Quote to note

Quote to note

"There's times when you see really good pitching. There's times when there's really good defense. And there's times when you're not swinging it very well. There's times when you don't get pitches to hit. That's why you try to be as consistent as you can over the course of a long year."
-- Francona, on the various reasons teams can go through offensive lulls and how such stretches can be overcome.

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.