is going, at one point in your career you will be an opening day starter — maybe more than once,’” External link

eagletribune Saturday, March 27, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s built up as far as the pitches and all that,” “He’s ready to go. It’s just a matter of how we manage his week” External link

eagletribune Saturday, March 27, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “One thing for sure: It’s a very slow pulse and that helps him out,” External link

masslive Saturday, March 27, 2021 12:29:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You saw him running the bases today. He hit that ball to center field,” “He moved around well in the outfield. It’s just about now how he’s going to feel tomorrow. It was a tough day today. It was hot. It was a slow-pace game. And for him to get his reps, it was good. But we’ll know more tomorrow. But it seems like he’s doing well” External link

masslive Saturday, March 27, 2021 12:29:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Good composure, good fastball, good breaking ball,” “He’s still young obviously. He hasn’t pitched at this level. But I saw it. Good body, too. Very loose. ... Great guy in the clubhouse. Knows what he needs to do to be prepared” External link

masslive Saturday, March 27, 2021 12:29:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “With the schedule the way it is, he won’t be able to post,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, March 26, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll see how it plays out for him to get back to the mound,” “There’s a lot of unknowns. Their bodies are going to let us know how we treat them” External link

ChinaPost Friday, March 26, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Like I told him yesterday, I said, ‘The way you throw the ball, the way your career is going, at one point in your career you will be an opening day starter — maybe more than once,’” “He took it as a professional,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, March 26, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s built up as far as the pitches and all that,” “He’s ready to go. It’s just a matter of how we manage his week” External link

ChinaPost Friday, March 26, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a great moment when you tell somebody that you’re going to be a big leaguer,” External link

ChinaPost Friday, March 26, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The organization did their homework and we decided to draft him. From there on, it’s up to him. He did everything possible to make the team, and I know he’s not going to stop,” “You can be a Rule 5 or a 10-year vet, but the way he threw the ball … he’s getting better and better” External link

ChinaPost Friday, March 26, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “With the schedule the way it is, he won’t be able to post,” External link

click2houston Friday, March 26, 2021 9:43:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "going into '20 he was supposed to be the opening day starter. Going into ’21 we announce it, and now he’s not”. Rodriguez was the most dependable member of the Red Sox rotation in 2019, winning 19 games despite pitching in the shadow of Cy Young winners David Price and Rick Porcello and seven-time All-Star Chris Sale. With Price and Porcello gone and Sale recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2020, Rodriguez inherited the role of ace. But he never made it to the mound. This year, he is crucial if the team is to have any hope of competing in the AL East. Cora said it was too early to tell if Rodriguez will need to start the season on the injury list. “We’ll see how it plays out for him to get back to the mound,” Cora said. “There’s a lot of unknowns. Their bodies are going to let us know how we treat them”. Cora said before Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays that Rodriguez pushed to make start the opener but the team took the decision out of his hands. “Like I told him yesterday, I said, ‘The way you throw the ball, the way your career is going, at one point in your career you will be an opening day starter — maybe more than once,’” Cora said. “He took it as a professional,” he said. “For him to accept it and think about the future — and not the first game of the season — is a testament to who he is”. Eovaldi started the opener in Rodriguez's place last year will do so again next week, Cora said. To prepare, he will have two more bullpen sessions before the team breaks camp in Fort Myers, Florida. “He’s built up as far as the pitches and all that,” Cora said. “He’s ready to go. It’s just a matter of how we manage his week”. Also Friday, Cora said the team said it told Rule 5 draftee Garrett Whitlock that he will make the opening day roster. The 24-year-old righty has struck out 12 in nine innings while allowing one run in four outings this spring. “It’s a great moment when you tell somebody that you’re going to be a big leaguer,” Cora said. “It’s priceless”. Whitlock did not pitch last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. But the Red Sox had seen enough of him through 2019 to take a chance on him in the Rule 5 minor league draft. (A player selected must remain on the roster the entire season or be offered back to his original team.) “The organization did their homework and we decided to draft him. From there on, it’s up to him. He did everything possible to make the team, and I know he’s not going to stop," External link

click2houston Friday, March 26, 2021 9:43:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "I think it's just dead arm," "He didn't feel as strong as the previous outings arm-wise. Shoulder, arm, there's nothing specific there. ... He pushed hard for Thursday, but I think the smart thing from my end and from our end is to play it smart" External link

wsau Friday, March 26, 2021 7:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "It sucks for him because going into '20 he was supposed to be the Opening Day starter," External link

wsau Friday, March 26, 2021 7:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t want him to go out there and just swing just for the hell of it, you know, like have a plan,” External link

bostonglobe Friday, March 26, 2021 7:27:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Christian Vazquez ) : “Christian has to deal with something at home in Miami,” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 6:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He threw a live BP yesterday, so that was good,” “We’re waiting for him to come back and give us an update on how he feels and where he’s at physically. He feels like, toward the end of bullpens and live BPs, leg-wise, he’s not where he’s supposed to be. That’s obvious. That’s part of that. As far as the arm, he looked good yesterday. No soreness. He’s still obviously getting treatment for his hand and all that. Hopefully, he can keep building up and be with us sooner rather than later” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 6:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “With everything he has done throughout camp, not only on the field but the way he acts, the way he conducts himself, that adds to the equation,” “We were very pleased to tell him yesterday. We’re going to be careful with him, obviously. He’s a Rule 5 pick and he hasn’t pitched in a while. Everything we have seen has been good” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 5:29:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He could be a Rule 5 guy or a 10-year vet, but the way he threw the ball, you saw it,” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 5:29:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “It’s a great moment when you tell somebody that they’re going to be a big-leaguer,” “His reaction was priceless. It’s all about him. The organization did their homework and we decided to draft him. From there on, it was up to him and he did everything possible to make the team. I know he’s not going to stop trying to get better, studying the game and doing all the right things to get to the next level” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 5:29:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We feel like he should be okay,” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 5:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I was actually looking at a play and all of the sudden, I saw him down,” “There was a throw made, he had these big glasses and it hit the glasses and got him on the left cheek there” External link

masslive Friday, March 26, 2021 5:57:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t want him to go out there and just swing just for the hell of it, you know, like have a plan,” External link

bostonglobe Friday, March 26, 2021 3:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Coming in I wanted to see him at short and he’s been good at shortstop,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 25, 2021 11:03:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going to use a lot of guys, but obviously Kiké is going to play a lot of second base,” “I think he’ll end up playing second most of the time when we have the lead” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 25, 2021 11:03:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That play that Hunter made in the triangle, that was a nice play,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 25, 2021 5:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Franchy in the short period of time, although it’s still spring training, you can see a conscious effort of making contact, which will be great for him if he makes contact. He can do damage,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 25, 2021 5:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I said it in ‘18: where J.D. goes, Xander will follow,” “Obviously Xander is versatile enough that he can hit second. He can lead off. He can hit third. But as of now, I feel very comfortable with those two dancing together quote-unquote — and then Raffy hitting behind them” External link

masslive Thursday, March 25, 2021 5:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Coming in I wanted to see him at short and he’s been good at shortstop,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 25, 2021 3:44:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going to use a lot of guys, but obviously Kiké is going to play a lot of second base,” “I think he’ll end up playing second most of the time when we have the lead” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 25, 2021 3:44:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Somebody has to hit eighth; somebody has to hit ninth. If you look up and down our lineup, it just fits,” “I do believe this is a great way to maximize your lineup. If you are the opposition, there’s no breathing room with us” External link

ChinaPost Thursday, March 25, 2021 2:55:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a good lineup. It’s a complete lineup,” “It just so happens that our bottom guys, they hit for power” External link

ChinaPost Thursday, March 25, 2021 2:55:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s a few stretches during the year that we have to take a look at and decide if want to have a spot starter,” “And that’s something that happens every season. We do believe we’re in a good spot physically. We will keep talking to them. Communication is very important” External link

masslive Thursday, March 25, 2021 1:50:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Somebody has to hit eighth; somebody has to hit ninth. If you look up and down our lineup, it just fits,” External link

eagletribune Thursday, March 25, 2021 1:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a good lineup. It’s a complete lineup,” “It just so happens that our bottom guys, they hit for power” External link

eagletribune Thursday, March 25, 2021 1:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You can see him improving each outing,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:41:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was a positive step for him,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:41:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Bobby Dalbec ) : “Somebody has to hit eighth. Somebody has to hit ninth,” “And if you look up and down our lineup, it seems like it fits. It’s just a matter that those two guys will hit down there when Franchy is healthy with Bobby. It’s just the cards that we have. And you have to maximize your lineup. And I do believe this is a great way of maximizing our lineup” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 24, 2021 11:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Bobby Dalbec ) : “Even Franchy in the short period of time, although it’s still spring training, you can see a conscious effort of making contact, which will be great for him if he makes contact. He can do damage,” “And with Bobby, it’s just one of those where we will protect him. I think he’s protected in that spot. And if you are the opposition, there’s no breathing room with us” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 24, 2021 11:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a complete lineup. And it just happens that our bottom guys, they hit for power,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 24, 2021 11:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s who we are and that’s what we’re going to do,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Three in a row against (Tampa Bay), that’s one too many,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora told : “The way he’s progressing, putting his body in a position that he can hit line drives over the shortstop and he can line drives over the second baseman, honestly I don’t have to worry about him,” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 24, 2021 5:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You can see him improving each outing,” External link

bostonglobe Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was a positive step for him,” External link

bostonglobe Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m proud that he’ll be the guy,” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I just wanted to make sure he was healthy enough,” “It’s not fair to tell him, ‘Hey, you’re going to be the guy,’ and all of a sudden he goes out there and can’t go three, four, or five [innings]. But that was really good today. He’s so sharp now, I wish his first start was April 1” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We needed him to step up,” “That Game 4 was the confidence-builder” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll have a better idea once he starts playing the outfield,” “There’s a chance. I feel better about it. But it won’t be fair to push him … We have to be cautious. We know the player” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If we move quickly this week there’s a chance,” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The positive is the stuff was better today. He feels strong,” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The defensive part of it is what caught my attention. Very detail oriented. He’s always asking questions. He has his own ideas,” “I knew about the power; I knew about the strength and the athlete. But his baseball I.Q, and the way he sees the game has impressed me” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Got a pitch in the zone and crushed it,” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s been away from the strike zone,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s done a good job. The first one, very efficient,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The walks, man. The walks are good,” “He walked yesterday in the last at-bat. He put a good swing on the first one (Sunday). That’s the key of every hitter, right? You control the strike zone” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “One thing I keep telling him, ‘We can work on mechanics and all that, but when you go out there, we have to compete,’” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “To have a different look, not only for lefties, I think for righties, too,” “It’s a good pitch. He threw it a few times throughout the years. In ‘19, he tried it. I don’t know if it was more of a changeup (then). It’s something he always talk about. He’s looking for ways to improve. And the fact that he’s been using it more in spring training is a good sign” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s a few stretches during the year that we have to take a look at and decide if want to have a spot starter,” “And that’s something that happens every season. We do believe we’re in a good spot physically. We will keep talking to them. Communication is very important” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got some capable guys who are not going to be with us at the big league level, but throughout the season, they might get involved,” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When we let him go, how far are we going to let him go?” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “Those things are going to come up throughout the season,” “But I think the most important thing is having communication with the player. How he feels about it. How he’s able to bounce back. When (does) his best stuff play? Pitching every other day, pitching every three days? Or going for four (innings) and not pitching for five (days)? So I’m learning the player. I’m learning about the pitcher. ... I do feel like he’s going to be a weapon for us. He’s going to be very important. We’ve just got to make sure we use him in the right spots” External link

masslive Monday, March 22, 2021 12:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Luis Castillo ) : “In spring training, I’ve been dropping names, comparing people,” “He reminds me of Luis Castillo from the left side. A guy that flies and he hits the ball the other way. ‘Try to throw me out at first.’ That’s what he’s doing. I’m glad that he was able to make it here, that we were able to invite him late. And you see the talent. But there’s a lot of work. There’s a lot of work to do from the left-handed swing to running the bases to making decisions in the outfield. But as far as like tools and talent, he’s a good one” External link

masslive Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve been talking about Nick (Yorke) and (Connor) Wong and all these guys (prospects) in the clubhouse and the dugout, how comfortable they are,” “Talk about somebody feeling comfortable in the dugout, it’s him. I mean, it seems like he’s been playing baseball for a while. You see the talent. ... Strong arm. He flies” External link

masslive Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He stick with me last year not surprisingly,” “Sometimes I thought about how people were going to treat him because of what I did. I don’t know. He never opened up about it. Obviously with no fans (because of COVID), it was different. But that was one of the things that bothered me throughout the whole thing — that people will point at him because of what I did. And that not fair. ... And hopefully he doesn’t have to hear stuff that is not about him. We’re different guys. And what I did, I did. He didn’t” External link

masslive Sunday, March 21, 2021 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “To see him today is going to be great,” “I haven’t seen Joey since Jan. 7, last year. So I’m looking forward to see him and catch up. Obviously we talk every day. But to see him is going to be cool” External link

masslive Sunday, March 21, 2021 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s everything for me. He’s my brother. He’s my father. He’s my best friend,” “He’s my dad. We never go into that — how proud or not proud he is. But one thing for sure, he was there. He was there the whole time. Throughout the process, just talking to me, checking on me. He was very important. Joey has been amazing for all of us. Yeah, my mom, she’s the greatest. The way she handled the whole process last year was eye-opening. I learned a lot from her. But talking to my brother and the way he handled things ... he really helped me out through this” External link

masslive Sunday, March 21, 2021 6:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll have a better idea once he starts playing the outfield,” “There’s a chance. I feel better about it. But it won’t be fair to push him … We have to be cautious. We know the player” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, March 21, 2021 1:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If we move quickly this week there’s a chance,” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, March 21, 2021 1:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The positive is the stuff was better today. He feels strong,” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, March 21, 2021 1:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Chris Sale ) : “Lucky us, (Sale) donated a lot of money to the program so he had his own suite there,” External link

masslive Saturday, March 20, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll have a better idea as soon as he starts playing the outfield,” “He played in that ‘B’ game. He felt fine. There’s a chance. I feel better about it but it won’t be fair to push him. He’ll probably get two at-bats -- maybe three -- depending on the action. If he plays the outfield in two days, it seems like it’s possible. We’ve just got to make sure he plays the outfield” External link

masslive Saturday, March 20, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “From the first bullpen, it caught my eye,” “It was like, ‘Wow, this is good stuff.’ The more he pitches, the better he feels. It’s not about getting guys out. It’s about the other stuff. The tempo was great today. Holding runners, he was good. Besides that, he’s such a good kid that we’re very happy for him with the way he has performed and we’re very proud. We have a good one” External link

masslive Saturday, March 20, 2021 3:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s healthy, which is the most important thing,” “He’s hungry to compete. He hasn’t been able to compete in a while. He has bought into the concepts of the things we do here and he’s executing. He’s very talented” External link

masslive Saturday, March 20, 2021 3:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The defensive part of it is what caught my attention. Very detail oriented. He’s always asking questions. He has his own ideas,” “I knew about the power; I knew about the strength and the athlete. But his baseball I.Q, and the way he sees the game has impressed me” External link

bostonglobe Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:14:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Got a pitch in the zone and crushed it,” External link

bostonglobe Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:14:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll see how he feels,” “The concern is playing him too much right away in the outfield. We know about his history with injuries so we have to be careful with that. As far as at-bats, he probably has more at-bats than (Michael) Chavis, who’s leading the team with (33). We feel comfortable with that” External link

masslive Friday, March 19, 2021 5:37:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s just a matter of that we have to be careful with his workload,” External link

masslive Friday, March 19, 2021 5:37:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t know if he’s going to be able to be in games,” External link

masslive Friday, March 19, 2021 5:37:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “There have been a few guys (pitchers) that have been wild, right?” “But little by little, it seems like we’re doing a better job attacking the zone, not walking people. So it’s been good. I’m very pleased with the way we’ve been doing things. But we still have to get better and we know that. This is not only in spring training but throughout the season” External link

masslive Friday, March 19, 2021 5:06:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Yeah, there’s always a chance,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 8:29:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He had a great season in ’19. Last year he wasn’t able to pitch for obvious reasons,” “What he’s shown now, he’s healthy and he’s ready to go. … It was just a matter of time” External link

virginislandsdailynews Thursday, March 18, 2021 3:34:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As far as running, he’s getting close but not ready for the game,” “Hopefully, Friday, we have more where he’s at physically. The way things are trending, I’m not going to be surprised if he’s playing on the field (for Grapefruit League games) by Monday” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Yeah, there’s always a chance, but we’re not going to push him,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s night and day where he’s at emotionally, so I’m happy for him,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Having them is another set of eyes, another voice,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s one of the best out there,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Coming into camp, I knew it. I had an idea,” “I just had to make sure he was healthy enough. It’s not fair to tell him, ‘Hey, you’re going to be the guy’ and then all of the sudden he can’t go three, four or five (innings). But that was really good today. He’s so sharp right now I wish his next start was April 1” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The next time he threw a bullpen, he didn’t even want to talk to me because I was hard on him with the media,” “I said it and he took it personally. He understands. He understands I’m going to push him. That’s what I’m here for. That’s my job” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m not surprised because he puts the work,” “He’s mature. He always listened to his big brothers in ’18 and ’19 and those guys have a lot to do with what’s going on” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Right now, he has everything on point,” “We’re very happy he’s able to compete and I’m proud he’ll be the guy on Opening Day” External link

masslive Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “His impact on the court is amazing but off the court, off the charts, right?” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 7:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “When they start comparing people like (Tom) Brady and Michael (Jordan), and all the great ones, the people who have been able to see him grow as a player, as a person, it’s unreal what he does,” “It’s like he gets better not only on the field but also off the field. From afar, a big fan” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:07:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If Franchy (Cordero) can play the outfield, they’re a very similar build,” “If Franchy can play the outfield, I think he can play the outfield, too” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:07:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s still working, getting better,” “From the get-go today, it was a grind today as far as his release point. His stuff was still there, but we need to pound the strike zone with his stuff. That’s the most important thing and he knows it” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s always on balance and knows what he wants to do for such a young guy,” “So it’s been fun to watch him perform” External link

bostonglobe Wednesday, March 17, 2021 3:21:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “It has been fun to watch him perform, obviously, with the delay he had,” “You can see all the things people have been talking about this kid. He’s a good hitter” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s a calmness about him that managers like,” “And we’re very happy. Last year, he was part of the big trade, and I bet everything was going so fast for him. And now for him to slow everything down, and being able to work, it’s a testament of who he is as a person, as a player. And obviously he’s somebody that we’re counting on in the future” External link

masslive Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s what makes this group a solid one, because we have options,” “We do believe whatever route we take, it’s going to be a good one. Also, we’re going to have people who are capable of stepping in whenever we need them” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:27:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We feel comfortable, and from Day 1, we’ve said it,” “The difference is we’re deeper this year than in previous years and that’s a testament to where we’re at as an organization and what we did during the off-season” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:27:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I saw him pitch last year and I noticed that he was throwing 92 or 93 (mph), if I’m not mistaken,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll make a decision before we take off,” “I’m not saying this week but we’ll know before we leave to Boston. We’re going to have some rehearsal games ... toward the end. We have an idea of how we’re going to do it. But as far as the players, they’re just going about their business, getting ready” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He pounded the strike zone the whole time,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got a B-game against the Twins on Wednesday,” “So Franchy can get a lot of at-bats there. ... In the next three days, Franchy is going to be able to get plenty of at-bats. Hopefully, he comes out of it healthy and feeling ready to play” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We don’t feel it’s oblique related,” “it was a bruise. So hopefully treatment tomorrow and be ready to play in two days” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “J.D. (Martinez) is part of the equation,” “Marwin (Gonzalez) we’ll start getting more repetitions in left field. I think that’s where we’re at. I know Enrique (Hernandez) can play it but I feel like the way we’re going to use him is more in center field and second base” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He threw some sliders that were good today. The fastball had life,” “He was around the strike zone. Obviously it’s not what we want but at the same time, it’s his second outing. There’s an adjustment period. And we know it’s not as easy as people think. One thing I like, he had to compete right away, right? Tough situation and he got the two strikeouts” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “All that stuff comes into play,” “We’re doing everything possible to make him feel comfortable and he is” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He showed up two days ago and it looked pretty bad,” “Right away we sent him to the hospital and they’re taking care of that. There had to be something there before when he played but he didn’t feel anything. He wasn’t in pain. You saw him move around. He moved well and then the next day he showed up with it” External link

masslive Monday, March 15, 2021 5:41:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s hard for us to slow him down,” “That’s who he is. When he gets to the ballpark, everything is at full speed. We understand that and we have to live with it. He’s in a great spot physically. He has made some adjustments in the off-season and you see it. It’s full blast from the get-go. That’s who he is and we’re not going to change him” External link

masslive Monday, March 15, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “They checked him and it seems like he’s okay,” “They’re going to obviously wait for him tomorrow and see how he feels at night. We’ll have more tomorrow” External link

masslive Monday, March 15, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “We can’t say it’s an oblique injury or just a bruise,” External link

masslive Monday, March 15, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “You can see the approach at the plate,” “He makes great swing decisions. Defensively, he struggled (one) day but besides that, he has been solid and he has been good. He learned a lot last year working with (minor-league coach Bruce Crabbe) as far as defense, his set-up and his pre-pitch. He took all that into camp. I’m very happy with him. We just need him to keep working, keep getting stronger. I think that’s going to help him out. He’s a good, solid player” External link

masslive Monday, March 15, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It wasn’t something that needed surgery but obviously it needed time,” External link

masslive Sunday, March 14, 2021 5:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Big day for him yesterday as far as running and all that,” External link

masslive Sunday, March 14, 2021 5:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “We’re going to try to get him into games,” “The rules have changed as far as re-entry and playing nine innings and all that. In a seven-inning game, you can do whatever you want. In a nine-inning game, it’s more like the regular season. We’ll see how we do it. He’ll still have at-bats in the simulated games. Hopefully, we can DH him a few times during the week and see where he’s at. Physically, a lot better than we thought he was. That’s a great sign” External link

masslive Sunday, March 14, 2021 5:45:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We want him to be aggressive in the strike zone with his cutter,” External link

masslive Sunday, March 14, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We haven’t see him much but athletic. It seems like all these guys that are new in the organization, they are very athletic,” “Tall kid who is willing to work. Good defender” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Velocity-wise, that was good to see,” “His changeup is a good pitch and this is a guy that we like as a starter and we’re going to keep stretching him out. When he gets to the big leagues, that’s where he’s going to contribute” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve just gotta make sure running-wise he is where we want him to be because of obviously the time off and his history,” “He’s doing everything on the field. But we’ve got to make sure defensively we take care of him” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “We feel comfortable where he’s at,” “Honestly from my end, I thought he was going to be more behind. But that’s not the case” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You saw the stuff in the last two innings,” “That’s who we’re betting on. This guy, stuff-wise, is one of the best in the league and he should be fine. Physically, he’s in a great place. Mechanically, he has been working hard between starts and today we saw the results” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 5:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Hunter Renfroe ) : “I do believe (Verdugo) and (Renfroe), those two are pretty solid,” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 5:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll have a solid outfield trio on a nightly basis but you’ll see moving parts,” External link

masslive Saturday, March 13, 2021 5:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Xander Bogaerts ) : “Obviously, Xander has some ideas; we probably have some others,” “The goal is for him to be ready for opening day. On that one, we are probably on the same page” External link

eagletribune Saturday, March 13, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This is just about getting his feet wet, getting his repetitions. Forget the results. It’s about the process. We saw it,” “He wasn’t able to get out of the inning, but that doesn’t matter. We’re just happy that he’s here” External link

eagletribune Saturday, March 13, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As an industry, and I lived it last year just watching from afar, there’s certain days it’s tough to watch,” “I’ve just gotta be honest. Strikeouts, walks and homers. Especially in the regular season. In the playoffs, we don’t care. Whoever sits there to watch a playoff game and complains about a five-hour game, he doesn’t like baseball. Because I don’t think you’re watching a playoff game looking at your watch. You watch it because you really like it. But in the regular season, it was tough to watch” External link

masslive Friday, March 12, 2021 8:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “They’re doing an amazing job talking to managers, obviously front offices and asking what we need to do,” External link

masslive Friday, March 12, 2021 8:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re trying to get the fans back to the game and throwing strikes, keeping the ball in the ballpark. And doing the other stuff, I think it’s a good way to do it,” External link

masslive Friday, March 12, 2021 8:13:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I want him to concentrate in the infield and concentrate on his swing,” External link

masslive Friday, March 12, 2021 2:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I can’t answer you that question but obviously he’s in the mix,” External link

masslive Friday, March 12, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For a sim game, you can see the fastball,” External link

masslive Thursday, March 11, 2021 10:15:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This concept that he only hits lefties is not true,” “I think he can hit righties. If you look at his numbers in 2018, he’s been actually better against righties. ... So just given the opportunity to face righties is going to help him out” External link

masslive Thursday, March 11, 2021 7:59:00 PM EAT