|03.02.14 at 5:06 pm ET|
Farrell explained that Peavy won’t throw for the next three days, after which time the starting pitcher will initiate a throwing program.
“This was a freak one,’ said Farrell, who explained the knife almost cut through the finger. “Honestly, he avoided some serious injury with what took place.”
Farrell noted that Brandon Workman will get the start Monday in place of Peavy, who had been slowed earlier in camp due to an ailment to his right ring finger.
|03.02.14 at 4:28 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Making his spring training debut, Felix Doubront acquitted himself quite well in pitching two innings against the Orioles Sunday afternoon at JetBlue Park.
Doubront allowed just one hit while striking out three in helping highlight the Red Sox‘ 8-6 win over the Orioles.
“He really put himself in a good position to execute pitches today,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “It was encouraging to see, the quality of the strikes he threw with his fastball in particular, a very good change-up, a really good start to build off of for his first outing in camp here.”
Offensively, Mike Napoli highlighted the Sox’ output thanks to a towering two-run homer over the center field fence. The blast was the first baseman’s third hit in his first four spring training at-bats and scored David Ortiz.
“Biggest thing, he’s come into camp without having to go through all he had to go through last offseason and it’s freed up his mind,” Farrell said regarding his first baseman. “There are no questions about how his hip is feeling and what are the games played, the transition to first base, so all those things are behind him and he comes in in really good shape, comes in probably the biggest thing is free of mind of anything he was contending with last offseeeaon and coming into camp. It’s a normal offseason for him and even in batting practice and live BP you see him a little more aggressive, particularly on the pull side at times but yeah, he put a good swing on the ball today.”
Bryce Brentz also contributed with an RBI single up the middle in the fifth, scoring Jackie Bradley Jr, who led off the frame with a double off the left field wall. Ortiz also contributed with an RBI ground out, scoring Brentz. Bradley Jr. would later drive in Xander Bogaerts with an RBI single, his second hit of the day against a left-handed pitcher.
Reliever Edward Mujica, making his Red Sox debut, pitched a perfect third inning.
Also coming out of the bullpen for the Sox was Alex Wilson, who escaped a jam in the fourth, ultimately stranding runners on second and third. Wilson allowed back-to-back hits off the left field wall, with Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes managing to hold the runners by expertly playing the ball off the screen without letting it hit the ground.
Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Carl Yastrzemski, came on in the sixth as a pinch-runner and scored the visitors’ first run.
|03.02.14 at 12:11 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — While Doug Flutie was holding court by the Red Sox‘ batting cage, with Carl Yastrzemski standing just a few feet away, another notable name passed by on the way to the JetBlue Park visitors’ dugout — Quintin Berry.
Shaking hands with former Red Sox teammates, while waving to those in the field, Berry drifted onto the pregame scene prior to Sunday’s spring training tilt between the Sox and Orioles virtually unnoticed by media and fans. But when you’ve done something — anything — to help a team win a World Series, your presence is at least of some note.
Berry played in just 13 games (collecting nine plate appearances) during the regular season for the Red Sox in the 2013 regular season, but, nonetheless, he left somewhat of a mark.
Not only did the outfielder collect five hits with a walk, but accomplished what the Sox were hoping he could when acquired from Kansas City in exchange for Clayton Mortensen. Berry swiped one bag in each of the Red Sox’ three playoff series, including one against Cardinals’ catcher Yadier Molina in the eighth inning of the Sox’ Game 4 World Series win.
After the championship parade, however, Berry understood he might have to move on.
“Supposedly a little bit, but I know they had a couple of things in mind they wanted to do, some guys they wanted to try and give experience to,” said Berry regarding the Red Sox’ interest in the offseason. “So I just wanted to test the market and see what else I could do.
“In my career I’ve been all over the place. I understand the business part of it. I’m grateful I got an opportunity to be part of that team last year. It was an amazing team. With the business part of it, you have to keep shopping around. All you want to do is play in the big leagues. It doesn’t matter for whom. Just keep on getting opportunities and be grateful for the ones you have.”
Berry is still somewhat of a long-shot to make the Orioles’ Opening Day roster, having joined Baltimore on a minor-league deal. But having seen how fortunes can change in a hurry — going from Triple-A Omaha to a World Series a season ago — the 29-year-old is keeping an open mind.
If nothing else, the speedster used the opportunity with the Red Sox to show he could thrive in all kinds of roles.
“It was a part of my game I wasn’t used to,” Berry said of playing part-time. “I didn’t do much in my career, having played every day. Coming off the bench, it was a good experience to have that and to have some success to help me in my future.
“I’m just out here playing. I’ve done it all so I’m prepared for anything.”
|03.02.14 at 11:30 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Christian Vazquez continues to impress in Red Sox camp.
The latest raves came from John Farrell after Vazquez threw out Minnesota’s Jermaine Mitchell trying to steal second base in the seventh inning at Hammond Stadium.
“Another one you probably saw last year,” Farrell said Sunday, referring to the many runners he threw out for Double-A Portland in 2013.
That’s something that has continued this spring in camp. “He’s thrown out every runner in camp he’s come across. He’s now 11-for-11,” Farrell reported.
“What’s impressive to me is the progress he’s making with the bat. There’s more strength in his swing, there’s more solid impact, drove the ball good to right-center field and then there was the home run the other day. When you look at the numbers, it’s heading in the right direction. He’s on a very good path.”
What will it take for Vazquez to reach the next level?
“Number of at-bats and I think as he’s getting stronger, that’s the thing that starts out,” Farrell said. “This is a guy when he first signed, there were some difficulty getting through a nine-inning game and now he might be one of the premier catching prospects in the game.”
What makes him that premier prospect is an arm unrivaled in the Red Sox system, throwing down to second in less than 1.9 seconds, a release that puts him in the very above-average category.
“1.86 on the throw to second,” Farrell said. “We [also] encourage all of our guys to [throw to first base]. We want any kind of deterrent to either an extended lead or a secondary lead or any kind of running the bases with freedom, we want to try to cut that down as much as possible.”
The latest on Grady Sizemore is that he will play Tuesday against Tampa Bay and Friday against Atlanta, both games scheduled for JetBlue Park.
“I wish we could fast-forward and get the answer but so far, so good,” Farrell said.
Anything unexpected from Sizemore? “Yeah, running into the center field wall,” Farrell laughed. “He got up and threw the ball so I guess some things don’t change.”
“Talking to him early this morning, he felt like he had a legitimate bead on that ball and time ran out. But he bounced right back up and is good to go. There’s been a couple of at-bats where he’s getting down the line. The times getting down the line are getting more in line with what’s expected, and I think that’s his mind is being a little more free and not guarded and so those are things, when you ask what are you looking for, you’re starting to see them play out in games in times down the line or how he’s responded to game situations. It’s been good.”
The team announced Sunday that they signed Bo Greenwell, the son of former Red Sox All-Star left fielder Mike Greenwell. Bo, 25, was originally drafted by Cleveland in the sixth round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft. It won’t be a long trip to camp as he went to Riverdale High School in Fort Myers.
Happy to be moving forward with The team that I grew up watching. #RedSoxNation
— Bo Greenwell (@BoGreenwell) March 1, 2014
|03.02.14 at 9:26 am ET|
“I think anytime those bloodlines are so recognizable, I’m sure for many it brings back visions of the older and I think anytime we can see generations play out on the field, it’s one of the unique things that sports offers,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday morning before the game.
The grandson, who starred at Vanderbilt University, has been drafted not once, not twice but three times by major league teams.
The Red Sox selected him in the 36th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from St. John’s Prep (Danvers, MA). Then, the Seattle Mariners chose him in the 30th round of the 2012 MLB draft before signing with the Baltimore Orioles, who selected him in the 14th round of the 2013 MLB amateur draft.
Lefty Felix Doubront makes his first start for the Red Sox and Jonny Gomes gets his second start as a leadoff hitter in Sunday’s game. The Red Sox will be looking for their first win of the Grapefruit League season after losing two straight to the Twins, Friday and Saturday.
Here are the lineups for the Red Sox on Sunday:
Jonny Gomes LF
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz RF
|03.01.14 at 5:21 pm ET|
It was just another test along the path to seeing if the former All-Star outfielder’s body is up to the task of returning to major league games in 2014.
Brian Dozier laced a double to deep left-center and Sizemore tracked the ball from his position in center. He got to the warning track and lost his footing and fell awkwardly.
“I’m fine,” Sizemore said after the 6-2 loss to the Twins. “I think all game reps are good right now. Everything helps. As much work as I can get in games is going to be very beneficial. I felt good today. Everything felt good, as good as I could hope for, as far as the body and knees and so forth.
“I’m happy to just get through these games and feel good and feel strong and not come in the next day with any lingering issues. So far, it’s going to be good.”
Sizemore and Farrell both agreed after the game that while Sizemore doesn’t want to lose his aggressive style of play, he also needs to be practical as he attempts a comeback from back and knee issues that have kept him out of baseball since 2011.
“I’m not going to think about it,” Sizemore said. “Obviously, I’m going to try and be smart but I’m going to still play aggressively and try not to change the way I play or think about it while I’m out there.”
Added Farrell, “The fact that he’s more conscious of what he’s been through and maybe the cause for some of the previous injuries because of that style of play, we can’t say we’re going to eliminate that completely but there’s also a willingness on his part to maybe anticipate things a little bit differently.”
Farrell said after the game that the hope is to start giving Sizemore some days off before ramping up his load. Sizemore, who played in games in two of three days, is now tentatively set to play Tuesday against the Rays at JetBlue Park.
“I think he’ll answer some of those questions as we get deeper into camp,” Farrell said of the workload. “We’re also going to build in some recovery days as well and that’s coming up for him. He’ll be back on the field probably on Tuesday and give him another three or four days off after that to gradually ramp up the workload.”
“When we start putting multiple days together, whether it’s games or workouts, there will be days where I’ll be sore or not as strong as the other days but for the most part, the last week or so has been really good,” Sizemore added. “I’ve bounced back well.”
|03.01.14 at 2:16 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — If Saturday was any indication, 24-year-old Allen Webster has fallen behind Anthony Ranaudo in the Red Sox pitching prospect race.
Webster, who made his debut with the Red Sox last season in seven spot starts, was roughed up by the Minnesota Twins in his first start of spring training at Hammond Stadium. The Twins beat the Red Sox for the second straight day, 6-2, before a Hammond record crowd of 8,547. Daniel Nava homered from the right side of the plate in the first inning and Grady Sizemore overcame a mild fall before the center field wall to go 1-for-3 in the loss.
After getting Aaron Hicks to ground out to Garin Cecchini at third to open the first inning, Webster allowed three straight hard-hit balls to the outfield that all found the grass. Brian Dozier then crushed a ball to left-center that caused Sizemore to truly test his body when he lost his footing on the warning track just shy of the wall trying to field it. Sizemore stayed in the game.
“He lost his footing when he went down,” manager John Farrell said. “You recognize he’s going to pivot and torque on the leg. He came out of it fine and there were no issues. It’s just good to see him get three at-bats and continue to build.”
Webster then gave up an RBI single to right by Joe Mauer. Josh Willingham followed with a double. Webster then hit Chris Parmelee and walked Trevor Plouffe to force in a run. Lefty Chris Hernandez began warming in the bullpen as Webster appeared as if he wouldn’t make it out of the first. But a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice ended the inning with Minnesota up, 3-1.
Manager John Farrell allowed Webster to start the second inning and Webster responded with getting the first two outs quickly before Dozier singled to right to end his day. Webster allowed four hits and three earned runs in his inning and two-thirds of work.
“I just got in there and got a little anxious, left a few balls up, fell behind and they made good contact with it,” Webster said. “I need to get the ball down and get ahead of the batter.”
Webster’s spring debut comes in contrast to that of Ranaudo a day earlier. Ranaudo retired all six batters he faced in two innings, striking out four. He needed just 24 pitches (19 strikes). Webster needed that many to get through the first inning.
As for Sizemore, he singled to right on a grounder past the second baseman with one out in the fifth on his third at-bat of the day. Farrell immediately substituted Mike McCoy in his place as a pinch-runner at first. Sizemore flew out to left to open the game, struck out looking in the third before singling in the fifth.
Drake Britton was a highlight for the Red Sox, as the lefty allowed one hit while striking out four in his two innings.
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