|03.09.11 at 3:43 pm ET|
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Mike Cameron — who has not played since last Thursday — will DH tomorrow as the Sox travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays. Cameron told reporters on Tuesday that he would be in the lineup Wednesday at DH, but Terry Francona decided another day of rest was the better course of action. Francona said after the game Tuesday that Cameron had “some tendinitis” in his left knee but were it the regular season he would have been OK to play.
Daniel Bard had struggled in his first two appearances of the spring, allowing a total of four runs and five hits, and Francona Tuesday morning spoke of how Bard had been “fighting it” on the mound. Bard was scheduled to throw in the bullpen Tuesday, but asked Francona to let him pitch an inning in the game vs. the Astros instead. The move paid off, as Bard struck out a pair of hitters in a perfect inning of work. On Wednesday, Bard said that he had solved his problems while playing catch on Tuesday morning, and “something had clicked.”
Carl Crawford spoke briefly at his locker Wednesday about returning to Port Charlotte to face the Rays, and said he was looking forward to seeing former teammates and coaches. He was asked about the difference between Francona and Joe Maddon, and said Francona was “more laid back” while Maddon “likes to be on TV, he’s like a little celebrity over there.”
Dustin Pedroia is in the lineup Wednesday, the first time this spring that he will play three straight days. Pedroia said Wednesday afternoon that his surgically-repaired left foot feels fully recovered, and now he’s just focused on his timing, both at the plate and at second base.
Francona fanned the flames on a potential closer controversy, shooting down the notion that having former closers and closers to be in the bullpen might cause Jonathan Papelbon to worry about job security.
“He doesn’t need to [worry].” Francona said. “I told him he doesn’t need to.”
|03.09.11 at 9:40 am ET|
The Red Sox announced that they have agreed to terms with 15 players on their Major League 40-man roster. Among them was starter Clay Buchholz, who said earlier this spring that he would be open to the same sort of deal signed by Jon Lester (five years, $30 million) when the left-hander had comparabel service time. However, on Monday, Buchholz told WEEI.com that there was no real movement in negotiating a long-term deal. As a result, he signed for $555,000 for the coming year.
The players who agreed to terms are:
Daniel Bard - $505,000
Michael Bowden - $417,500
Clay Buchholz – $555,000
Felix Doubront – $417,000
Stolmy Pimentel – $414,000
Luis Exposito – $414,000
Mark Wagner – $414,000
Lars Anderson – $415,000
Jed Lowrie – $450,000
Yamaico Navarro $416,000
Oscar Tejeda – $414,000
Ryan Kalish – $417,000
Darnell McDonald – $470,000
Daniel Nava – $417,500
Josh Reddick – $417,500
With the agreements, all 40 members of the Sox’ 40-man roster are now under contract for the 2011 season.
|03.09.11 at 8:42 am ET|
Brendan Donnelly, a member of the 2007 World Series-winning Red Sox club, told MLB.com that he is retiring after pitching nine seasons in the big leagues. Donnelly appeared in 38 games for the Pirates in 2010, going 3-1 with a 5.58 ERA.
The 39-year-old right-hander spent one season with the Red Sox after being traded from the Angels for pitcher Phil Seibel. With the Sox he pitched in 27 games, going 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA before succumbing to Tommy John Surgery, making his final outing with the Sox on June 10, 2007. He rebounded the following season to pitch in 15 games for the Indians in ’08, and 30 games with Florida the following season.
Donnelly was drafted in the 27th round of the ’92 draft by the White Sox, who released him the following season. He bounced around the minor leagues — including spending a stint with the Independent League Nashua Pride — before helping the Angels win a World Series in ’02.
The pitcher was named in the Mitchell Report, but has stood firm in his denial that he used any performance-enhancing drugs, releasing the following statement after being identified:
“In 2004 I was having multiple health issues and was concerned about not getting on the field fast enough. I made a phone call to (Kirk) Radomski about a substance called Anavar. Once I learned Anavar was classified as a steroid I realized that was not an option. That was the end of it. Yes I called him. But I did not purchase or receive anything from him and have never taken Deca or Anavar. I fully support the current drug testing program put in place by Major League Baseball and agree with their efforts to widen the testing.”
In regard to his decision to retire, Donnelly told MLB.com, “”Maybe it’s time that I should be home more,” he said, “and start the next chapter of my life.” He also explained that while the lack of interest from clubs after he was released by Pittsburgh in ’10 was part of the impetus to call it quits, the reality that his wife, Rhonda, is six months pregnant also factored in.
|03.08.11 at 4:31 pm ET|
Beckett allowed three hits and one run while walking one and striking out four. He threw 55 pitches, 30 for strikes.
Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen for the Sox. Bard, who had struggled in his first two spring appearances, struck out two batters in a perfect frame, while Papelbon fanned one in his inning of work.
Ryan Kalish had three hits in the leadoff spot, Jarod Saltalamacchia had a pair of hits and Carl Crawford added a double, his first extra-base hit of the spring. In the win, the Sox rallied from a 2-0 deficit, picking up runs in the fifth, six and eighth innings. Nate Spears singled home Paul Hoover for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.
Dennys Reyes pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and Matt Fox struck out the side in the ninth to pick up the save.
The Sox also picked up a win in the other split-squad contest, knocking off the Cardinals by an 8-7 final at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. Jacoby Ellsbury was the story for the Sox in the victory, collecting three hits and stealing a base in the leadoff spot. Kevin Youkilis also had a hit and scored a run for the Sox, and Darnell McDonald had a pair of hits and an RBI.
The Sox host Baltimore at 7:05 on Wednesday night, with Clay Buchholz scheduled to start.
|03.08.11 at 3:25 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. ‘ On Tuesday, Josh Beckett made his first start since suffering a concussion last week. Beckett pitched 3.2 innings vs. the Astros at City of Palms Park, allowing three hits and one run (which was in large part due to Josh Reddick, who lost a ball in the sun in right field, turning a sure out into a Drew Locke two-out RBI double) while walking one and striking out four. He threw 55 pitches, 30 for strikes.
“My curveball was good,” said Beckett. “We [Beckett and pitching coach Curt Young] changed a couple of things in my delivery and are still making adjustments but the adjustments came faster with my breaking ball.”
Beckett used his curveball to strike out Chris Johnson (looking) to end the first inning and Humberto Quintero to end the second (swinging).
Beckett — who said he felt no lingering symptoms from the concussion — is next scheduled to start on Sunday vs. the Pirates at Bradenton.
|03.08.11 at 12:04 pm ET|
“We’re at the point where you have to push it a little I guess,” Gonzalez said at his locker on Tuesday afternoon. “Tomorrow I’ll hit again on the field, and we’ll see how it responds to hitting back-to-back days. Right now the plan is to take it easy on Thursday, give it a rest, and start planning out for some game action next week sometime, or maybe even earlier, I don’t know.”
Gonzalez took 25 swings on Sunday and by our count it looked to be the same total Tuesday. He said his shoulder “felt fine” and has responded well to the increased activity.
Gonzalez wanted to clear up what he views as a misconception regarding the offseason surgery to repair the labrum in his right (non-throwing) shoulder.
“The one thing about this surgery — and the reason I don’t make a big deal out of it — is that I played through it last year,” Gonzalez said. “So the worst-case scenario is that I’m going to be the hitter I was last year. It’s not something that I lost games over and I’m trying to recover from ‘¦ it isn’t really a surgery I needed but it is a surgery that’s going to help me a lot.”
|03.08.11 at 10:46 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Red Sox vs. Astros at City of Palms Park today at 1:05, with Josh Beckett making his first start since suffering a concussion last week. Terry Francona said Tuesday that Beckett will be on a normal pitch count, so look for somewhere in the 50-pitch range. Spilt squad today, as Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis headline a group travelling to Jupiter to face the Cardinals, with Stolmy Pimentel getting the start for the Sox.
Bill Hall made the trip for the Astros, and Francona was asked about what the veteran added to the Sox in his one season with the club in 2010.
“He’s a great guy,” said Francona of Hall, who hit 18 HRs and knocked in 46 runs in his 119 games last season. “I think he had kind of a resurgence for his career. He took a role that probably wasn’t his first choice and ran with it. Because of that, he’s going to get to play every day. Good for him. Short stay here, but good for him.”
Francona said that he did speak to Astros’ manager (and former bench coach under Francona) Brad Mills about Hall during the offseason, and gave Hall “the highest recommendation.”
Should be an interesting scene in Port Charlotte on Thursday, as Francona confirmed Tuesday that Carl Crawford will travel to play against the Rays.
Adrian Gonzalez will take batting practice on the field at City of Palms Park on Tuesday. He took Monday off after taking batting practice for the first time this spring on Sunday.
Outfielder Juan Carlos Linares has impressed this spring (batting .333 in 15 at-bats), and Francona hinted at a possible larger role for the 27-year-old as the regular season progresses.
“The last three or four games he’s swung the bat well,” said Francona. “He has the ability to play all three outfield positions. An intertesing guy, most guys come over and go to rookie league but because he’s advanced he went right to Double-A. And he’s probably on our radar at some point for maybe helping us this year if things go well.”
Daniel Bard was scheduled to throw in the bullpen Tuesday, but he’s going to pitch an inning in the game vs. the Astros instead. Francona mentioned that Bard — who has allowed five hits and four runs in 1.2 innings this spring — has felt good in the bullpen but has been “fighting it” on the mound in game action.
Francona has been pleased with the progress of rehabilitation for Felix Doubront (left elbow tightness), though he wouldn’t put a date on a possible game appearance for the left-hander.
“This kid is too important in terms of what we’re doing — long term — to gamble on a week in spring training,” Francona said.
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