Francona discusses Ortiz, Bay, and others

January, 16, 2010
1/16/10
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ESPNBoston's Gordon Edes talked with Red Sox manager Terry Francona about his team and the upcoming season on Thursday. Here are a few of Francona's comments.

On past teams' strong offense: "Our teams have been different. When I first got here, our offense at times was pretty prolific ... we sometimes outhit some of our mistakes ... I don't know how comfortable we were with that."

On pitching and defense: "If you send a guy out there who can pitch and you can catch it, you'll always have a chance to win."

On David Ortiz: "David's a big -- I don't want to say question mark, but when he hits we're a different team. When you have a guy who is a full-time DH, he has to hit.''

On Tim Wakefield: "The days of Wake logging all those innings may be past. But you can guarantee Wake is going to pitch and win his games. We've just got to figure out what's best for him and us.''

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