THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

John Henry addresses the Red Sox winless start

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By Steve Silva
Boston.com Staff / April 6, 2011

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At least one person in town isn't worried about the early season struggles of the local baseball team.

Optimistic Red Sox owner John Henry answered a few questions about his winless club today when he stopped by Fenway Park to accompany Boston mayor Thomas Menino as part of the annual review of ballpark improvements.

"Hopefully," Henry said when asked if starter Daisuke Matsuzaka would get his team going tonight in Cleveland.

Henry did not seem concerned that high-priced acquisition Carl Crawford is off to a slow start with the bat.

"I don't know," Henry replied when asked if Crawford may be pressing at the plate in the early going. "You'd have to ask him. I doubt it. I doubt it."

Henry said he felt comfortable that Crawford would get in a groove by the time the Red Sox return home to face the New York Yankees during the opening home stand this weekend.

The amount of early season panic being reported among Red Sox fans has not surprised the Sox owner.

"This is our 10th year, so... that's not surprising," Henry said referring to the fact that he is accustomed to the knee-jerk responses of certain factions of Red Sox Nation during times like these.

"Do you think they [Red Sox team] feel worse about things than they felt good about things before the first pitch?" Henry asked. "In other words, we're not going to go 162-0, but I don't think we're going to go 0-162. I think somewhere it was written recently that we always get off to a fast start and it hasn't always worked out, so hopefully it will be the other way around this year."

Henry was asked how he thought Liverpool Football Club would fare against Manchester City, who take on Henry's soccer team on Monday.

"This is about baseball today," Henry said.

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