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Reaction from a day Casey Kelly won’t soon forget

03.07.10 at 5:10 pm ET
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Following the Red Sox’ come-from-behind, 5-4 win over the Orioles — in which Mark Wagner hit the game-winning homer in the ninth inning and Casey Kelly got the win in his hometown of Sarasota — Terry Francona, Kelly and Wagner all spoke to the media.

FRANCONA

On Buchholz: “You know what, Gave up the home run and then walked the next two hitters. That would be the one thing that OK, give him something to talk to Johnny [Farrell] about tomorrow. I thought his stuff was fine. Up a little bit.”

On Kelly: “Very good. Poise. Threw all his pitches. He threw a 3-2 breaking ball. He’s trying to use all his pitches. You see him follow the catcher, which is nice. Even the umpire, between innings, was like, how old is that kid? Very mature, stays in his delivery, uses all his pitches and he stays down. It’s a good combination.”

On Boof Bonser: “He’s got a nice, clean delivery. For a guy who has gone through some things with his shoulder, he likes to pitch. He doesn’t look scared. He’s a really interesting guy. We’ll try to build him up and see where it will take him. I think as he builds up and gets some of that velocity back, he gets a little bit more interesting.”

On Daisuke Matsuzaka’s bullpen session: “Command was a little bit spotty, which I’d think you’d expect. But health-wise, I think Daisuke felt good about it. Johnny [Farrell] felt good about it. We will re-evaluate tomorrow on the next couple of days, if it’s a day in between or two days in between.”

On Wagner: “It’s fun to watch these young guys because you forget that they’re probably so excited. He got the double the first time and you forgot the score and we were losing and he tries to take off on a ball up the middle but it’s good, because it gives you something to talk about. Then he stays on a ball enough to get it out of the ballpark. And he throws really well. Yeah, it was exciting.”

KELLY

On nerves: “I was trying to get the nerves pitching out of the way in your hometown and build on my last outing, try to calm down and get in the strike zone early.”

On number of tickets left: “I only left six or eight tickets, a bunch of friends and all these other people, I saw in the stands.”

Was he glad to pitch in hometown, or was it overwhelming: “No, it was really exciting to be able to pitch in front of your hometown and pitch in front of your family, so it was a fun time?”

What he was working on: “Last outing, I just tried to establish my fastball, get ahead in the count early and pound the zone. I got a couple of ground balls and the defense made good plays.”

In his mind he was going against better hitters than last time: “No, because that’s when you start to psych yourself out, I think. All I concentrate on is what I have to do. I feel like if I locate my fastball and throw it in the zone, good things will happen.”

Was it good to work from the stretch (after issuing a walk): “I wasn’t planning on doing that at all but it was good to get somebody on base and get in the stretch, do a couple of pickoffs, having a guy on second, just working on that was good.”

On keeping things in perspective: “I’m kind of staying one day at a time, focused on what I have to do to get better every day. Being around all the guys here is just unbelievable, watching them and how they go about their business and maybe take it to help my season this year.”

WAGNER

“I just like playing man, I like playing in general. It’s fun to get in there and show what you can do in front of the guys. Hopefully meld good with the teammates, it always helps when you come along and get a big hit every now and then, so.”

On Kelly: “Excellent. He was very composed, and his normal self, which is obviously pretty solid.”

On giving Kelly advice:  ”No, well, I had a question for him because there was this girl I met the other night, and we were on the mound and I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t know what to do.’ No, it was good. When he goes out and throws his game, there’s nothing you even need to talk about. It was good.”

On the home plate umpire asking about Kelly: “Actually, the umpire behind the plate was asking about him. He’s like, This kid’s only like 20-something?’ He shows a lot of composure out there, and you wouldn’t even recognize that he’s a young pup like he is. That’s what makes him so good already.”

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