|02.27.10 at 1:20 pm ET|
Batting Stance Guy, Gar Ryness, was down in Tampa for RaysFest last weekend and shared some of his stances for the newest members of the Boston Red Sox. Check out his full site by clicking here. Enjoy the stances of Bill Hall, Mike Cameron, Marco Scutaro, Jeremy Hermida and Adrian Beltre.
|02.27.10 at 12:19 pm ET|
According to a report in ESPN.com (via MLB Trade Rumors) a source familiar with the situation has said that the Red Sox are still actively pursuing Cuban first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz. The 25-year-old is a 6-foot-3, left-handed hitter who has been compared to Carlos Delgado. Earlier in the week it appeared as though the Blue Jays had the inside track on Ruiz. Click here for the story (in Spanish).
|02.27.10 at 12:08 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Terry Francona just announced the starters for the first few games of spring training. Here it is:
Northeastern: Casey Kelly; Boston College: Boof Bonser; March 4: Josh Beckett; March 5: Jon Lester/Tim Wakefield; March 6: John Lackey; March 7: Clay Buchholz.
Daisuke Matsuzaka has been pushed back because of his previous back tweak and won’t throw his first bullpen until early next week.
|02.27.10 at 7:18 am ET|
- The Red Sox starters threw batting practice for the first time with rave reviews. For instance …
Terry Francona on Jon Lester: “I thought he did good. I thought he was a little frustrated with himself the other day on the side day. Today, he felt a lot better. That happens. That’s all part of it. there’s no way you’re going to wake up every day during spring training and feel like … that’s just part of spring training. But I thought he threw the ball really well.”
Francona on the starters in general: “For me, the biggest thing is how the ball is coming out of the hand because we really want them to build their arm strength. When they build their arm strength, then they’ll get to a point where they can go out and pitch and they’re not raring back trying to do more or trying to generate more velocity. They’re trying to get to that so then they can be able to command.”
John Farrell on John Lackey: “Incrementally, another step, increase in intensity. Thought he threw the ball with good downhill angle. His two-seamer had very good life to his arm side. He spun some curveballs for strikes which at this point in cmap that’s what we’re looking for. We’re not looking for the swing-and-miss type, the putaway. It’s getting a feel for a hitter in the box and how they’re reacting to the stuff that each one of our guys is delivering to the plate. The amount of volume picks up a little bit more today with a full eight or 10 minute bullpen, in addition to the 40 pitches of BP. He’s handling the volume well and executing from pitch to pitch thus far.”
Farrell on Tim Wakefield: “We’re all encouraged. These first 10 days on the minor league complex, there’s a lot of volume guys are going through. Not just the bullpens, but all the other activity we’re going through. And he’s respnoded each day, and each day gone out, little more refined and arm strength, evident quality of pitches through length of typical bullpen.”
And just for some visual evidence …
And then there was Casey Kelly, who also threw to hitters for the first time in camp …
- Farrell’s thoughts on the 20-year-old: “Very poised. Very professional approach. He’s got genuine confidence in himself, and I mean that in the right way. He’s not cocky by any means. He’s very respectful. When you see him go about his work, he’s not in a rush. A guy will take a good swing on him, it’s not like he’s got to come back and make a pitch that much better. He knows the purpose of BP and carries that throughout. He carries himself with a very good air about him and one who genuinely is comfortable with himself, even being in big league camp for the first time.”
Kelly also chimed in on how he’s taking in the whole experience: “Right now I haven’t really gotten a chance to ask questions, I think after my first couple outings I’ll ask some questions. Right now its watching how they go about their business, how they do their workouts, how they go about their pens, and just listening to what they say, what they’re trying to work on. Just be like a sponge and try to absorb everything up. Listening and watching is the best way to learn, rather than talking I think. I’m just trying to keep my ears and eyes open and learn as much as possible.”
The one thing you notice about Kelly is his frame and how it will undoubtedly translate into a pitcher the size of Jon Lester down the road. It was a subject that came up with Francona.
“Standing at secod base during BP saying it will be fun to show up two years from now and imagine what this kid will be,” the Sox manager said.
- Adrian Beltre, who rolled his ankle while stepping on a baseball Wednesday, was back in the swing of things and participating in on-field activities.
“I’m fine,” the third baseman said. “There was some swelling (Thursday), but I feel much better (Friday).
- In other injury news, Daisuke Matsuzaka is progressing well and may throw his first bullpen as soon as Monday.
“I think he feels good about himself,” Francona said. “I think tomorrow he’ll probably try to get out to 150, or 140. They’ll need to be a day off in there somewhere. He does feel pretty good about himself. You could tell by the way he was throwing that he’s not nursing his way through it.”
- The condition of Jed Lowrie’s surgically-repaired left wrist has been encouraging thus far, as the shortstop explained, saying “This is the best I’ve felt in a long time.”
- There were also a couple of solid interviews, from Lester and Jonathan Papelbon, in the Dennis and Callahan Trailer (it was too cold to sit at the picnic table). To read the transcripts click here for Lester, and here for Papelbon.
- And then there was Pedroia …
A day after giving the quote of the day, having gone up to Francona and said regarding moving down the lineup, “Am I a table-setter or the table,” the second baseman made video magic with the First Annual Laser Show Push-Up Contest. Enjoy …
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|02.26.10 at 1:00 pm ET|
Jon Lester, one of the members of “The Big Three” of Red Sox pitchers, joined Dennis & Callahan in Fort Myers on Friday. The big left-hander discussed the chance to pitch with two other aces in Josh Beckett and John Lackey.
“I think it just takes pressure off everybody else,” said Lester. “We are hopefully not going to have a lot of losing streaks. Every game is going to be a battle and go out there and put up zeroes. That’s what we get paid to do and hopefully we will able to do it better than last year.”
Lester said he might try and lobby a little harder to stay in some ball games now that he has gained veteran status, but would not brew up any spring training controversy.
Here is a transcript. To listen to the interview, click here.
What would it take for you to rant and rave about taking the ball on Opening Day? We need controversy.
It would take a lot. There are too many good pitchers on our staff to complain about that.
Getting the ball in Game 1 of the playoffs is out the question too then?
It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll take the ball whenever. I’m easy. I’ve never been a big guy in believing in that stuff. Opening Day would be nice. It’d be fun, but at the same time I just want to pitch. Read the rest of this entry »
|02.26.10 at 12:56 pm ET|
The always-interesting Jonathan Papelbon joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday to talk about the offseason that was made longer by the blown save in the divisional series vs. the Angels.
Papelbon said he watched the game film over and over to get himself motivated for the 2010 season. He also chimed in about the contract situation that will follow him around for the next couple of seasons.
“I’ve said this time and time again I want to try and break every record there is to break in a Red Sox uniform,” he said. “There is no question in my mind that that is what I want to do in Boston.”
It’s never a dull moment with Papelbon, as he talked about his offseason duck hunting hobby and how he doesn’t own a dog because he likes to chase down his prizes.
Following is a transcript. To listen to the interview, click here.
We are hearing you got a new attitude around spring training this year, is this true?
I don’t know. I don’t know who wrote that or what they are talking about. I’m kind of on a mission this year. I got new sights ahead of me and I’m kind of taking this spring and focusing on getting back to domination. Read the rest of this entry »
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