Before Monday's game against Oakland, Sox manager Terry Francona talked about the double-edged sword that comes with the trade deadline in Boston.
"I think it's probably harder on the players (than the manager). There's a lot of uncertainty...One of the special things about being in Boston is that we're players on everybody," he said. "Saying that, on the other side, for about one week out of the year, it creates a lot of uncertainty among the players...It's a tough week."
Francona went so far as to suggest that some of the team's current struggle "has to deal with uncertainty."
--Francona also spoke on other topics, including third baseman Mike Lowell, who is out for a second straight day against right-handed starter Trevor Cahill of the A's. Francona said that Lowell will be back in the lineup soon, but that there may be some difficult days off ahead: "[We're] trying to string games together for guys as much as we can. ... Rather than trying to appease personalities, we're trying to play who can help us."
--Tim Wakefield is playing catch and showed "marked" improvement.
--On John Smoltz: "We want the results badly, but we can't get so caught up in a frenzy to almost assassinate somebody, let alone keep him here, that we lose sight of what we need to do."
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