Quote to note

Quote to note

"The last [11] outings, he had [11 saves] in a row. Now, all of a sudden, I'm getting asked about matching up in the ninth? That doesn't make a lot of sense. I think you maybe need to sometimes step back. He blew a save. Unfortunately, it hurts, but that's part of the game."
-- Francona, on closer Perez

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