A desire to figure this thing out might ultimately be the best bonding agent of all.

Ainge pointed out how, even after acquiring Thomas midseason during the 2014-15 campaign, the Celtics were able to jell quickly and surge to the playoffs in part because of how much the players on that team wanted to win. He feels a similar vibe with this group.

Game Womens Ryan Getzlaf Jersey Obviously, there was some talented players, but there was a hunger from each of the players that I think is sometimes underestimated, said Ainge. Obviously, it’s gonna take time for Brad to figure out who plays best with each other and so forth, but I think that enthusiasm, that excitement that each one of our players has right now is unique and special, and we have some very special, talented players. I think that can sometimes make up for the continuity.

Although I will say the longer they play together, the better they should get.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Brandon Drury added a pinch-hit, three-run shot in the seventh, but the Diamondbacks are on the brink of elimination after Robbie Ray and reliever Jimmie Sherfy couldn’t contain the Dodgers’ lineup.

Francona, from his vantage point in the dugout, noticed Kluber was sitting on his back side more than usual and seemed out of sorts mechanically. Kluber tried to work out the kinks with pitching coach Mickey Callaway in his between-starts side session, and he’s ready to try and rectify everything that went wrong in Game 1.

I didn’t pitch well, didn’t have good command, didn’t throw the ball where I wanted to,” Kluber said. So that’s kind of what it boils down to.”
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While there’s a natural inclination to think Kluber will be extra motivated to bounce back from a rare downer of a day, he never strays from his approach regardless of the circumstances. When the Indians lined up for the opening introductions before ALDS Game 1 and the home crowd cheered wildly for him, Kluber didn’t smile, tip his cap or change his expression one iota. It was a snap shot of the demeanor he shows around the park from the first day of spring training until the Indians clean out their lockers at the end.