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Alex Cora on removing Boston Red Sox’s Nick Pivetta with no-hitter in seventh; ‘It was a no-brainer’

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora removed starting pitcher Nick Pivetta with two outs in the seventh inning in a midst of a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. Cora replaced Pivetta (at 100 pitches) with left-handed reliever Josh Taylor who intentionally walked Manuel Margot, a pinch hitter for left-handed batter Ji-Man Choi. Taylor then retired left-handed hitter Joey Wendle for the final out of the inning, stranding two base runners.
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Red Sox’s Alex Cora Excited Dustin Pedroia Will Get Ceremony He Deserves

Dustin Pedroia announced his retirement from Major League Baseball in February, and he’ll be honored in front of a Fenway Park crowd Friday night. The All-Star second baseman had his career cut short due to a nagging knee injury that only allowed him to play six total games in 2018 and 2019. He sat out the entire 2020 shortened season before calling it quits earlier this year.
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Alex Cora offered an explanation for why the 2021 Red Sox have exceeded expectations

"We’ve got a bunch of grinders, a bunch of guys that on other teams they didn’t play that much. They’re getting their opportunity to play here." The Red Sox defeated the Rays 9-5 in 11 innings on Tuesday. Rays prospect Wander Franco tied the game at 5-5 in the fifth inning with a three-run home run for the first hit of his Major League career, but Boston scored four times in the 11th to secure the win.
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Red Sox Vs. Rays Lineups: Alex Cora Names Unchanged Group For Second Game Of Series

The Boston Red Sox hope consistency helps maintain their advantage over the Tampa Bay Rays. The eight position players and one designated hitter Alex Cora deploys for Wednesday’s tilt is the same group that started Boston’s 9-5 win over Tampa on Tuesday night. Boston’s victory increased its lead over Tampa atop the American League East Division standings to 1.5 games, and extended the Sox’s winning streak against the Rays to five games, dating back to last season.
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Alex Cora says he'd have hard time asking for foreign substance checks

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is reluctant to push for foreign substance checks on opposing pitchers for a very interesting reason. Cora was singled out as one of the main proponents of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing operation in the 2017 season when serving as the team’s bench coach. With that in mind, he said Wednesday that it would be difficult for him to make a request to umpires to check for foreign substances given his personal history.
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Alex Cora has interesting take on asking for foreign substance checks

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is reluctant to push for foreign substance checks on opposing pitchers for a very interesting reason. Cora was singled out as one of the main proponents of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing operation in the 2017 season when serving as the team’s bench coach. With that in mind, he said Wednesday that it would be difficult for him to make a request to umpires to check for foreign substances given his personal history.
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Alex Cora: Chris Sale Has ‘No Doubt In His Mind,’ As Red Sox Ace’s Rehab Nears Next Step

Chris Sale is poised to get what he wants from the initial phase of his comeback from Tommy John surgery. Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday during his appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM Sale has “no doubt in his mind that he’s going to contribute” to the team’s pursuit of success in 2021. Sale, who underwent the operation in March 2020, has throwing bullpen sessions for a few weeks. He’ll take the next step in his rehab Saturday at Fenway Park when he faces batters — albeit in a setting simulated to mimic games — for the first time since his surgery. Although the Red Sox still haven’t announced a return date for Sale, the ace is progressing toward his goal of pitching in meaningful games late in the season.
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Alex Cora Discusses Umpires Checking Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer For Substances

Umpires checking pitchers for foreign substances is in full effect, and fans have seen some meltdowns since the rules were put into place Monday. Major League Baseball now can fine and suspend players if they are caught with a substance on their glove, belt, hat or anywhere on their body or uniform. The first two full days went fine for some teams, as New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom was checked, passed the test and went on to throw five scoreless innings Monday.