J.D. Martinez tosses his bat walking to first. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Red Sox skipper Alex Cora is the first manager to win 100 games in his first season with a club since Felipe Alou guided the 2003 Giants to 100 victories, and he's the first since Dusty Baker's 1993 San Francisco squad to turn the trick in his first year leading a major league dugout.
Boston won the East each of the last two years under John Farrell before his dismissal, and ace David Price said Cora's been a positive change.
David, how's he helped your group to the century mark in wins?
"We're staying consistent," Price said. "We're worrying about today, not thinking about tomorrow or worrying about yesterday. I think we've done a tremendous job of that all year long. It starts with AC. He brings that mindset every single day. There's never any panic in the dugout. There's never any panic in the clubhouse. He stays even kiel, and whenever all his players see him doing that, it kind of feeds down the ladder."
Mitch Moreland said clubhouse chemistry and clutch performances have also helped.
"We've got a great group in here, and we came together quick," Moreland said. "We've had a couple guys come in throughout the year and step up big and help us out and help us win games. We all believe in each other, and that makes for a good run."
Sox only have to go 6-and-10 the rest of the way to set a new franchise-record with 106 wins.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports