Alex Cora

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Alex Cora said ( about Kevin Plawecki ) : “With Kevin, we’ll wait a little bit,” “He wanted to grind it out. We’ll know more tomorrow” External link

masslive Monday, June 21, 2021 2:43:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added ( about Alex Cora ) : “He started choking up a little bit,” “It feels like you have more control of the barrel that way. There was a game he didn’t play. Alex (Verdugo) didn’t either. I saw them talking a lot. And I think that came from that conversation. But at the end of the day, we know when he gets into a roll, he’s really good” External link

masslive Sunday, June 20, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Obviously, the league is making adjustments. They’re pitching him differently,” “The ups and downs of a season. He’s still a rookie and he’s still learning. It’s hard to struggle. ... At one point, it looked ugly to be honest with you. And he knew it. But he kept putting (in) work. We made some adjustments as far as his routine. He made some adjustments on his own. Right now, he’s doing an amazing job” External link

masslive Sunday, June 20, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The fact that he hit a slider to the pull side (for the triple) and that changeup (on the homer), that was pretty impressive right there,” “I think the quality of the at-bats are a lot better. The fact that he went the other way with a line drive, that’s good, too” External link

masslive Sunday, June 20, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think a lot of people had doubts about our program and where we were going, if we were going to be competitive,” External link

masslive Saturday, June 19, 2021 7:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He wanted to go to a contender,” “At that point, people probably didn’t think we were going to be good. But I explained to him how I saw the team and how he could help” External link

masslive Saturday, June 19, 2021 7:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Organically, we have talked about it,” “Organically. I was very happy that they won last year. It’s not like the office sit-down or whatever” External link

masslive Saturday, June 19, 2021 7:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m getting to know him as a player,” External link

masslive Saturday, June 19, 2021 7:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t know. It sucks that we lost that game,” External link

masslive Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s one of those where if you see the ground ball, you just take off,” “He froze with the line drive. He took off. He stopped and then he took off again. We talk about it. If you’re going to stop, just get back to the bag. Let him turn the double play” External link

masslive Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s just more about what we did offensively and what we didn’t do,” “There were some good at-bats that we felt like they were game-changers. We didn’t finish it. It just happens. We’ve got to turn the page. We’ve got to show up tomorrow and win the game so we have a chance to win the series” External link

masslive Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was going to get to a point close to that (time) that we have to see where we’re at physically with our guys and where we’re at health-wise with everybody around us and make decisions,” “If we have to piggyback guys or ... taper down a little bit their outings, we might do it. It’s very important especially coming from where they came from last year, only 60 games. Obviously, everybody posting as of now every five days. We have to take care of these guys” External link

masslive Saturday, June 19, 2021 4:29:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Now we’re in the middle of this,” “There’s no looking back. We love the fact that we’re going to be in it and it’s going to be a fun summer. At the same time now, we have to think not only about the present but also the future. ... We’ll have conversations and we’ll see how we will attack those days. It’s very important for their health and the stamina of our starters” External link

masslive Saturday, June 19, 2021 4:29:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Christian Arroyo ) : "When they went with the lefty it was a no-brainer, let’s go with Arroyo," External link

foxnews Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:37:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When he’s good, when he’s on his game, he’s short to the ball and direct to the ball,” “On that pitch, that’s what he did” External link

masslive Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:55:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We ended a tough stretch. We grinded through it,” “I think we had a positive record, I think it was 10-7. For how ugly it looked, I know a lot of teams would take 10-7 in a 17-game stretch against teams that made it the playoffs last year” External link

masslive Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:55:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We had a five-run lead and you saw what happened,” “He had the bottom of the lineup and he didn’t do the job. I think, early on, he established his fastball and he did a good job. But then, he wasn’t able to execute” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:02:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Right now, I don’t know. Honestly, I think stuff-wise, he’s good,” “Changeup was good, velocity was good, elevated fastball was good. He wasn’t able to finish them off in that spot” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:02:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This is one of the best pitchers in the big leagues,” “What he has done the last couple of years is incredible. Obviously, it’s a big hit for them but obviously for the game, too. This guy is one of the best pitchers in the league and I know people enjoy watching him pay” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:02:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Paul Abbott ) : “He’s in a great place... (WooSox pitching coach Paul Abbott) said that the way he’s moving on the mound, the way he’s throwing the ball and the way the ball is coming out of the hand has been amazing,” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 16, 2021 1:24:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "Braves rookie Tucker Davidson began the game having pitched 11 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings before suffering left forearm tightness and leaving with one out in the third and runners on the corners. He allowed five hits, five runs and one walk with four strikeouts, and manager Brian Snitker said Davidson will likely go on the injured list on Wednesday.Atlanta, which has dropped five of six, trimmed the lead to 5-1 in the third on Freddie Freeman’s RBI single and 5-4 in the three-run fourth on Abraham Almonte’s RBI double and Ronald Acuña Jr.’s two-run double.The Braves tied it at 7-all in the three-run sixth on Guillermo Heredia's RBI single, catcher Christian Vazquez's passed ball with the bases loaded and Freeman's sacrifice fly. Two of the runs were unearned.“It was an ugly win, but it was a big-league win," External link

wcvb Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I know how embarrassing that is and how tough that is, not only on you as a person but your family, your friends and the people that love you,” External link

wcvb Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The fact they just keep playing until they stop the game and it’s over, it’s who they are, where they’re at and how they feel about this,” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We know we’re going to be answering questions throughout the season, and rightfully so,” “We’re not that great. We just have a good baseball team and we just keep getting better” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “It was huge for us, where we were,” “He has been doing that a lot this season. He did it a lot last season for this team. The difference is now we’re in this situation and people can talk about Alex” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was an ugly win but it was a big-league win,” “We didn’t give up. We kept putting good at-bats. At the end, the bullpen shut down the door. But it wasn’t pretty. We did a lot of bad things on the field” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I know how embarrassing that is and how tough that is, not only on you as a person but your family, your friends and the people that love you,” “Ten games, a year, two years, three years — it doesn’t matter. Being suspended is hell, and you don’t want to go through that. I was very open with them, and hopefully they understand that” External link

ChinaPost Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s in a great place... He said that the way he’s moving on the mound, the way he’s throwing the ball and the way the ball is coming out of the hand has been amazing,” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 16, 2021 12:41:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Haven’t talked to him yet but I’ll talk probably after the game or tomorrow,” “The way he felt after the one he threw at Fenway, the last one, it was really good. He keeps feeling better. This thing about being a big-leaguer is very important for him, and little by little, he’s becoming a big-leaguer again” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 16, 2021 12:41:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m not saying he’s closer but where he’s actually, as far as his progress, the next step is pitching to hitters,” External link

ibtimes Tuesday, June 15, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think, obviously the talk will be out there,” “Everybody will be looking at the scoreboard and who’s pitching. If you give it up, you were using something your last start. Before that, a lot of pitchers were giving it up. I know the league is doing a good job with this stuff and they’re going to come down with a memo, but I don’t think struggling has to do with (sticky) stuff. Those guys (the Blue Jays) are really good, too. We have made a lot of pitches right down the middle lately and they’re taking advantage of them” External link

masslive Monday, June 14, 2021 3:07:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We also have to be better in the first inning,” “Yes, our offense is good. But at the same time, it’d be good to put a zero up ... and we get the lead” External link

masslive Monday, June 14, 2021 12:55:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re in a tough stretch,” “The plan coming into the season was to kind of like use the depth of our pitching. And we haven’t been able to do that in a while. Now we’ve got Thursday off. So hopefully, that’s going to help them out to have an extra day to rest” External link

masslive Monday, June 14, 2021 12:55:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve been preaching throwing strikes and not pitch to the edges,” “Maybe we have to make an adjustment. Elevate a little bit more or move some feet. Make them move their feet and then we can expand outside. We like to be aggressive in the strike zone. It’s been working. Obviously, it hasn’t worked this week. But we’re not going to deviate from our plan coming into the season. Do we have to make adjustments? Of course. And that happens in a series” External link

masslive Monday, June 14, 2021 12:55:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s not just feeling for the ball,” “He’s actually swinging the bat. But the most important thing is that he’s making good swing decisions in the strike zone. And that’s great to see” External link

masslive Sunday, June 13, 2021 9:37:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m not in a rush with this one because of how important he is,” “If we have to stay away from him (Sunday), we will” External link

wcvb Sunday, June 13, 2021 5:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m not in a rush with this one because of how important he is,” External link

wcvb Sunday, June 13, 2021 5:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s only one time through the rotation,” “I still believe the stuff is still good. Teams are going to make adjustments. And you’re going to go through ups and downs. If you take away the week and go by individuals, they had one bad start during the season. So we’ll take that. It just happened that everything’s happening at the same time. And obviously we make a big deal out of it. The stuff is still the same. It’s just execution. So we should be OK” External link

masslive Sunday, June 13, 2021 3:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I always feel like those players who get selected that early in the draft, they’re good,” “Some of them, the panned out early. Others, late. There’s a reason he was selected so high in the draft. Because he has talent. It’s been an up-and-down career. But he found comfort last year here. He comes to spring training in great shape and he’s doing amazing stuff for us” External link

masslive Saturday, June 12, 2021 1:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "Verdugo had three hits to lead the Red Sox to their major league-best 23rd comeback victory of the season. The 25-year-old outfielder was acquired last spring for Betts, the 2018 AL MVP who went on to lead the Dodgers to the World Series title.“I know everybody’s going to talk about that trade -- forever, I guess," External link

wcvb Saturday, June 12, 2021 7:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Chris Sale ) : “Chris Sale is a guy that you pitch every five days and he has been one of the best lefties in the big leagues,” “That’s the way I see it. Obviously, we’ll have conversations throughout his process and see where we’re at. Hopefully, he’s healthy and he’s going to contribute” External link

masslive Friday, June 11, 2021 3:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Chris Sale ) : “I’m not ruling it out, but I do believe, Chris, every five days, he’s a force,” “We’ve got to make sure we take care of the player” External link

masslive Friday, June 11, 2021 3:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I do believe, approach-wise, that was our best game of the season,” External link

masslive Friday, June 11, 2021 11:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For how much baseball purists like the 2-1 or 1-0 game, the fans like 12-8 and going at it, back and forth,” “To manage those games, it’s not fun, but I understand how people like it” External link

masslive Friday, June 11, 2021 11:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We do believe we can play with them,” External link

masslive Friday, June 11, 2021 11:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was just a fun game,” “At the end, they beat us three out of four and beat us two out of three, but I think this game was a cool game to watch” External link

masslive Friday, June 11, 2021 11:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This is a guy that’s going to impact this team in the future, and the future doesn’t mean tomorrow or a month, maybe next year or two years,” External link

masslive Friday, June 11, 2021 5:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got to see where he’s at,” “He’ll be down today. He has been getting treatment and all that. We’ll see how we feel about him in the upcoming days, and if we have to make a move, maybe that’s the route we go” External link

masslive Friday, June 11, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We have to pay attention to his situation,” “He has been down the last few. But he complained it in the last outing. He has been getting treatment. We have to know if he’s going to be available tonight, tomorrow, or when he’s going to be available and we’ll go from there” External link

masslive Friday, June 11, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Tough to swallow, tough to hear it. Because at the end I was part of that. I was part of the 2017 Astros and I was part of the whole sign-stealing situation,” External link

wcvb Thursday, June 10, 2021 7:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Tough to swallow, tough to hear it. Because at the end I was part of that. I was part of the 2017 Astros and I was part of the whole sign-stealing situation,” External link

wcvb Thursday, June 10, 2021 7:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Tough to swallow, tough to hear it. Because at the end I was part of that. I was part of the 2017 Astros and I was part of the whole sign-stealing situation,” External link

ChinaPost Thursday, June 10, 2021 6:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Tough to swallow, tough to hear it. Because at the end I was part of that. I was part of the 2017 Astros and I was part of the whole sign-stealing situation,” External link

eagletribune Thursday, June 10, 2021 6:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When I got home, I thought about it. I was like, ‘Wow, it was a tough night,’” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, June 10, 2021 2:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora told ( about José Altube ) : “When they were booing them and they were screaming at Jose, I felt it, too. I’ve got to be honest,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, June 10, 2021 2:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “On a personal level, tough to swallow,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, June 10, 2021 2:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about José Altube ) : “When they were booing them and they were screaming at Jose, I felt it too,” External link

masslive Thursday, June 10, 2021 1:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I already talked to some of them and it has been tougher in other places,” “The New York thing (Yankees fans loudly booing) is really tough on them. They understand why. They know why. I’m not saying stop booing them here, because at the end, I know there’s a lot of people that boo them because they’re good, too. They’re the Houston Astros. At the same time, most of the people are doing it because of what happened in ’17” External link

masslive Thursday, June 10, 2021 1:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s a little bit banged up,” “His back is tight. He was tight on Sunday, played on Monday. We decided to give him yesterday off. I talked to him yesterday during the game and he felt like one more game will benefit him. We’ll give him one more day and he should be ready for tomorrow” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 9, 2021 11:23:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This is a guy we have to get involved,” “I do believe his at-bats are that good. It’s refreshing to see him go the other way. His numbers are down, but he’s actually hitting the ball harder than last year. We’re very happy with him” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 9, 2021 5:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s not a concern, to be honest with you,” “Obviously, in a one-run game, we’ll probably use Christian. We’ve been very pleased with the way (Plawecki) has been catching, the way he has been calling the games. And his at-bats have been amazing so we’ll give (Vázquez) another day” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 9, 2021 5:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Timing is very important at this level.,” “When you’re off balance, the timing is going to look that hard and the breaking ball is going to be a chase pitch for you. We need to get back to his pace and being able to recognize pitches. If we can accomplish that, I do believe he’s going to be okay. At the same time, obviously, right now, he’s struggling” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 9, 2021 5:19:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "He's in a great place mentally," External link

irishsun Wednesday, June 9, 2021 5:41:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This is a guy that’s going to impact this team in the future, and the future doesn’t mean tomorrow or a month, maybe next year or two years,” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 9, 2021 5:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m just excited that he’s a baseball player again. And now we’ve just got to be patient,” “We’re not talking about how we’re going to use him, or when we’re going to use him” External link

ChinaPost Wednesday, June 9, 2021 2:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “So basically they say don’t get too excited,” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s in a great place,” External link

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Alex Cora said : “That’s the goal for him to be in Tuesday,” “He’s getting treatment the whole day” External link

wsvn Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s in a great place right now, of course we’ll stay away from him tomorrow, probably the next two days, but he understands the situation,” “He knows, he’s been in this situation before. He knew Barnesy was down and we were short. He did a good job with the first batter, actually he threw the ball well again in the ninth inning. To have a guy like that that can do that, it’s huge for a baseball team” External link

masslive Tuesday, June 8, 2021 5:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This is a guy that’s going to impact this team in the future, and the future doesn’t mean tomorrow or a month, maybe next year or two years,” External link

masslive Tuesday, June 8, 2021 5:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s in a great place,” External link

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Alex Cora said : “That’s the goal for him to be in Tuesday,” “He’s getting treatment the whole day” External link

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Alex Cora said : “We’re just trying to get something going up there,” “There’s no — how can I put it — the information department, there’s no numbers, there’s nothing. We’re just like, you know what, hopefully he goes there and he does his job. There’s other guys that are scuffling right now, they’re trying to find their swings, we’ve just gotta find somebody that goes up there and puts (up) good at-bats and sets the table. Or hits a home run” External link

masslive Tuesday, June 8, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s the goal for him to be back in (Tuesday),” “I haven’t seen him. He’s going to get treatment. He’s feeling better. He swung (Sunday) late in the game, so that’s something that is positive. That’s the goal: To start (Tuesday)” External link

masslive Monday, June 7, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re just trying to get something going up there,” “There’s no — how can I put it — the information department, there’s no numbers, there’s nothing. We’re just like, you know what, hopefully he goes there and he does his job. There’s other guys that are scuffling right now, they’re trying to find their swings, we’ve just gotta find somebody that goes up there and puts (up) good at-bats and sets the table. Or hits a home run” External link

masslive Monday, June 7, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Team ) : “We know he’s a good player and we know that at one point in his future, he’s going to contribute at this level,” “There’s still a lot of things he still needs to get better at. But we love where he’s at right now. We love that he was able to play compete in a different level (for Team USA). That’s part of the developing process. The must-win stuff is important for players. That’s why I’m big on winter ball, too. He did that in winter ball. He did it now with Team USA. And now he’ll go back (to Worcester) and get back to business. He’s a guy we really like and we know he’s going to make an impact in the future” External link

masslive Monday, June 7, 2021 8:01:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Jon Jay ) : “I told Jon Jay to make sure to help Duran out throughout the process,” External link

masslive Monday, June 7, 2021 4:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Team ) : “We know he’s a good player and we know that at one point in his future, he’s going to contribute at this level,” “There’s still a lot of things he still needs to get better at. But we love where he’s at right now. We love that he was able to play compete in a different level. That’s part of the developing process. The must-win stuff is important for players. That’s why I’m big on winter ball, too. He did that in winter ball. He did it now with Team USA. And now he’ll go back (to Worcester) and get back to business. He’s a guy we really like and we know he’s going to make an impact in the future” External link

masslive Monday, June 7, 2021 4:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He just took off. Let’s put it that way,” External link

masslive Monday, June 7, 2021 2:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “So at that end, we feel at ease where we’re at,” “But I think one more day will benefit him. Maybe two. I do believe with treatment and all that he should be OK in the upcoming days” External link

masslive Sunday, June 6, 2021 11:59:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This kid, since Day 1 he’s been great for us,” “I keep saying it, we’re very proud of him” External link

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Alex Cora said : “We want somebody that can get on base. Somebody that can drive the ball,” External link

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Alex Cora said : “Hopefully we can exploit a few things from their starter and be more aggressive on the base path,” “So that that came into control our consideration and also the fact that sometimes you have to breathe. Hitting Kiké seventh he’ll see the pitcher for one inning, and he can get feedback from other hitters” External link

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Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I think Alex actually is our complete hitter,” External link

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Alex Cora said : “If I’m managing against the Red Sox, I’ll be very careful to bring a lefty for Verdugo having those two guys behind him,” External link

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Alex Cora said : “He showed up today. He’s a little bit sore,” “So we’ll take care of him today. And if we need him later in the game, if he feels good, then probably we’ll use him” External link

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Alex Cora said : “I saw the video yesterday and I’m glad that he’s home. Let’s put it that way,” External link

masslive Sunday, June 6, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The more time you spend in the city and working here, you become fans of the teams you’re surrounded by,” External link

masslive Saturday, June 5, 2021 9:13:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He saw a lot of fastballs in Houston,” “He’s a smart hitter. He knows these guys have special fastballs, too. That one was up in the zone. He got on top of it and he crushed that one. He put some good swings toward the end in Houston. He made some adjustments. And that’s who he is. He looks lost for a little bit, then he’s one swing away from doing damage” External link

masslive Saturday, June 5, 2021 9:13:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The split, the slider, a good fastball,” “Kept them off balance, make them chase pitches. A really good one for him” External link

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Alex Cora said : “I actually had texted with him not too long ago,” External link

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Alex Cora said : “It’s been a tough four or five months for him,” “We put baseball out of the equation and there’s another human being and we just want him to be healthy” External link

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Alex Cora said : “I think it changes the eye level of the hitter,” “It’s that vertical attack. But then when you got something away from that, it gives you more options as a pitcher. And he can get swings and misses. He can induce people to weak contact” External link

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Alex Cora said : “They asked me for suggestions for a few things in the playoffs,” External link

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Alex Cora said : “He’s stable. We’re going to have more information throughout the day and tomorrow. From what I just ask from you guys is pray for him and your thoughts for his family,” External link

masslive Friday, June 4, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I texted with (Brasier) on the way here (to Yankee Stadium) at 1:30,” “It’s been a tough four or five months for him. So it wasn’t a baseball text. It was just, he’s one of our guys, he’s been here for three or four years and we care about him. So we put baseball out of the equation and this is about the human being. We just want him to be healthy” External link

masslive Friday, June 4, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m surprised, because the more you see it, you’re like, ‘He is that good,’” “He’s a game-changer in right, and offensively, if he stays with the principles he has right now, he’s going to be consistent” External link

masslive Friday, June 4, 2021 6:43:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think we did a good job jumping the gun right away,” External link

masslive Friday, June 4, 2021 6:43:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Oh My ) : “At one point, I looked up and he had 32 pitches and we were like in the fourth inning. I said, ‘Oh My God,’” External link

masslive Friday, June 4, 2021 8:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He had a good fastball, good breaking ball, good changeup. Throwing strikes, under control,” External link

bostonglobe Friday, June 4, 2021 6:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was actually a really good at-bat,” “You could feel it in the dugout. We were able to breathe. It’s not that we’re putting pressure on ourselves, but we saw what happened the first three days and we were facing a tough pitcher right there. To hit that home run, it was big for us” External link

masslive Friday, June 4, 2021 4:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "Rafael Devers opened the second with a double. Hunter Renfroe walked and Arroyo homered into the left-field seats for a 3-0 lead. Boston tacked on two runs in the seventh inning on a double by Xander Bogaerts.The Astros outscored the Red Sox 18-4 in the first three games of this series, but they had trouble stringing hits together as their four-game win streak was snapped. The Astros had just two hits when Gurriel singled with no outs in the fifth. Chas McCormick singled with one out, but Pérez retired Myles Straw and Stubbs to end the threat. TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: RHP Ryan Brasier (strained left calf) is scheduled to throw live batting practice in Florida on Friday and if that goes well, he could begin a rehabilitation assignment soon after that. Astros: Reliever Kent Emanuel announced on social media Thursday that he would have season-ending surgery on his left ulnar collateral ligament. He has been on the injured list since May 26 with left elbow soreness. ... OF Michael Brantley (right hamstring tightness) is eligible to come off the injured list on Friday but it’s unclear if he will. Brantley hasn’t played since May 23. EJECTEDCora was ejected by plate umpire Lance Barrett for arguing a called third strike on Kevin Plawecki for the first out of the sixth inning. Cora stood in front of Barrett at home plate speaking animatedly for a bit before he was tossed. “I didn’t agree with the strike zone," External link

wcvb Friday, June 4, 2021 3:55:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Being in the middle of the whole thing, people are going to be watching,” “They are where they are in the standings. We are where we are in the standings. They have a good team. We have a good team. … We have to be ready for a fun weekend. It should be loud, it should be fun. It’s Yankees-Red Sox, and people are going to be watching” External link

bostonglobe Friday, June 4, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He had a good fastball, good breaking ball, good changeup. Throwing strikes, under control,” External link

bostonglobe Friday, June 4, 2021 3:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Today he was on top of his game,” “He was amazing. He’s been amazing the whole season. We’re really happy with where he’s at” External link

ChinaPost Friday, June 4, 2021 2:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I didn’t agree with the strike zone,” “I was arguing balls and strikes and you can’t do that” External link

ChinaPost Friday, June 4, 2021 2:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We expect him to be here,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, June 3, 2021 11:40:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Obviously, being familiar, it works in every aspect in your job,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, June 3, 2021 11:40:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He can perform, hopefully, the way he pitched in ’19,” “If he does that, we’re going to be in great shape, but at the same time, [we want him] to do his job. That’s all we want” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, June 3, 2021 11:40:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This is where he grew up as a baseball player and he was just out for a few months,” “Hopefully, those few bad months outside the organization are in the past, he cleared his mind and he’s ready to go and he can perform hopefully the way he pitched in ’19” External link

masslive Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If he does that, we’re going to be in great shape, but at the same type, if he does the job, that’s all we want,” “He doesn’t have to be lights-out, although we would love him to be lights-out. To do the job, that’s something we’re looking for” External link

masslive Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Maury Wills ) : “Usage is different than what he did early in the season with the Cubs,” “Velocity is always tricky with him, because even in the past, when he was in Triple-A, the velocity was what it was. Then he will come here -- and like Maury Wills used to say -- the 15% comes into play. The lights and the fans and the big league atmosphere comes into play and that helps certain players. I do believe velocity will be up and the breaking ball shape and spin has been solid” External link

masslive Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We want him to put a good at-bat,” “I love the fact he can swing at the first pitch and do damage, but he hasn’t done that. I think he has only one hit on the first pitch of the game. The quality of the at-bat in that first at-bat has been solid. This is a guy who can hit extra-base hits and hopefully, he can start doing that” External link

masslive Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He probably would be doing the same hitting ninth,” External link

masslive Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “It seems like his at-bats get better when he’s with two strikes,” “He’s a lot more patient but then when the count flips to his benefit, then he expands a little bit” External link

masslive Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s not lack of stuff because the stuff is still there,” “Hopefully, we can find out the first inning and instead of going six, he can go seven” External link

masslive Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I lived through it and I know how it works,” “I know sometimes, Pedey didn’t like to be pinch-hit by myself. But at the end, the process helped Pedroia to actually be successful. I lived it as a player. I had that experience. I know he doesn’t like to get pinch-hit, and that’s part of it. But there’s a matchup there, with a breaking ball guy, that Danny crushes breaking balls. We have to try to win the game right there. It’s nothing against him. The matchup benefits us and it just didn’t happen” External link

masslive Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Right now, it seems like we’ve got a lot of guys who are struggling,” External link

masslive Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For how good Valdez was, we got pull-happy when we had pitches in certain counts,” “That’s not working right now. It doesn’t work around the league and it doesn’t work for us. You’ve got to use the whole field. You’ve got to stay up the middle and the other way. When we’re really good, we do that” External link

masslive Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “What kind of adjustments can we do right now? There’s not much we can do,” “You trust the process, you trust the player. They’re due now. That’s the way I see it” External link

masslive Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Right now it seems like we have a lot of guys who are struggling,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “What kind of adjustments can we do right now?” “There’s not much we can do. You trust the process” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We were unable to do too much,” “He kept the ball down, we kept missing his changeup, and he had a good breaking ball” External link

ChinaPost Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:22:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He said the first slider, he threw it against the backstop, the second one almost killed somebody, and the third was a good one,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, June 3, 2021 3:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going through the process. We’re talking a lot, where we’re at roster wise, what benefits [a call-up has] or [how it] doesn’t benefit us,” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, June 3, 2021 3:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Mike Trout ) : “The average hitter is hitting .230,” “It’s just baseball. It’s 162 games and you’re going to go through this. Everybody does. Mike Trout came [to Houston in May] and he had no hits and then he had no hits against us and he had a bloop single in three games. The best of them, they struggle. And our best hitters right now, they’re struggling” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, June 3, 2021 3:20:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Bobby Dalbec ) : “Right now, obviously, he has been scuffling,” “He has been chasing pitches out of the zone. He’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow. He’ll play the next two days in the series. I just feel like there’s certain matchups that we’ve got to try to avoid and we’ve got to protect him. I know (José), Urquidy yesterday, he was kind of like a reverse platoon guy, but where he’s at with the fastball, we felt like the two guys we played over Bobby, they had a chance” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s a lot of swings and misses there,” “That’s something we obviously need to be better. He hasn’t been able to stay on top of the fastball. It has been a struggle the last five or six games. This is a guy we really like and we’re giving him every chance to go out there and perform” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a player, the fact he can look so lost in one at-bat and then the next one, he can connect and go the other way and hit a homer or hit a laser the other way, it’s eye-opening,” “He goes through his ups and downs, obviously, like everybody else, but it just feels watching — just on TV, not where I’m at now — that he has a chance to do damage on any pitch, from way up top to down to the bottom. Obviously, we would like him to do damage in the zone and not chase pitches out of the zone, but that’s who he is. It was fun to watch on TV. The fact you feel like he’s going to crush a pitch at anytime, I know the fans enjoy that” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We always think the eighth and the ninth innings are the highest-leverage situations in the game but you’ve still got to get three outs before that,” “There are some good left-handed hitters around the league, and when there’s traffic, he has been able to come in and put them out” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s in a good place,” “He has made some adjustments physically. I do believe he’s taking care of his body a little bit better. He has been able to bounce back. He can go back-to-back with good stuff. Right now, he’s on a roll” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He gave us a chance to win,” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “There’s going to be starts where you don’t have your best stuff and you’ve got to find a way,” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “A week ago, we were praising him, how good he was,” “It’s part of the equation. It’s part of 162 games. He’s going through a slump right now. It’s part of it. He’ll lead off tomorrow” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He gave us a chance to win,” External link

wcvb Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He gave us a chance to win,” “He made some good pitches when it counted. He battled. He didn’t have his best stuff, but against a tough lineup, they only scored two in six innings. Obviously, the walks and all that put him in a bad spot, but I thought he was outstanding” External link

wcvb Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:42:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The fact that he hits mistake pitches out of the ballpark is great, but at the same time, obviously this is a guy who can catch up with the fastball,” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It seems like he has gotten away from who he is,” “It seems like he knows the fastball is coming and he’s getting bigger and bigger. Sometimes, we forget he’s still young and he’s still learning at this level. Stuff like this is going to happen” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Obviously, these guys, they attack him with fastballs, but he’s still hitting .280 and driving the ball around,” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He gave us a chance to win,” “He made some good pitches when it counted. He battled. He didn’t have his best stuff, but against a tough lineup, they only scored two in six innings. Obviously, the walks and all that put him in a bad spot, but I thought he was outstanding” External link

eagletribune Wednesday, June 2, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “So far in this series we haven’t done much,” “They’ve been doing a good job using their fastballs in certain spots and expanding with their breaking balls and we haven’t made adjustments” External link

bostonglobe Wednesday, June 2, 2021 7:43:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He made some good pitches when it counted,” “He battled. He didn’t have his best stuff but against a tough lineup they only scored two” External link

bostonglobe Wednesday, June 2, 2021 7:43:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s progressing and I do believe, sooner rather than later, he’s going to go on a rehab assignment,” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s Comedy Central, to be honest with you,” External link

bostonglobe Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Right now, obviously, he’s been scuffling,” “He’s been chasing pitches out of the zone. He’ll play the next two days in the series. I just feel like there’s certain matchups that we’ve got to try and avoid to protect him” External link

bostonglobe Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It feels like he’s in-between, too,” “He knows how they’re going to attack him but the fact that he hasn’t been able to catch up with the fastball the usual way he does, it puts him in doubt” External link

bostonglobe Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I made a mistake and that’s part of it,” “I’m not the first human to make a mistake, but at this level with this platform, it’s going to be tough forever. Not only when I’m here but wherever I go” External link

baltimore-cbslocal Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s his right. It’s part of the contract,” “I’m not sure if he did opt out or he’s going to. That’s part of the contract. We were very pleased with the way he’s throwing the ball. He has been throwing his cutter a little bit better. Velocity is OK. Breaking ball has been great. But as of now, that’s all I have. He’s going to opt out and I think we have two days or something to make a decision” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s a lot of stuff on the table,” “We’ve got a 26-man roster right now and he’s not part of it” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Jeff Luhnow ) : “Out of the whole report, Jeff talking about myself and saying ‘the bench coach,’ that really bothered me,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, June 1, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s a lot of stuff that happened through the investigation that’s tough to swallow,” “I made a mistake. I went through the process and after that MLB did the right thing. I’d rather stay away from personal relationships” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, June 1, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “At the end, people are going to judge us for what we did, but at the end it was still a good baseball team,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, June 1, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’ve been telling the guys, and you guys can ask them if you guys want to, but they know I put myself in this situation. I handle the situation the way I’m going to handle it. I’m not afraid to talk about it. It’s part of who I am,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, June 1, 2021 6:21:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “At this level, on this platform, it’s going to be tough forever. It’s not only when I come here. It’s going to be when I go to other places,” “For people to judge me, I understand. There’s nothing I can do. There’s nothing I can do to change the past” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, June 1, 2021 6:21:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was getting hard to get him at-bats and, although he’s important for us in the present, he’s very important for us in the future,” External link

masslive Tuesday, June 1, 2021 1:28:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I told him that if he throws the ball the way he threw it today, with one more adjustment, we’re in a good place,” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, June 1, 2021 5:16:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s not about hitting it hard all the time,” “You make contact, good things happen, and today they did that. They’ve been doing that the whole season” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, June 1, 2021 5:16:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This guy, he’s a gamer. We know what he brings to the equation defensively. When he’s locked in, it’s fun to watch,” “He’s made some adjustments. He’s actually been more disciplined, although he’s not walking that much, but he’s controlling the at-bats… We’re very pleased with where he’s at offensively” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, June 1, 2021 4:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “His stuff looked electric [on Saturday],” “He’s in a good place. He’s made some adjustments. Physically, I do believe that he’s taking care of his body a little bit better. He’s able to bounce back, he can go back-to-back with good stuff, and right now he’s on a roll” External link

bostonglobe Tuesday, June 1, 2021 4:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He hasn’t put it all together,” “We talked about the cutter on the last one and today was his best (cutter). Stuff-wise, his fastball was up there with the best outings. He made some good pitches to a tough lineup. He wasn’t able to put some guys away. Everything came on the changeup. We’ll keep working and get him ready for the next one” External link

masslive Tuesday, June 1, 2021 3:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I told him that if he throws him the ball the way he threw it today with one more adjustment, we’re in a good place,” External link

masslive Tuesday, June 1, 2021 3:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s not comfortable when you go out there and get beat,” External link

masslive Tuesday, June 1, 2021 3:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Obviously, it’s not my proudest moments, right, the last 14, 15 months when we talk about Houston and myself. The fact that we’re playing good baseball and the story should be the Boston Red Sox against the Houston Astros, two of the best teams in the big leagues, it helps,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Obviously those are not my proudest moments the last 14, 15 months when we talk about Houston and myself,” External link

usaToday Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There was a lot of stuff that happened during the investigation that was tough to swallow,” “At the end, like I’ve been saying all along, I made a mistake. I went through the process. After that, MLB did the right thing” External link

usaToday Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Jeff Luhnow ) : “Out of the whole report, Jeff talking about myself and saying ‘the bench coach’ that really bothered me,” External link

houstonchronicle Monday, May 31, 2021 10:26:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s a lot of stuff that happened through the investigation that’s tough to swallow,” “I made a mistake. I went through the process and after that MLB did the right thing. I’d rather stay away from personal relationships” External link

houstonchronicle Monday, May 31, 2021 10:26:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “At the end, people are going to judge us for what we did, but at the end it was still a good baseball team,” External link

houstonchronicle Monday, May 31, 2021 10:26:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Jackie Bradley ) : “I have good memories. Jackie hit a grand slam, we won a playoff series here. We swept them,” “That’s the good memories. I’ve got good friends around, some good stuff we did in ‘17, but right now as the manager of the Red Sox, this is what I remember” External link

masslive Monday, May 31, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Carlos Correa ) : “Alex is my best friend and he still works for them,” “Carlos is a kid who I really care about since he was a little kid and Martín has grown into me. We played against each other in Puerto Rico. Looking forward to seeing those three guys” External link

masslive Monday, May 31, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Jeff Luhnow ) : “Out of the whole report, the way Jeff talked about myself, just saying, ‘the bench coach,’ that really bothered me,” “I don’t know what was said in the investigation. I know what I said and what I went through. It is what it is. I got suspended. Deservedly so. That’s something, it will always be on my resumé. At the end, we all made a mistake, we all messed up and we are all paying the price” External link

masslive Monday, May 31, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t think I’m the first human being that made a mistake,” “The thing is, at this level and on this platform, it’s going to be talked (about) forever). It’s not only when I come here. It’s going to be when I go to other places and there are situations that are going to come up throughout the season” External link

masslive Monday, May 31, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s going to be interesting, right? Not only here but also back home when the Astros play over there,” External link

masslive Monday, May 31, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “So deciding to take care of Alex as the DH, give J.D. a day to feel better, get some treatment and hopefully, we can stay away from him and get the other guys involved, ” “I think it’s the smart play today” External link

masslive Sunday, May 30, 2021 7:06:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He looked really good. His rhythm was better,” “More locked into his mechanics. The pitches had a better action. And looking forward to him to keep building off of that. He made some adjustments throughout the game. And I think it paid off. So I know we talk about velocity. We talk about location. I think his cutter is not where it usually is. It’s playing more like a bad slider since Texas. And hopefully that pitch plays better. But what I saw that day, those two innings, I’m looking forward to this one because I do believe he’s that close” External link

masslive Sunday, May 30, 2021 7:06:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t think it’s frustrating, baseball-wise, because I believe this whole thing about vaccination is about the outside world,” External link

masslive Sunday, May 30, 2021 4:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Raffy said he flies, so we’ve got to be ready for that,” External link

dailyjournal Saturday, May 29, 2021 6:22:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was getting hard to get him at-bats and, although he’s important for us in the present, he’s very important for us in the future,” “He hasn’t played a lot the last few years. For him to go down there and get at-bats -- consistent at-bats -- and keep improving on swing decisions and controlling the strike zone, it’s very important” External link

masslive Friday, May 28, 2021 11:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We have a good baseball team here,” “We have a complete baseball team here. The thought process is that we need him to get better. We need him to get at-bats” External link

masslive Friday, May 28, 2021 11:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We believe he’s going to contribute this year,” External link

wcvb Thursday, May 27, 2021 2:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We got back to our principles of an offense and you saw what happened,” “If we do that on a nightly basis, we can be very dangerous” External link

wcvb Thursday, May 27, 2021 2:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s a good sign right there, for him to get a fastball and hit it the other way,” “He has been grinding the last 10 days. He has hit some big home runs, too. But he came in and worked hard today with Timmy, Xander and Christian and that work paid off” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We did a good job offensively,” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He was going to go out for the seventh to face Acuña and then after that (Taylor) was going to come in,” “He finished strong. There were a few pitches down the middle, they took advantage of it. Then, he found his groove, got some swings-and-misses, got some strike calls and gave us a chance to win” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I do believe Michael needs to go to Triple-A and keep getting better,” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added ( about Christian Arroyo ) : “In this situation, it made more sense sending Michael to Triple-A and having Christian here,” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We do believe his stuff is one of the best we have,” “And we’re going to use him in important situations. I do believe that the most important thing and the most impressive thing regardless of the results is the way he’s pounding the strike zone. He keeps throwing strikes after strikes after strikes. He’s not afraid of contact, which is important” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We believe he’s going to contribute this year,” External link

ChinaPost Thursday, May 27, 2021 10:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We knew what was going on, but it’s out of the umpires’ hands and the teams,” “It’s the league. If they tell us we have to play, we play” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Matt Andriese ) : “It was tough at the end,” “I was telling them that for Andriese, that wasn’t fair for him to come in and warm up and then they stopped the game and then he’s there for five minutes and he has to warm up again. We’re talking about the health of the player, but understanding it’s out of their hands, we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We believe he’s going to contribute this year,” External link

highlandstoday Thursday, May 27, 2021 8:52:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We believe he’s going to contribute this year,” External link

dailyjournal Thursday, May 27, 2021 8:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Work has been throwing the ball well,” “I think his breaking ball is playing a lot better. And as far as usage, we want him to throw the cutter a little bit more. And we are getting there” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 5:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We always talk about his velocity,” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 3:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Hunter and Bobby, they’re doing good against lefties,” “We can move around Christian. It doesn’t matter. But I think trying to get those two guys an extra at-bat against Smyly, that’s the reason behind it” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s our time to root for her,” “I cannot wait for Saturday. It’s probably the biggest day of my life, to be able to see Camila graduate from high school. It’s amazing. She’s actually the life of our family, the vibe of our family and she’s the leader of our family. I cannot wait for that. It will be a special day” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This girl, she means the world to us,” “She has been through a lot in her life. A child of divorced parents -- that’s not easy -- but the fact we’ve been able to work together and put her in the situation where she’s at right now. She’s going to college, she has been great to us throughout the process. She has suffered a lot the last 16 months with everything that happened with me , but at the same time, our relationship has grown. I explained her a lot of stuff. She had a lot of questions and I answered all of them” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For Will, now pressure at all,” “Just go out there and try to win a ballgame. I told him, ‘No texting, no calling. Just get ready for that.’ He’ll be fine. He’ll be fine. Looking forward for Saturday on a personal note and to see Will go out there and do his thing” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It has been a sprint, but now it starts, actually,” “The fact she’s going to go to college and we’re going to enjoy that, too, it’s going to be amazing” External link

masslive Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think Michael did a good job, especially defensively,” “For a kid that we called up in ’19 out of necessity — we needed somebody to stand at second and swing the bat — he’s become a good second baseman. He turned some good double plays. He made all the plays. He did well. Of course, there’s stuff offensively that he needs to keep working on. And now is a good time for him to go down there and do that” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 26, 2021 6:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s become a good baserunner, a fast runner, to be honest with you,” “And we were very pleased. But right now, he needs at-bats” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I know it’s tough to be in this situation,” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It seems like he found his rhythm in the third and fourth inning,” External link

masslive Monday, May 24, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “What I saw in the third or fourth inning, that was a lot better than the four starts combined,” “There was good rhythm, good arm action and good pitches. I’ll take that. Obviously, we don’t like the results, but I like the fact that those two innings, he was very aggressive and very sharp” External link

masslive Monday, May 24, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t think there’s a stronger shortstop in the big leagues,” “You see the other guys… (Fernando) Tatis (Jr.), yeah, he’s physical but he’s lean. He looks smaller. This guy is a strong shortstop. We talk about Alex (Rodriguez )and (Cal) Ripken — these guys. Those types of guys. He can play the position. We know that. But it gets to the point in certain times that you can see (it). He’s getting on base at a high rate, too, so we have to take care of that, too” External link

masslive Monday, May 24, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s hard to do what he’s doing,” “You start looking ahead and what’s coming is long games for a long period of time. We’ll take advantage of today and tomorrow” External link

masslive Monday, May 24, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s going to be a challenge in the upcoming days,” “We’ve got Atlanta, a playoff team. We’ve got the Marlins a playoff team. We’ve got the Astros, a playoff team, and then we’ll go to New York, another playoff team. Just the nature of our schedule and who we’re playing” External link

masslive Monday, May 24, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The Phillies have a good pitching staff, the Marlins have a great pitching staff, the Braves have the same thing and the Mets do, too,” “It’s a challenge but we believe we belong with the best of the league so we’ve just got to keep playing good baseball and keep winning series” External link

masslive Monday, May 24, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s a good learning experience,” “Obviously, to play for your country is an honor. It’s a great opportunity for them to learn from some guys who were very successful at this level. I hope for them that they can contribute and do the job” External link

masslive Monday, May 24, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think it’s a great experience,” External link

masslive Monday, May 24, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This is part of, actually, player development,” “You’re going to be around some guys who have done it at the highest level of competition — one of the highest levels. It will be great for them” External link

masslive Monday, May 24, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He was able to elevate his fastball and his two-seamer kept us honest,” “We felt we put some good at-bats and put a good swing. But he’s one of the best and he’s very impressive” External link

dailyjournal Monday, May 24, 2021 12:30:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s playing again today and we’ll re-assess the situation after the game but it looks like he’ll be okay,” “We’ll talk to him afterwards and we’ll make a decision, probably tomorrow or before the game. But it’s trending up and he’s feeling good” External link

masslive Sunday, May 23, 2021 10:57:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “After that, we’ll re-assess the situation,” “The hope is for him to start his throwing progression in three weeks. We’ll see how it goes” External link

masslive Sunday, May 23, 2021 10:57:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was actually a great at-bat,” “I always joke around with them about 3-2 counts at the big-league level right now. If you are a bad hitter and you have no chance, it should be auto-take because it’s 50/50. 50% it’s a ball, 50% it’s a strike. If you swing, the odds of you getting on base go way down. I don’t know how many hits he has. He didn’t say it was an auto-take but I’ll take credit for that one. They know about the 50/50” External link

masslive Sunday, May 23, 2021 10:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s a good player. He had a great season a few years ago,” “Just the way he controls the at-bat, there’s no panic. The way he takes pitches. He can drive the ball the other way and you know what that means at home. He can shoot it the other way with power” External link

masslive Sunday, May 23, 2021 10:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Probably his best start in professional baseball,” “In the minor leagues, he struggled the first part of the season and then finished where he always finishes. He did an outstanding job in the offseason, too, physically. I think last year wasn’t fair for him. Going into spring training, everything I heard and what I saw, he was in great shape. Then he goes to the Dominican Republic and for how tough things were in the States, it was tougher down there. He didn’t have the facilities to take care of himself. Actually, we spoke a few times during the shutdown and he was afraid. He was afraid of just leaving the house. He’s just a kid. We were all afraid, and for him not to be able to do the things he normally does to prepare for a season, it’s not an excuse but it’s the reality. I know a lot of people were hard on him. Nobody was harder than himself. I don’t think it was fair to judge him last year, body-wise, because nobody knew what was going on where he lives” External link

masslive Sunday, May 23, 2021 10:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This month of May, he has been throwing the ball well,” “Overall, amazing against lefties, which is a big difference from ’19. In ’19, he was a reverse split guy. Now, you can mix and match with the rule. You’ve seen him. We’ve got two outs and there’s a lefty coming up, we use him there, then depending on where we’re at in the lineup with the opposition, we’ll push him out there or we shut him down. We’re very pleased with what he’s done” External link

masslive Sunday, May 23, 2021 10:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “One thing he’s fighting is actually catching up with the fastball,” “He has a gameplan, but it feels like — I don’t want to say he’s afraid — but he’s conscious he’s not catching up with it so he doesn’t want to buy into what he’s thinking or what he’s seeing. He feels like, ‘Ok, he’s going to throw me a breaking ball here,’ but in the back of his mind, it’s like, ‘I’ve got to catch up with it.’ This is like the toughest stretch for him with the strikeouts. It has been tough” External link

masslive Sunday, May 23, 2021 10:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He was amazing on the mound,” “He did a good job. He had good stuff, mixed up his breaking ball and threw some cutters to righties. Overall, a good one from him” External link

masslive Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He was able to repeat his delivery and so it was another positive day for him,” External link

masslive Sunday, May 23, 2021 2:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s going to be shut down for a while,” “He’s not going to be able to do baseball stuff for a while” External link

masslive Sunday, May 23, 2021 2:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He has been doing that the whole time,” “Overall, in every outing, he’s giving us a chance and that’s what we wanted” External link

masslive Saturday, May 22, 2021 7:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s a tough lineup to maneuver with all those righties and he did a good job elevating his pitches, using his changeup,” “His stuff was crisp. For him to go six, it put us in a good spot. We were able to stay away from certain guys. Just another good one” External link

masslive Saturday, May 22, 2021 7:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s doing okay. We had to take him out. At the end, it was more like he feels it was nothing. He just got scared,” “We’ll check him out tomorrow and see how he feels. Not sure if I’m going to play him tomorrow. We’ll stay away from him, most likely, and give him some rest. We’ll check on Sunday again” External link

masslive Saturday, May 22, 2021 6:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He said he was a little bit nervous before his first at-bat and during his first at-bat,” “I said, ‘Well, you’re only human. That’s part of what we’re doing. If you don’t feel nervous at this level, there’s something wrong with you.’ We all feel that way on a daily basis” External link

masslive Saturday, May 22, 2021 6:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Eduardo Rodriguez ) : “With Eduardo, there’s a few things he needs to do better but I do believe he’s getting closer... we’ve got to find the right mix,” External link

masslive Saturday, May 22, 2021 6:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “One thing also that I like about the group — today, they’re not caught up on what happened yesterday,” “They’re getting ready for the Phillies, which is the mark of a good team. You’ve got to turn the page, when it’s a tough loss or a W like yesterday” External link

masslive Saturday, May 22, 2021 6:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Eduardo Rodriguez ) : “The last one by Nate and the last one by Eduardo, the batting average for balls in play had to be like .700,” “And that’s going to happen” External link

masslive Saturday, May 22, 2021 6:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We run the bases well, we pick and choose where we want to go and we’ve been pretty effective, but he can run,” “I think that’s a dimension that we’ll add something to the equation. I think, offensively, we should be better. It creates more balance, it gives us more alternatives and we’re very happy he’s with us” External link

masslive Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Marwin Gonzalez ) : “We’re going to move him around, just like Marwin and Enrique,” External link

masslive Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If we can steal at a good percentage, if we’re efficient with it, we’re going to keep running,” “Hopefully, it’s something different we can bring to the equation and can put pressure on the opposition” External link

masslive Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but probably, he’ll play the whole weekend there — the three games — and then we’ll make a decision,” “Let’s see how he comes out tonight. If he feels great, that’s awesome. I think a few games to get at-bats is always useful. The fact he’s playing tells you where he’s at right now” External link

masslive Saturday, May 22, 2021 1:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I do believe getting your legs under you, moving around — playing second, playing short and DHing — is going to help him,” “We’ll see where we’re at after the game tonight” External link

masslive Saturday, May 22, 2021 1:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t let them wear earrings (during games),” External link

masslive Friday, May 21, 2021 1:23:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I do believe honestly that it will be good for baseball in general to have one more hitter,” External link

masslive Friday, May 21, 2021 1:23:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Nick Pivetta ) : “But he went to New York and got one of the best at-bats of the two games — it was Nick (Pivetta) actually,” “But yeah, there’s always a concern. Whenever they hit, you just hope for the best and hopefully nothing happens” External link

masslive Friday, May 21, 2021 1:23:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Don’t get caught up on the homers. The homers will happen,” “He put a good swing in there. It was a line drive that just kept going. He can do that. Yesterday, he had a 3-2 count, stayed on a breaking ball and hit it hard. Hopefully, this is the beginning of something good for him” External link

masslive Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s working the count, he’s getting into hitters count, but he’s expanding a little bit,” “He’ll get in trouble there. That (homer) was good to see” External link

masslive Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It was a big home run right there, a big run for us. In these conditions, every run counts,” External link

masslive Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He has been really good about simplifying stuff. Big communicator,” “This is not an easy staff” External link

masslive Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He did a good job for us a few years ago helping in the minor leagues and whenever he came up here,” “He’s doing an amazing job” External link

masslive Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I just hope I don’t have to use a position player this season,” “We’ll keep it at that” External link

masslive Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We identified a few pitchers throughout the off-season and he was on top of the list,” External link

masslive Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We trusted the player, we decided to move on (him) and now he’s here and he’s doing an outstanding job,” External link

masslive Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Sometimes you try to make big adjustments, and for him, it was the other way around,” “It was simplifying the windup, being more in a straight line to the plate and throwing more competitive pitches. He has done that and he is going deep into games. He was one pitch away from giving us seven today. We’re very pleased with the way he’s throwing the ball” External link

masslive Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "We had good at-bats from the get-go," "We hit line drives. When we do that we also hit a lot of home runs" External link

foxnews Thursday, May 20, 2021 7:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If everything goes well, there’s a good chance he starts a rehab assignment soon,” “He’s actually in a good place” External link

masslive Thursday, May 20, 2021 2:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “One of the things we feel very comfortable is having that extra pitcher because of the rotation,” “But the way they (the starters) have been going, it gets that conversation going. So we’ll see” External link

masslive Thursday, May 20, 2021 2:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He caught my eye in spring training...he’s a good one. I liked what I saw,” “His velocity got better in spring training. He’s a guy we’re looking at for the right reasons and we’re excited about what he’s doing, what he did in spring training, and what he can do in the future” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 19, 2021 1:26:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Command is not where he usually is, and that’s something that he needs -- regardless of his stuff -- if he’s throwing hard or his velocity is down,” “I think the cutter actually is bigger than usual. We’ll try to find out why. It’s actually playing like a hanging slider instead of him being sharp and dotting that pitch whenever he wants to. He has been able to elevate the last two starts but there has been a lot of contact. I think teams are doing a good job staying with him and going the other way. We’ll go back to the drawing board and see what we can do” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 19, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I don’t want him to get caught up like he has to throw hard right away and then that happens,” “He can actually pitch at 91-92 (mph) and then he can do it the other way around and gain velocity throughout the outing. Those are things that we’ll take a look at” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 19, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “They did an amazing job with the clubhouse and the facility to accommodate the visiting team,” “It is different, we know that. The ball flies here and the ball shoots to right field compared to the other places we have played” External link

dailyjournal Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s a guy that got my attention in spring training,” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 19, 2021 4:23:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Brian Cashman ) : “Actually, when we went to New York, I gave (Cashman) a call and I was like, ‘Man, those two guys are amazing,’” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 19, 2021 4:23:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Adam Ottavino ) : “I don’t think Adam was sharp today and we’ve got an off day tomorrow,” External link

masslive Monday, May 17, 2021 7:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Mike Trout ) : “Yesterday was an easy day for us. Four outs, it’s not that different for him. He actually got them. It just didn’t look that way (referencing Mike Trout’s bloop single)” External link

masslive Monday, May 17, 2021 7:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Everybody was praising him two days ago when he attacked the strike zone,” “We just keep working. He doesn’t want to walk people” External link

masslive Monday, May 17, 2021 7:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Respecting what’s going on outside of our baseball world… there are a lot of people struggling still and countries that are trying to find a way to get going,” External link

masslive Monday, May 17, 2021 7:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s doing well, he’s playing well, moving well… it looks like, timing-wise, he’s almost there,” “We’ve been moving him around all over the place. He’s moving well” External link

masslive Monday, May 17, 2021 7:09:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Not throwing yet but the reports, everything I read yesterday, Tanner feels quote-unquote normal,” “But obviously he has to go through everything, the rehab. And the doctors will determine how normal he is. But the fact that he’s feeling that way, it’s a positive” External link

masslive Sunday, May 16, 2021 7:23:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It seems like he’s getting beat with fastballs inside. And changeups, he’s rolling over it,” External link

masslive Sunday, May 16, 2021 2:14:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Not throwing yet but the reports, everything I read yesterday, Tanner feels quote-unquote normal,” “But obviously he has to go through everything, the rehab. And the doctors will determine how normal he is. But the fact that he’s feeling that way, it’s a positive. Same thing with Connor down there in Fort Myers. He’s getting treatment but nothing as far as baseball activities yet” External link

masslive Saturday, May 15, 2021 9:56:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s still feeling it towards the end,” “And you can tell. He’s kind of like easy, like babying, you want to call it, his swing through impact. So I don’t think he’ll be ready for a rehab game yet. I don’t think it’s going to take that long, either. I do believe probably toward the end of the week he’ll do that. As of now, we have to reset that plan and go from there” External link

masslive Saturday, May 15, 2021 9:56:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He understands there’s up and downs during the season,” “As long as you keep working hard and stay within yourself and make adjustments, you’re going to be fine. It started with the walk right away in the (second) inning. Then he stole second, which was good. There’s certain times we know he’s going to swing and miss. But the power is there. We know that. It’s just for him to be a little more consistent in certain situations” External link

masslive Saturday, May 15, 2021 6:31:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It seems like both of them are trending in the right direction — especially Enrique,” External link

masslive Friday, May 14, 2021 1:44:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re trying to put the best lineup out there on a daily basis and I just felt the last two days, it was good for him to reset again and give Michael a chance to go out there and play,” “The two were really good today” External link

masslive Friday, May 14, 2021 8:34:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “In a perfect world, (we’d stretch out) just one, but we don’t live in a perfect world,” “When they go, like I’ve been saying all along, it’s good for them to go multiple innings” External link

masslive Friday, May 14, 2021 8:34:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “After two innings, there’s no way he pitches against the Angels, so push him one more inning and hopefully he’ll be ready for Toronto,” External link

masslive Friday, May 14, 2021 8:34:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Bob Melvin ) : “There’s something about their roster construction that it’s tough to match up with them,” “It’s no only about platoon advantage. It’s their bullpen. They do an outstanding job maximizing their roster. Bob is one of those managers — he has been around for a long, long time and he knows how they do things. We always talk about their offense and they hit the ball in the air and they control the strike zone. Although this year, it’s a little bit different defensively. Numbers-wise, it’s not as good as years past, but they always have good defenders, they always have good catchers and they always have good relievers. Whatever they do, it works” External link

masslive Friday, May 14, 2021 8:34:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Bob Melvin ) : “They know how to play the game,” “They do a good job. Talking to Mitch a little bit about (Melvin), it’s refreshing to hear Mitch talk about Bob and how they do things and how they approach the game. They’re always prepared and it’s a testament to who he is” External link

masslive Friday, May 14, 2021 8:34:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Three games in a row, we didn’t do too much, and right away, he hits a missile and just kept running,” “He saw Laureano — he didn’t come up clean with it — and he kept going. Just set the tempo for the whole night” External link

masslive Friday, May 14, 2021 7:28:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It seems like both of them are trending in the right direction — especially Enrique,” External link

masslive Friday, May 14, 2021 3:07:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Seabold is in Florida right now just going through his rehab,” “Tanner is actually feeling better. But that’s about it” External link

masslive Friday, May 14, 2021 3:07:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Nothing as far as rehab yet,” External link

masslive Friday, May 14, 2021 3:07:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re trying to keep our shortstop off his feet today. He has been playing a lot,” “We’ve got J.D. playing left field. He doesn’t care, he loves playing the outfield. So it’s a good opportunity against a lefty to try to take care of some players” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “In spring training, he was a little bit erratic defensively,” “But he’s a cool customer. I saw him play a lot last year. He put some good swings in spring training” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:51:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This is kind of how people react to the shot and he’s feeling better,” “The hope, obviously, is for him to start tomorrow” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:20:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re closer than probably 10 days ago,” “I don’t know how close to 85%, but we are closer” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Overall, a lot better than the last two, maybe three,” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think the (splitter) is playing now better than early in the season or in spring training,” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think yesterday was his best split,” “He got some swings and misses. He has been actually really good against lefties. Struggled with command sometimes. But overall, but he has been really good” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We did it (2018) with Joe (Kelly), (Barnes) and Craig (Kimbrel),” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “At the end of the day, you’ve got to get outs,” “You don’t need a lefty to quote-unquote survive at this level” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Trying to do too much in that situation,” “He froze on the line drive, went back and saw the throw to first and he took off. The effort was great, but obviously, in that situation — second and third — you stay there. He’s such a good baserunner. He thought, getting the run right there, he had it. But it’s a gamble in that situation” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Marwin Gonzalez ) : “Marwin had a good jump but then he hesitated,” “I think if he keeps going, he’s probably safe” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We haven’t been able to do too much,” “We had bases loaded, two outs and we had that kid on the ropes. We only scored one. Double digits in strikeouts again. We didn’t do much. He settled down and started mixing up his slider. The bullpen is that solid, but we know we’re a good offense. When the big boys aren’t swinging the bat, the other guys have to contribute, too” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “Forget the throw, him backing up Alex, that’s what he does,” “We’ve been talking about his defense since Day 1, even in spring training. He finds a way to be where he’s supposed to be. He’s very responsible. It starts in batting practice with his preparation. He saw the play, got there in time. As soon as he threw it, I was like, ‘There’s a good chance he’s going to be out.’ He is that good in the outfield” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 7:29:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re closer. We’re closer than probably 10 days ago,” “I don’t know how close to 85%, but we are closer” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 2:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Christian Arroyo ) : “Most likely, (Kiké) and Christian, they’ll play maybe two games in Worcester,” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 11:55:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Not mapped out, but it’s an idea,” “We feel good about where they’re at. Especially with Enrique. So we would like them to see (pitchers) to play a little bit. It might be one game or two games. Especially in that situation (with a hamstring). To run around, play the outfield, maybe play second base one day. It’s trending in the right direction and it seems like both of them should be with us sooner rather than later” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 11:55:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Like we said when we got him, this is a guy who had a great season two years ago and last season he was hurt,” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 11:55:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “This is a proven big-leaguer, somebody we recognized in the off-season and there’s a reason we brought him to the organization,” “Now, it’s about him building up stamina, getting at-bats, moving around and running around. He hasn’t played in a year and a half. It’s good that he’s here and he’s going to be able to play” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 11:55:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a person and as the captain, he’s doing the things that he used to do, but in a different way,” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 10:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “He’s louder in the dugout for sure,” “It’s not like he’s a cheerleader but he’s a lot louder pulling for the guys” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 10:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He can run a team and he can impact a team,” “I’m glad he’s still with us here. Obviously, I know he has his goals. We talked about it last year a little bit. For him to become a big-league manager is something he really wants. At the same time, right now he wants this organization to win a World Series, which is very important for us. He’s a big part of what we’re trying to accomplish” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 10:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s one of the best defenders in right field,” “If he didn’t get it, not too many right fielders can get it” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 10:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For the negative, there was a positive,” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 10:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Jorge Lopez ) : “Those two guys the last two days have been really good,” “You’re going to run into this. López, last night was throwing 97 (mph) sinker balls and a good changeup and this guy, he has been one of the best the last few years. You’re going to go through stretches” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:58:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re searching. You’ve seen it,” “Obviously, we do feel very comfortable with some of the guys back there. We still have to get these kids going. I think they’re very important. Stuff-wise, we know what they can do. We’ve seen it before. But we need them to be more consistent. When that happens, the structure is going to be a lot easier” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You don’t have to hit rockets or hit home runs when there’s traffic around,” “You put the ball in play and good things happen. That’s what they did today” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We need to get the job done in those innings,” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:38:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora explained : “Because we were set up with (Matt) Andriese with all those righties,” “And I felt like that was good enough (for Pérez) today. He did an amazing job. Had good stuff. Kept them off balance. Just one pitch — that cutter that ran into Mountcastle. But besides that, he was really good and we were set up with Matt to go multiple innings today. So that’s the reason I did it” External link

masslive Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Jacob Jones ) : “The other day I pushed him 5 ⅔ and had bases loaded against (JaCoby) Jones with two outs and he gave up a (single),” External link

masslive Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He is who he is and we like the guy,” External link

masslive Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “But when we got to the eighth inning, they only scored two runs,” “So that’s the name of the game. Avoid runs and score runs. And today we didn’t score runs. But as far as the usage and all that, I don’t think that’s an issue. We manage the game as a group. And we have a plan. Against Detroit, we left him in against the righty and we got burned. And today, we felt like 5 innings was perfect” External link

masslive Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s no timetable, but this is something we feel will be short term,” External link

wcvb Monday, May 10, 2021 3:09:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s no timetable, but this is something we feel will be short term,” “It’s not something where we are overly concerned” External link

ChinaPost Monday, May 10, 2021 1:09:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s no timetable, but this is something we feel will be short term,” “It’s not something where we are overly concerned” External link

seattlepi Monday, May 10, 2021 12:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s no timetable, but this is something we feel will be short term,” “It’s not something where we are overly concerned” External link

dailyjournal Monday, May 10, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There’s no timetable, but this is something we feel will be short term,” “It’s not something where we are overly concerned” External link

highlandstoday Sunday, May 9, 2021 11:55:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When things are not going good, they’re pouting. When things are going great, they celebrate like a Little League team,” External link

masslive Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He's probably the best offensive shortstop in the big leagues,” External link

wcvb Sunday, May 9, 2021 6:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Christian Vazquez ) : “When Christian is just hitting line drives all over the place, it gets the line moving,” “Sometimes he gets caught up on hitting the ball in the air and all that. Understandably so because he can do it. But when he starts spreading the ball all over the place and becomes the complete hitter, he changes this lineup” External link

masslive Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:50:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For him to go seven (innings) was huge,” “We were able to reset our bullpen and now we are at full force tomorrow” External link

masslive Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:50:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “Besides that, he’s been OK,” “Obviously the walks against lefties, it concerns you. Walks from the bullpen, it always concerns you. But I think it’s just a slight adjustment. Being able to elevate the fastball. I’m not saying just throw it up there all the time. You’ve got to get ahead. But you can expand up. And then if he goes up, they get to the limit, and then he can use that split, which I think has been playing better lately. I think that is the next step, just to make sure where to use his weapons. And I think that fastball should play up in the zone” External link

masslive Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:50:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He's probably the best offensive shortstop in the big leagues,” External link

usaToday Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He's probably the best offensive shortstop in the big leagues,” External link

eagletribune Sunday, May 9, 2021 6:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Fastball is down in the zone,” “That’s something that we have talked about it. We actually we want him to elevate” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, May 9, 2021 3:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s what they’re hunting and they put good swings on it,” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, May 9, 2021 3:17:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He can play first, second, third. We can put him in left field,” External link

wcvb Saturday, May 8, 2021 6:44:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "A single by Trey Mancini gave the Orioles their first run of the night in the fifth and Mountcastle cut the margin to 4-2 with a solo homer an inning later off Hirokazu Sawamura. Christian Vazquez and Marwin Gonzalez each had an RBI double to round out the scoring for Boston. “We kept playing and when we do that, we are a really good team," External link

wcvb Saturday, May 8, 2021 6:44:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He did a good job in spring training early on,” “I do believe toward the end because of the competition, he started chasing hits and he got out of his approach” External link

masslive Saturday, May 8, 2021 9:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We know what he can do. I saw it in ‘19,” “Obviously the league caught up with him. I do believe he did a good job in spring training knowing the boundaries of his swing. And hopefully, when he gets a chance here, he can do it” External link

masslive Saturday, May 8, 2021 9:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I told him the other day that on one of the websites, they had J.D. (Martinez) running ahead of him speed-wise and he took it personally,” “He’s a good base runner. He’s a good athlete. He’s fast actually. Just gotta be careful with him, right? He’s scores from first. He takes his chances as far as like stealing bases and he’s in better shape than last year” External link

masslive Saturday, May 8, 2021 9:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He can play first, second, third. We can put him in left field,” External link

dailyjournal Saturday, May 8, 2021 8:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We kept playing and when we do that, we are a really good team,” External link

dailyjournal Saturday, May 8, 2021 8:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “He can run. He can play defense,” External link

masslive Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:41:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Most likely if something happens, probably that’s the route that we’ll take,” “He’s versatile. He can play first, second, third. We can put him in left field. Right-handed bat. So if something happens, most likely it will be Michael” External link

masslive Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:41:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Dustin Pedroia ) : “He learned right away what it’s all about to play in this market, this city, this stadium, for this franchise. He doesn’t take a day for granted,” “He’s not as vocal or loud as Dustin [Pedroia] … but he’s always ready. He’s always prepared. He has helped me also off the field” External link

bostonglobe Friday, May 7, 2021 3:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’ve really learned to appreciate him,” “We’ve got a lot of kids out there that we love — Carlos and Francisco, Javy [Báez]. But I’m happy that my shortstop is Xander Bogaerts. Hopefully he can play here for a long, long time” External link

bostonglobe Friday, May 7, 2021 3:32:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We know there’s still work to do,” “Honestly, those conversations… we always talk about our players and what’s best for them. And right now, he has been playing a lot of first base, he has been playing a lot and we’re going to keep helping him out to get out of this. Obviously, people see the slump and they start thinking about the minor leagues but right now, it’s just keep giving him confidence, give him at-bats and see where it takes us” External link

masslive Friday, May 7, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The beauty of our season, it seems like every game, we have a chance to win the game,” “It gets to the point during the season where it’s a close game and you go to those guys. We feel really good about his stuff and how it plays with certain teams. In a perfect world, whenever Matt pitches, he goes multiple innings. Whenever Garrett pitches, he goes multiple innings and we spread them out. As you know, it’s not a perfect world” External link

masslive Friday, May 7, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s part of this. It’s part of being a big leaguer. You’re going to have good day and bad days,” External link

masslive Friday, May 7, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Good to see him smile and contribute,” “He made a nice play in left field, too. It’s not easy. Hitting at this level is not easy. People think he’s not putting (in) work. But he’s been putting work in. He was aggressive right away and that gave him confidence. He got the hits and then he made contact when it matters at the end. He hustles all the time, which is great. And he put pressure on their defense and we were able to score” External link

masslive Friday, May 7, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He made contact when it matters at the end,” “He hustles all the time. He put pressure on their defense” External link

wcvb Friday, May 7, 2021 3:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He thought it was probably a cramp in the beginning, but then he felt it was more than a cramp,” “I don’t know how serious it is. I haven’t had too much time to talk to (head athletic trainer) Brad (Pearson). But we’ll talk about it, and obviously we’ll stay away from him tomorrow. We’ll have more probably later on or tomorrow” External link

masslive Friday, May 7, 2021 2:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We should be okay… this is a grind of 162 (games),” External link

masslive Friday, May 7, 2021 2:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He has helped me also off the field,” External link

masslive Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:48:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Off the field. On the field. Physically, what he does in the offseason, the way he takes care of himself during the season,” “The way he goes about his business. Everything’s about winning for him. He came here in 2013, had a taste, got a ring. That was a special group — a group of grinders: (Mike) Napoli, (Stephen) Drew, (Jonny) Gomes, David (Ortiz), (Dustin) Pedroia. A bunch of grinders. (Shane) Victorino. And he learned right away what it’s all about to play in this market, in this city, in this stadium, for this franchise. He doesn’t take a day for granted. He’s not as vocal or as loud as Dustin. ... But he’s always ready. He’s always prepared” External link

masslive Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:48:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Xander Bogaerts ) : “But I’m happy that my shortstop is Xander Bogaerts,” “And hopefully, he can play here for a long, long time” External link

masslive Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:48:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The steals are a combination of the pitcher, the catcher and the tag,” “I think we have do a better job containing or controlling 90 (feet). That’s something we talked about in spring training. We’ve been okay. I think this team has taken advantage of us with the running game. They’ve been very aggressive. It’s something they haven’t done the whole season. We’ll be prepared. We’ll keep working on it” External link

masslive Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:48:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He got hit in the same hand as he did last week,” “It’s pretty sore. X-rays were negative. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow when he comes in but we’ll stay away from him” External link

masslive Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He came into the office. He didn’t feel right,” “I decided to stay away from him today. Hopefully, he can feel better tomorrow” External link

masslive Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think we should be okay tomorrow, if (Verdugo) plays or not,” “We’re going to have to talk about, after tomorrow, seeing where we’re at physically and making decisions based on that” External link

masslive Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It takes one swing with him,” “I don’t think it has to be a line drive to right field. Just get a hanging breaking ball and pull it for power, something positive” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:00:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think as far as picking throws, he’s been great for us. He’s done a good job,” “He’s made his errors. But as far as helping the [third baseman and shortstop], he’s been solid” External link

bostonglobe Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:00:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As far as their progress and development, now it’s time,” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve just got to find a better way,” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He has been swinging the bat well,” “It started in Texas, right? He hit the home run, but then, like we said earlier today, he got two hits the opposite way. He put the ball in play. He did the same thing. Even the out was a good swing going opposite field. He’s in a good place right now. He looks like he’s having confidence, he’s seeing the ball better and it seems like good things are going to happen” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We had to go win a game,” “Our offense did an outstanding job. We had a hiccup there in the sixth inning when we gave up four. They had traffic and you have to go to the best in that situation” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve been using him a lot lately,” “He pitched three out of four in Texas. I think he went to his off-speed a little bit too much. He wasn’t as aggressive with the fastball. He got himself in trouble. But he got a strikeout with a fastball up so it’s a good learning experience with him tonight” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We had to use Adam earlier because of the matchups and we felt like the matchups were good for us in the eighth inning with Darwinzon,” “It didn’t work out, but Barnesy made a good pitch on Miguel and then he finished the game” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got to give him one more day,” External link

usaToday Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got to give him one more day,” External link

wcvb Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:46:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got to give him one more day,” External link

eagletribune Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got to give him one more day,” External link

highlandstoday Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:51:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I’m happy he’s back doing what he does,” “Like I’ve been saying before, from my end — and that’s what I can control — there are a lot of people who are happy that I’m managing and others that don’t agree. At the end, both of us are back in baseball doing what we love and we have a job to do. It’s to take our team to the next level. In their situation, obviously, it’s a different one than us. He’s going to be okay” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 5, 2021 2:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It has been fine, I think,” “There were 35,000 people in Texas… yeah, they booed me. That’s their right. I understand that. It doesn’t change where I’m at or how I think about the whole thing. I’ve been very open about it the last 12 months or 16 months, whatever it is. People have the right to think the way they want to think about me and I understand that part” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 5, 2021 2:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re going to give him one more day,” “He came in yesterday for treatment on his shoulder. We felt like one more day is going to benefit him so he’s not starting today” External link

masslive Tuesday, May 4, 2021 11:28:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s something, we have to get better. We have to help him out,” External link

bostonglobe Monday, May 3, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’re still a good team,” “Nothing has changed. Like I told you guys when we started 0-3, we felt we had a good team. And after we won all those games, we still have a good team” External link

bostonglobe Monday, May 3, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As a baseball fan, it’s not fun,” “You sit there, and you see walks and strikeouts and there’s no action, not too many balls put in play” External link

bostonglobe Monday, May 3, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The stuff they see on a daily basis is a lot better than the stuff we saw while I was playing,” External link

bostonglobe Monday, May 3, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The game within the game is not played any more. It’s not,” “I think we have to do a better job as an industry to promote contact and line drives” External link

bostonglobe Monday, May 3, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Good for them that they can do it,” External link

bostonglobe Monday, May 3, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I hope they’re doing it right. I guess that’s the way you have to put it,” External link

bostonglobe Monday, May 3, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I do believe that home run he gave up against Seattle, it was a good learning experience,” “It was a reminder that his fastball plays in certain areas and he should attack there. He’s done a good job. He’s made some adjustments with ... his offspeed pitches. Right now, he’s in a good spot. He’s getting a lot of swings-and-misses in the strike zone, which we believe his fastball can do that. ... We feel very confident that he can help us, getting big outs late in games” External link

masslive Monday, May 3, 2021 5:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If they feel they’re OK doing it this way, good for them,” “Hopefully, everybody can do it whenever the states and the people that know more about this virus and pandemic, they’ve decided that we can do that, that will be great. It’s a great atmosphere. It’s a lot different. It got really loud last night” External link

masslive Sunday, May 2, 2021 11:03:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Fenway Park ) : “The 4,900 that we get, they’ve been into it,” “It’s been fun when the weather is good — the three games that we’ve had with good weather. But they’ve been into it. So I think 10,000 people will be good. I don’t know how they’re going to spread them out. ... I think 10,000 fans is good enough for us. Little by little, we’re going to keep adding hopefully. And I can’t wait for Fenway to be packed. Everybody knows the atmosphere. Everybody knows what it means not only for our players but for baseball to have Yankee Stadium packed and Dodgers Stadium and Fenway Park, Wrigley Field. So hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later” External link

masslive Sunday, May 2, 2021 11:03:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We had a chance to put them away, and we didn’t,” External link

wcvb Sunday, May 2, 2021 6:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We had a chance to put them away, and we didn’t,” External link

wcvb Sunday, May 2, 2021 6:31:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Obviously you guys see the numbers, we see the at-bats,” “But the last at-bat (by Renfroe) was a good one. Going the other way. The home run was good. Obviously we didn’t put the ball in play in certain situations. Franchy, I thought, is getting close. He hit the ball in the air to the other side. ... So we’ll keep working. At one point, they’re going to start swinging the bat well” External link

masslive Sunday, May 2, 2021 8:27:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We had a chance to put them away, and we didn’t,” External link

usaToday Sunday, May 2, 2021 7:24:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He needs at-bats. He needs a lot of at-bats. But I can’t tell you how many games. It’s more than two weeks,” External link

masslive Sunday, May 2, 2021 3:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think he starts playing in the infield first and then he’ll move to the outfield obviously because of the arm,” “But he’s in a good spot. He’s a full-go. It’s just a matter of the progression to do it right so we don’t push him too hard” External link

masslive Sunday, May 2, 2021 3:03:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I told him, ‘You’re not playing tomorrow.’ He was like, ‘Nah, I should be OK,’” “And this morning, he texted me right away. He let me know. You’ve got to trust your players, right? He’s not going to lie to us. If he’s feeling dizzy or has a migraine, he’s not going to try to compete that way. So that was an easy one” External link

masslive Saturday, May 1, 2021 8:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s in a good place,” “He’s doing a great job. It’s not only on the field what he’s doing. It’s in the cage, talking to players. He’s on a mission. He’s on a mission” External link

masslive Saturday, May 1, 2021 8:58:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “You have to trust your players,” External link

wcvb Saturday, May 1, 2021 8:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s not going to lie to us if he’s feeling dizzy or has migraine. He’s not going to try to compete that way,” External link

wcvb Saturday, May 1, 2021 8:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Do that consistently over the course of the season, you win 17 games a month, you put yourself in the conversation,” External link

wcvb Saturday, May 1, 2021 8:53:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Like I told you guys, his batting practice yesterday was phenomenal,” External link

masslive Saturday, May 1, 2021 7:37:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The last few days, he’s done a good job not swinging at bad pitches but they haven’t been called bad pitches,” “So we like the fact that he’s controlling a little bit of the strike zone. He went the other way in New York. Just keep pushing. We saw it in spring training. He was able to hit line drives and control the strike zone. Right now, it’s been on and off. But we feel comfortable with that” External link

masslive Saturday, May 1, 2021 2:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “And this is more than Enrique,” External link

masslive Saturday, May 1, 2021 2:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s in a good situation with the Mets,” “I know he has made some moves already that have benefited that team. He’s going to keep working hard to get that team to where they want to” External link

masslive Friday, April 30, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Overall, it’s been a grind the last week, to be honest with you,” “We haven’t been able to do too much. As you guys know, this is a good offense. It’s just a matter of getting back, start doing the things that we do best. Compete out there, hit the ball the other way. And if we do that, we become a good, good offense” External link

masslive Friday, April 30, 2021 10:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think his fastball that day wasn’t his best one as far as location,” “Most of the hits were down in the zone. For me, Nate needs to live waist high, up with his fastball. His secondary pitches were OK. He never found a rhythm that day” External link

masslive Friday, April 30, 2021 10:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If there’s a spokesman in the clubhouse about pounding the strike zone, it’s him and Eddie (Rodriguez),” “He’s been vocal about it, talking to (Matt) Barnes and the young guys” External link

masslive Friday, April 30, 2021 10:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s been great for Raffy,” “They have their games in early work during ground balls. I think he clicked with him right away when he got here and he’s helping him a lot defensively. He’s been great” External link

masslive Friday, April 30, 2021 10:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “They’re working with him. One thing is swing decisions,” “He needs to understand where his power is and where he should swing. He’s been chasing a lot of pitches up in the zone and that changeup low and away. So we start with that. He’ll play tomorrow. He’ll play the next day” External link

masslive Friday, April 30, 2021 10:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Marwin Gonzalez ) : “We use him just like Enrique (Kiké Hernández) and Marwin (Gonzalez) on the offensive side,” External link

masslive Friday, April 30, 2021 10:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Their work for outfield is in BP only,” “They go out there and they shag. But the work they put before games defensively in the infield is eye opening” External link

masslive Friday, April 30, 2021 10:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We a righty (right-handed hitter) in that situation,” “We pushed Martín to get out there. We don’t make a play. And we felt that was a good matchup for us and we got burned” External link

masslive Friday, April 30, 2021 7:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He did an amazing job staying in the zone,” “Had a good changeup. Probably his best changeup. Velocity was down today, 91, 92 (mph). But he was under control. We just didn’t make two plays behind him and it cost us the game. But if he throws the ball the way he did today, he’s going to be in good shape” External link

masslive Friday, April 30, 2021 7:40:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He has a tendency of getting big. He starts hitting too many fly balls and he starts getting long,” “The good hitter is the one that stays short to the ball and drives the ball to right-center” External link

masslive Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “When you can throw strikes with that stuff, it’s easy to trust him,” “He can get lefties and righties out. It was a perfect situation for him” External link

masslive Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For him to only go six, quote-unquote, is a moral victory for our guys,” External link

wcvb Thursday, April 29, 2021 8:05:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “The fastball command has been a lot better,” “He has a good fastball. He was able to use it up in the zone. His secondary pitches have been good the whole season — or the whole month. I think the difference is the fastball in the zone. He has been able to throw it for strikes and that’s what sets up the rest of the secondary pitches” External link

masslive Thursday, April 29, 2021 7:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s what it’s all about,” External link

masslive Thursday, April 29, 2021 7:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added : “We kept saying, ‘Just foul off five more. Five more pitches,’” “I know he wanted to get a hit, but that at-bat probably changed the complexion of the game” External link

masslive Thursday, April 29, 2021 7:47:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For him to only go six, quote-unquote, is a moral victory for our guys,” External link

eagletribune Thursday, April 29, 2021 7:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got to control the strike zone,” External link

masslive Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s just like when you face (Tyler) Glasnow or you face (Lucas) Giolito,” “We’ve faced a lot of good pitching. I know this is the best of the best. He’s up there with Gerrit Cole and it’s not easy, but we’ll take our chances and see what we can do. Get some action, move around, maybe bunt? I don’t know. We’ll try to be in the game and hopefully they pinch-hit for him in the sixth and get him out of there” External link

masslive Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We knew we were going to have some swings and misses,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:48:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added : “For us to be really, really good, we need those guys to do their job,” “It’s not lack of effort. Sometimes, I feel they care so much that they try too hard” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:48:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “They’ve been working on it for a while,” “From the weight room to the training room to the cage. We’ll see how it goes. I know they were talking about swings the other day on the plane. Eddie (Rodriguez) leading the conversation — I wonder why — because he’s the worst. I think Pivetta has nine hits, if I’m not mistaken. (Adam) Ottavino has two hits… We’ll see. We’ll take care of them” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:48:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Luis Castillo ) : “He reminds me of Luis Castillo from the left side,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:18:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora explained : “We got him up (warming) before that. We liked the matchups,” “He has been doing a good job with us. We’ve been using Adam a lot lately, so giving him one more day is going to benefit him. It’s a good fastball, good changeup (for Andriese). He’s been doing this the last two years. It doesn’t matter the role. He gets it done. We love the way he’s throwing the ball right now” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:14:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about error ) : “There’s no margin for error and they can hit the ball out of the ballpark,” “The way he went about it with that fastball up, good changeup, it was really good” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:14:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “This guy is one of the most important guys on our pitching staff because he can do it all,” “He can start, he can give us multiple innings, he can close games, he can set up games. He’s really good and the fact he can bounce back is really important for us and what we’re trying to accomplish” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:14:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ll be very smart about that one,” “It’s 162 games and everybody’s important. For somebody to get hurt doing something they don’t usually do, that would be tough” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 28, 2021 1:44:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We believe that you have to dominate at home,” External link

wcvb Monday, April 26, 2021 3:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We believe that you have to dominate at home,” External link

wcvb Monday, April 26, 2021 3:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He understands that ground balls can turn into doubles. ... He just kept throwing strikes,” External link

wcvb Monday, April 26, 2021 3:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He understands that ground balls can turn into doubles. ... He just kept throwing strikes,” “That’s what aces do. Not a perfect day, just go out there and give them seven innings and flip to the bullpen” External link

wcvb Monday, April 26, 2021 3:01:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He was in the lineup but then obviously the conditions weren’t perfect,” External link

masslive Monday, April 26, 2021 12:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s going through his progression. He’s getting his at-bats,” “He’s feeling good. Actually, I’ve been in touch with him every other day. And he’s progressing well” External link

masslive Monday, April 26, 2021 12:26:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It seems like it’s going to keep getting better and better,” “So I can’t say I’m 100% we’re going to get it in but we’re pretty sure we will” External link

masslive Sunday, April 25, 2021 8:03:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “There was a lot of things we didn’t do right,” “For us to win games, we have to play good, solid baseball. And today we didn’t make contact. We didn’t make a few plays. We didn’t pitch. Overall, just one of those where you throw it away and just show up tomorrow and have a better game-plan” External link

masslive Sunday, April 25, 2021 4:08:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think the action is a lot better,” External link

masslive Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s his first big league experience. And I think little by little, you can see him gaining confidence,” “And we’ll give him leverage innings. That was a huge part of the game right there. We needed that and he did an amazing job” External link

masslive Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Probably he (Whitlock) is a little bit down that he wasn’t able to finish that inning knowing where we were bullpen-wise coming into the game, but what he did was amazing and we’re very pleased with the way he’s throwing the ball,” External link

masslive Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He had the play right in front of him,” “Sometimes runners take that for granted. It wasn’t a close play at third base. So he saw it. He trusts his arm. He’s very accurate and he got him out” External link

masslive Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Christian Arroyo ) : “The first play of the game he put the ball on the money at second base. Christian, he just didn’t catch the ball,” External link

masslive Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora added ( about Alex Cora ) : “We like Alex, the way he is playing,” “The fact that he can play all over the place and be really good, that’s a plus for us” External link

masslive Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Franchy’s striking out a lot lately,” “That’s something we need to do a better job” External link

masslive Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Bobby Dalbec ) : “There was a situation where we didn’t make contact,” “And Bobby wasn’t playing So I pulled him aside and I was like, ‘That’s what I mean. In those situations you put the ball into play. Even if you hit into a double play, we score a run. ... It’s about scoring runs” External link

masslive Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s such a strong guy and he can get to whatever,” “That was a great game by him today” External link

usaToday Saturday, April 24, 2021 7:43:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve got to avoid that (the walk),” “He needs to get big outs. Can’t go to Darwinzon (Hernandez) in that situation down one (run), trying to chase wins. If we’re going to chase a win, JT has to do the job. And so far, he hasn’t done it. Velocity’s there. The slider is OK. I do believe he’s avoiding the strike zone. When you do that, then it’s bases loaded, one out. Advantage to the hitter. Get ahead and bury the guys. That’s what you’ve got to do and he hasn’t done that so far” External link

masslive Friday, April 23, 2021 1:50:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Everybody thought his numbers against righties were going to be down and he was going to be really good against lefties,” “It’s been the other way around” External link

masslive Friday, April 23, 2021 1:50:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He gets to the 3-1, 2-0 counts and he gets big,” External link

masslive Friday, April 23, 2021 1:50:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “One thing we’ve been doing an outstanding job is keeping the ball in the ballpark,” External link

masslive Friday, April 23, 2021 1:50:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He was playing where he was supposed to,” “From the dugout, you can’t tell. I’ll take a look at it. He gave the effort. It’s not about the routes or the way he was planning. I think, for as good as we pitched today, we didn’t pitch well. We walked too many guys (7). There was a lot of traffic at the end and we weren’t able to put them away” External link

masslive Friday, April 23, 2021 10:16:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Where we’re at right now and where we’ve been playing the way we’ve been playing, the way we’ve been using (relievers), you’ve got to be careful,” External link

masslive Friday, April 23, 2021 9:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We have a good baseball team,” External link

masslive Friday, April 23, 2021 9:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “In that inning, the big at-bat was Crawford’s,” “They score one run — we’ve been talking about it. That one run really doesn’t matter. We’ve got to avoid the second run” External link

masslive Friday, April 23, 2021 9:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “We’ve been saying that all along but somebody has to step up,” “The bottom line is, we had a lead going into the eighth and we ended up losing the game. We feel we’re capable, we’ve got capable guys. But people have to step up and do the job” External link

masslive Friday, April 23, 2021 9:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Had a conversation with Adam and Adam was like, ‘Alex, just, I’ll get outs in the seventh or the eighth. Barnesy is ready for this,’” External link

masslive Friday, April 23, 2021 5:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Overall, the stuff is actually that good... We’re very pleased,” “It’s not only what he does in between the lines. It’s what he does in the bullpen, the communication with other guys. He has made us better. Not only roster-wise, but also as far as like the communication and things to look for. Scouting-wise, he has been amazing. He has been great for us” External link

masslive Friday, April 23, 2021 5:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “That’s something that has been happening throughout the league and we know that’s something that might happen,” External link

masslive Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He was down there working with (hitting coaches Tim Hyers and Pete Fatse) today. Just out in front,” “He’s a little bit off balance, kind of like lunging toward the ball. That’s why, you see those pitches outside… he probably feels like they’re way off and they’re actually good pitches. It’s something that we saw last year with the Rays. He was in such a good place in spring training. We feel like we can get him back to do that again” External link

masslive Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:10:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He can work on it in between starts,” “He’s an established big-leaguer with a track record. He has been working on it but we have to find it. We have to find that pitch. It’s hard to maneuver a big-league lineup with one pitch. It seems like it has been that way during the season. If we can get that pitch back to what it was in the past and use the curveball good, we’re going to have the guy we envisioned before the season” External link

masslive Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s more about accountability. I hope that we all understand as a society that if you don’t do things right, you’ve got to pay the price,” “Hopefully, this means that there is a change in society and this is the beginning of something. It was a huge day yesterday. Hopefully, from now on we understand that’s the way things are going to go” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 21, 2021 11:50:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora asked : “Hopefully this is the beginning of something,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 21, 2021 11:50:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s evolving into one of the best lefties in the league,” “He attacks the zone with good stuff. The tempo is magnificent. He slows the running game, too. He has a good feel of what he wants to do” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 21, 2021 9:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I think he’s past the emotional side of it,” “Not pitching last year and all that stuff. He’s locked in on what he has to do. He has been great for us in three starts” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 21, 2021 9:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It’s just a matter of time of when he gets on the mound. We’ll go from there,” External link

ChinaPost Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Some testing didn’t go the way it should have gone,” External link

ChinaPost Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:36:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “He’s going down there to keep his rehab (going),” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 21, 2021 3:42:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “I do believe him being around us in Boston, it makes a difference,” “It’s hard to be the guy — you’re injured, you just go there, get your rehab and then go home. Being around the guys and helping us in different ways has benefitted us. Mentally, he’s in a great place. Physically, he feels great, so now it’s just a matter of when he’s going to get on the mound and go from there” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 21, 2021 3:42:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “When it’s time to go, you have everything down there,” “Obviously, there’s going to a process, progression on the mound and all that. When it comes down to the other stuff — bullpens and live (batting practice sessions) and facing hitters or somebody stepping up — it’s a lot easier down there” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 21, 2021 3:42:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “As far as the plan and all that, I don’t have it on me, I’m not going to get deep into that, either, but he’s in a good spot right now,” External link

masslive Wednesday, April 21, 2021 3:42:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I wanted to give Raffy a day and Alex a break,” “Ryu is a tough lefty against lefties. We just put a bunch of righties and hopefully we can get the ball up, hit it in the gaps and have a good offensive night” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:58:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Some testing didn’t go the way it should have gone,” “I’ve been tested for the last 24 hours and things are trending in the right direction. One more hurdle and everything should be fine. I can tell you right now, I’m not sick” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : "Today, there's some guys that are going to get the vaccine," External link

wcvb Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "We got guys that have families and have kids already to guys that are trying to have kids. There were a lot of good questions and we provided them with people that are experts on this and they had answers." External link

wcvb Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:06:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “It started with Enrique and the line kept moving,” “Probably the best inning of this short season. Line drive after line drive, quality at-bat after quality at-bat against a good pitcher. One of the best in the league. It was fun to see” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 20, 2021 3:23:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “For them to show up today on a special day here and play that way, that was eye-opening and fun to watch,” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 20, 2021 3:23:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “If we’re going to have a lot of day games, I’d rather have it early in the season because we’re coming from Florida,” “I told the guys, just one more day,” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 20, 2021 3:23:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "Today, there's some guys that are going to get the vaccine," External link

wcvb Tuesday, April 20, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "We're doing it for the right reason. This is more than baseball." External link

wcvb Tuesday, April 20, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "We got guys that have families and have kids already to guys that are trying to have kids. There were a lot of good questions and we provided them with people that are experts on this and they had answers." External link

wcvb Tuesday, April 20, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : "Today, there's some guys that are going to get the vaccine," External link

wcvb Tuesday, April 20, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Today, there’s some guys that are going to get the vaccine,” “I’m not going to tell you how many” External link

bostonherald Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:49:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Today, there’s some guys that are going to get the vaccine,” External link

bangordailynews Monday, April 19, 2021 9:54:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said : “Today, there’s some guys that are going to get the vaccine,” External link

ChinaPost Monday, April 19, 2021 8:10:00 PM 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 : “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 : “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 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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “There’s a pretty good chance,” External link

masslive Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6:32:00 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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 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’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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 : “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 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 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

wsoctv Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:26:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
coach71.43%EN10/30/201730/10/2017
manager14.29%EN10/24/201724/10/2017
future manager7.14%EN10/24/201724/10/2017
former teammate7.14%EN06/17/201617/06/2016
Names Lang Count
Alex CoraEN100.00%


 
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Alex Cora added ( about Alex Cora ) : “He started choking up a little bit,” “It feels like you have more control of the barrel that way. There was a game he didn’t play. Alex (Verdugo) didn’t either. I saw them talking a lot. And I think that came from that conversation. But at the end of the day, we know when he gets into a roll, he’s really good” External link

masslive Sunday, June 20, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “It was huge for us, where we were,” “He has been doing that a lot this season. He did it a lot last season for this team. The difference is now we’re in this situation and people can talk about Alex” External link

masslive Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:20:00 AM EAT

Brett Gardner told ( about Alex Cora ) : “Having him (Cora) back in the dugout obviously makes me want to beat them more,” External link

masslive Monday, June 7, 2021 9:54:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I think Alex actually is our complete hitter,” External link

bostonglobe Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:21:00 AM EAT

Alex Rodriguez said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I think Alex Cora is the best manager in the game,” External link

bostonglobe Saturday, June 5, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Hunter Renfroe said ( about Alex Cora ) : “The Red Sox were in pretty heavy from the start,” “I knew that was kind of what I wanted to do really early. I knew Alex (Cora) was an incredible coach and a guy to play for. I reached out to a few guys I know that said incredible things about him. I reached out, talked to him, had a good conversation with him and Chaim and we kind of knew from then. We knew that we were going to sign with them probably a week before we did” External link

masslive Friday, June 4, 2021 6:43:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “So deciding to take care of Alex as the DH, give J.D. a day to feel better, get some treatment and hopefully, we can stay away from him and get the other guys involved, ” “I think it’s the smart play today” External link

masslive Sunday, May 30, 2021 7:06:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “Forget the throw, him backing up Alex, that’s what he does,” “We’ve been talking about his defense since Day 1, even in spring training. He finds a way to be where he’s supposed to be. He’s very responsible. It starts in batting practice with his preparation. He saw the play, got there in time. As soon as he threw it, I was like, ‘There’s a good chance he’s going to be out.’ He is that good in the outfield” External link

masslive Thursday, May 13, 2021 7:29:00 AM EAT

Jason Varitek said ( about Alex Cora ) : “But that’s not the focus right now,” “The focus right now is what you can do to make this team the best that you can. We have an unbelievable leader around us (Cora) and it’s a great working environment to work with” External link

masslive Wednesday, May 12, 2021 10:38:00 PM EAT

Alex Cora added ( about Alex Cora ) : “We like Alex, the way he is playing,” “The fact that he can play all over the place and be really good, that’s a plus for us” External link

masslive Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Adam Ottavino said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I’ve been in that situation where I’ve been the guy that has been the guy in a place and then have a new guy come in and take that role,” “I didn’t really want to cause any waves or anything like that. I could see that it meant a lot to him so I basically told Alex, it’s not vital for me. I’d do the job -- I would love to have it -- but at the same time, I understand that I can do other roles and help this team, too” External link

masslive Friday, April 23, 2021 5:39:00 AM EAT

Alex Cora said ( about Alex Cora ) : “I wanted to give Raffy a day and Alex a break,” “Ryu is a tough lefty against lefties. We just put a bunch of righties and hopefully we can get the ball up, hit it in the gaps and have a good offensive night” External link

masslive Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:58:00 PM 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 ( 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

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