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Francona after Sox’ win over Jays

05.31.09 at 5:59 pm ET
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Here is  Red Sox manager Terry Francona following his team’s 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre:

‘€œIt started with Lester. He was powerful. Shoot, the three hits were two bouncers to short and the ball to mikey Lowell that would have been a great play at third. He threw strikes, he missed bats. They fouled off a lot of pitches ,drove his pitch count up. He was good. He used all his pitches and there was power behind them.’€

Improve confidence from Lester: ‘€œTrying to always move forward. It should. He pitched great. It’€™s a lot easier to walk away and field good about yourself when you have something to show for it. I understand that.’€

‘€œWe scored early and then we added on and that’€™s always a good way. We spread it out. It’€™s a good way to play. We haven’€™t done that very much lately but it was a very good day today.’€

On first sacrifice bunt of the season for Sox: ‘€œIt was a good bunt. Sometimes the game dictates getting a bunt down.’€

‘€œWe kept plugging away and it ended up being a really good day.’€

‘€œThe one thing I’€™m supposed to be is consistent and that goes against that. Again, we set out our lineup and then I think you let guys play and see how it goes. We’€™re getting to the point where we’€™re 50 games into the season and I think the numbers start meaning something. It’€™s not just a week or two. We need to have our on-base guys for the guys in the middle of the order. It’€™s important. When everybody is hitting on all cylinders, that can maybe not be noticed. But when we’€™re not, it becomes a little more noticeable.’€

‘€œI’€™ve got to look at Detroit. We’€™ll see. I don’€™t think he cares one way or the other. I actually did like our lineup today, but again, that’€™s probably because we’€™re hitting.’€

‘€œHe hit 17 last year. It’€™s in him. I think when his groin was bothering him, I think it was hard for him to do that. He find ways to still be a good player. it was easier for him for a time period there to just use the whole field and not take those swings. In Today’€™s game, that was huge.’€

‘€œHis stuff today was ‘€“ that’€™s as good as we’€™ve seen. He had power behind his fastball. He had the cutter working. Curveball, changeup. That was fun to watch. It was more fun when we spread it out.’€

‘€œI think he went through a period where it was hard for him to take those swings. He came off of that back foot and it hurt. I think that’€™s probably more than anything.’€

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