Red Sox GM threatens changes if team continues to play poorly

Theo Epstein has seen enough.

The Red Sox’s general manager tells the Boston Herald that there will be a shakeup if the team’s poor play continues.

"We’re still playing bad baseball. Unintelligent, undisciplined, uninspired baseball. It’s got to change. It either changes itself or we have to do something to change it," Epstein said Sunday after Boston was swept by the Orioles in Baltimore.

The Sox responded to the sweep — and Epstein’s rant — by routing the Angels 17-8 Monday night at Fenway Park.

The players’ postgame comments betrayed no outrage toward their boss.

"I don’t have a problem with him saying it," infielder/DH Mike Lowell told reporters. "I think I’d have a problem with him saying it if I thought we were playing good baseball. But I don’t think anyone in here thought we were playing good baseball. Hopefully it will start."

Boston was expected to be an elite team after spending big in the offseason for free agents John Lackey, Adrian Beltre, Marco Scutaro and Mike Cameron, but it has stumbled to a 12-14 start. It trails the first-place Rays by 5 1/2 games in the AL East.

Theo Epstein has seen enough.

The Red Sox’s general manager tells the Boston Herald that there will be a shakeup if the team’s poor play continues.

"We’re still playing bad baseball. Unintelligent, undisciplined, uninspired baseball. It’s got to change. It either changes itself or we have to do something to change it," Epstein said Sunday after Boston was swept by the Orioles in Baltimore.

The Sox responded to the sweep — and Epstein’s rant — by routing the Angels 17-8 Monday night at Fenway Park.

The players’ postgame comments betrayed no outrage toward their boss.

"I don’t have a problem with him saying it," infielder/DH Mike Lowell told reporters. "I think I’d have a problem with him saying it if I thought we were playing good baseball. But I don’t think anyone in here thought we were playing good baseball. Hopefully it will start."

Boston was expected to be an elite team after spending big in the offseason for free agents John Lackey, Adrian Beltre, Marco Scutaro and Mike Cameron, but it has stumbled to a 12-14 start. It trails the first-place Rays by 5 1/2 games in the AL East.

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