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Mother’s Day a big deal in the Cora household

Manager Alex Cora knew his mother would be watching the Red Sox game on Sunday at her home in Puerto Rico.Nick Wass/Associated Press/FR67404 AP via AP

The Red Sox donned special-edition pink gear to celebrate Mother’s Day and manager Alex Cora knew that his mother, Iris Amaro, was celebrating the day in Puerto Rico by watching the game as she always does.

“She’s amazing,” Cora said Sunday. “She’s in tune with everything that is going on, she watches every game. Like I’ve said, she can second-guess me whenever she feels like it. She knows the game. Knows the players. She has a pulse, too.”

Cora, who took part in a Mother’s Day-themed New Balance commercial with other Red Sox players that he sent to his mom, said that her baseball knowledge is unquestioned in their home. Earlier this season, she was confident the Red Sox would rebound from their rough start.


During last year’s playoffs, her intuition told her she didn’t need to travel (something she’s not fond of doing) to see earlier postseason games because she had a gut feeling there would be World Series games she could watch in person.

The first thing Amaro shows off to visitors in her home is what she calls her hall of fame. It’s a wall with pictures of her sons making their MLB debuts and of all of her grandkids, plus a growing collection of memorabilia from Alex and his older brother Joey Cora’s baseball achievements from their college, coaching, and playing careers.

Joey Cora is currently the third base coach for the Pirates. She has every team hat both of her sons have worn in the big leagues on display, plus a photo of Alex standing with Michael Jordan when he was in spring training with Joey. Alex is particularly fond of that one.

The Cora brothers have a group chat with their mom and often talk baseball. She chides Alex when he teases Joey for his daring approach to coaching third base. “She’s like, ‘He’s aggressive.’ And I say, ‘No, he’s irresponsible.’ ”


In classic little brother fashion, Cora claimed the group chat is dominated by Pirates talk. “She loves the Pirates,” he said.

Still, Cora said he thinks mom would root for him in a Red Sox-Pirates World Series since he’s the manager. If Joey Cora were ever bench boss against his little brother in a World Series, though, she’d root for him to get his first ring as manager.

“If Joey was manager I guarantee you she’ll be cheering for Joey because I already have mine,” Alex said.

Cora talked about his mom with a big smile on his face, clearly happy to sing her praises on Mother’s Day. He had some other kind words for some of the other women in his family, his sisters.

“You guys know my dad but she was there the whole time and when he passed away she took over,” Cora said. “She doesn’t get enough credit. People always talk about dad and all that but she’s been there for us. It’s fun. Not only for me and Joey, but my two sisters, they’re superstars.”

Update on Pedroia

Cora offered an update on Dustin Pedroia, who was scratched from his rehab start in Double A Portland Saturday night due to knee soreness.

“He was just sore,” Cora said. “He was going to play today but it just got rained out, so most likely he’ll fly in today/tonight, we’ll see him tomorrow and then we’ll go from there. But I talked to him this morning and he doesn’t feel it’s something major, just him being smart about it and not taking chances at this point.”


Pedroia was flying to Boston Sunday night and will be around the team Monday. If he’s ready to play, he’ll then return to Double A Portland. The goal is for him to play three games in a row in the rehab stint.

Pedroia didn’t play Friday, so his scratch Saturday surprised Cora. Though in this case the extra rest is being billed as a smart call, Cora has told Pedroia in the past that he needs to be available consistently if he’s going to help the team.

Pedroia went on the injured list April 18 with left knee inflammation. He has played six games for the Sox this season.

Price close to return

David Price, who is on the 10-day injured list with left elbow tendinitis, could rejoin the Red Sox rotation this coming weekend. Price will “probably” make his first start back against the Astros, who visit Fenway for a three-game series from Friday-Sunday, Cora said.

Price played catch Tuesday and Wednesday in Baltimore and again on Friday at Fenway Park before throwing a bullpen session Sunday. He will throw one more bullpen before the Red Sox decide when he’ll return. Price, who is 1-2 with a 3.75 ERA through six starts this season, went on the injured list last Monday retroactive to May 3, the day after Price felt soreness after a start against the White Sox.


Chris Sale will start Tuesday after the off day Monday. Cora said he was leaning toward Eduardo Rodriguez to start Wednesday where Price would normally go but hadn’t made a final call.

Eovaldi on the mend

Nathan Eovaldi threw in the outfield Sunday for the third day in a row, throwing both from his knees and standing. He’s still near the beginning of his rehab from surgery to remove a loose body from his right elbow on April 23 but early signs are that it’s going well.

Cora said that just about every day Eovaldi walks into his office and demonstrates how much range of motion he’s gotten back in his elbow since the procedure. At first, Eovaldi could just touch his fingertips to his shoulder and now he can reach around and touch his back or the base of his neck.

“He’s in a good spot,” Cora said. “We’ve just got to be patient with him.”

Cora said he’d talked to Eovaldi about this year’s rehab process compared with last year’s, when Eovaldi, then with Tampa Bay, had a similar procedure on March 30, 2018, and returned to the big leagues two months later. Cora said he expects the rehab to be shorter this year.

“I think it’s a different rehab than last year,” Cora said.

Pregame preparation

The players were busy before the game preparing their pink Mother’s Day equipment, which included caps, bats, cleats, wristbands, and catcher’s gear. Many of the players wrote messages on their cleats. “Thank you mom. I love you and you’re the best,” Eduardo Nunez wrote in Spanish on his pink-accented cleats for his mom, Victoria . . . Assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett served as third base coach for the Red Sox. The regular third base coach, Carlos Febles, was hobbled by an ankle issue pregame and was on the bench. Bench coach Ron Roenicke also went home with the flu . . . Gabriela and Christian Vazquez announced their first child is due in December. They were married during the offseason.


Nora Princiotti can be reached at nora.princiotti@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @NoraPrinciotti.