|Mostly Red Sox major leaguers against Northeastern, minor leaguers vs. BC||02.20.13 at 9:24 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo posted player participation charts Wednesday morning for the college doubleheader on Thursday at JetBlue Park that kicks off a schedule of spring games.
Against Northeastern at 1:35 p.m., the Red Sox will sport primarily a major league roster, with regulars like Will Middlebrooks, Pedro Ciriaco, Dustin Pedroia, Jonny Gomes, Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Lavarnway, David Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia seeing playing time.
Joel Hanrahan will start the game against Northeastern followed by Daniel Bard and a host of other relievers in the seven-inning game.
In the second game, Koji Uehara will get the start in the seven-inning contest against Boston College at 4 p.m. That game will feature primarily minor league players. But there will be two players to keep a close eye on as Xander Bogaerts gets the start at third base while Jackie Bradley, Jr. is expected to start in center.
Mike Napoli (hips) and David Ortiz (Achilles) will not play in either game, as they are being held back while ramping up during the early portion of spring training. Farrell indicated Tuesday that Napoli was “making very good progress” and should be making his debut in game action in the early part of the game schedule.
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|Red Sox notes Tuesday: Jonathan Papelbon sits while Josh Beckett starts Sunday||02.22.11 at 12:03 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced Tuesday that Josh Beckett will start Sunday night’s official Grapefruit League opener against the Twins at Hammond Stadium. He will be followed by Clay Buchholz in the game. Daisuke Matsuzaka will start against the Twins on Monday afternoon in the City of Palms Park 2011 opener.
“It’s the Mayor’s Cup so we’re going to stack it a little bit,” Francona joked.
The Red Sox begin playing games with their traditional “college” doubleheader Saturday at City of Palms opener, with Boston College playing in the early game at 1 p.m. and Northeastern providing the opposition at 6 p.m. Kyle Weiland, 24, will start for the Sox against BC while 21 year-old prospect Stolmy Pimentel will get the assignment against the Huskies.
In other news Tuesday from Red Sox camp, closer Jonathan Papelbon is dealing with flu-like symptoms after tending to his wife, who according to Francona, was also sick. “He got through the whole [side session Monday],” Francona said. “He came out today [for umpiring meeting] but we kept him inside for the majority of the day. He was just really feeling it. To bring him out here today would’ve probably been a mistake.”
The team hopes to have Papelbon closer to full strength on Wednesday. Adrian Gonzalez took another 30 swings off a tee on Tuesday morning just before 7:30. Francona said the team is hoping Gonzalez will take Wednesday off before resuming on Thursday but indicated Gonzalez will have the final call, depending on how he is feeling.
The team also met with Larry Young and Joe Garagiola, Jr. of the MLB office in charge of umpiring. The two spoke and also took questions from players about MLB in-game procedures for 2011, including pace-of-game and on-field temperament.
|Mickey Wiswall Brings Star Power to Fenway||07.25.09 at 12:15 pm ET|
Who says you can’t go home?
For Stoneham, Mass., native Mickey Wiswall, Thurday’s Cape Cod League All-Star game held at Fenway Park was a homecoming of sorts.
“I played in the Valley League in Virginia last summer and I didn’t get to have the family support there that I have here tonight,” Wiswall said of playing in front of family and friends on Thursday night. “Having the game at Fenway Park and to have all of my friends and family here has been great.”
Wiswall started at first base for the East Division All-Stars, a position that he just started playing this summer. The Belmont Hill alum made the Kevin Youkilis-like transition from his natural position at third base to the other corner infield spot.
Wiswall has been a force this summer for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, leading the team and Cape Cod League as a whole with 19 RBI. All-Star assistant coach Scott Pickler loves what he’s seen from Wiswall each and every night
“He comes in and plays hard every night,” Pickler said of Wiswall’s effort this summer. “He’s handled his role very, very well.”
In addition to spending his summer playing on the sun- (and, at least this summer, rain-) soaked diamonds of Cape Cod, Wiswall will return to The Heights as a junior member of Boston College’s baseball team. Wiswall was an offensive standout for the Eagles as a sophomore clubbing a team-high 14 home runs and 63 RBI all while hitting .320 for the team.
Boston College’s stock as a national collegiate baseball powerhouse has certainly risen in recent months after Eagles catcher Tony Sanchez was selected fourth overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Mike Belfiore went in the sandwich round. Wiswall attributes the seemingly new attention to coach Mike Aoki’s desire to keep local ballplayers in the area.
“When coach started recruiting my class he said he wanted to keep some of the better New England players in New England,” Wiswall said of the very New England feel that the team has. “Being a New England kid and helping them get to the regionals hopefully was a big step in that direction.”
Wiswall and his Eagle cohorts soared to a 34-26 record during the 2009 season. The Eagles also grabbed headlines by playing in a 25-inning thriller against Texas during College World Series Regional play.
New England kids with a feverish passion for baseball like Wiswall consider 4 Yawkey Way their baseball cathedral. Growing up and playing baseball in the heart of Red Sox Nation, Wiswall’s experiences at Fenway Park have ranged from his own playing to seeing his beloved Red Sox come back from historic playoff deficits.
Wiswall was a spectator in the Fenway Park stands on October 19, 2004. That night speedster Dave Roberts and David Ortiz helped turn the tide of Red Sox Nation’s hopes for a championship.
“I was at Fenway Park until 3:00 in the morning,” Wiswall said as he recounted his favorite Fenway Park memory. “I was at the age where I could really appreciate the game and see how dedicated the fans are to it.”
Wiswall has memories playing and spectating in America’s most beloved ballpark. The Boston College junior left on Thursday night with new ones of him playing on the All-Star stage.
|MLB Draft Updates – First 10 Picks||06.09.09 at 6:49 pm ET|
Jason McLeod, the Red Sox director of amateur scouting, popped through the Red Sox clubhouse prior to today’s game, accompanied by John Booher. (Booher, who now covers Texas and Louisiana, was the area scout who was chiefly responsible for following 2005 first-round pick Jacoby Ellsbury and 2007 top selection Nick Hagadone, who just returned to the mound this weekend following Tommy John surgery. Ellsbury and Booher briefly exchanged pleasantries in the clubhouse.) McLeod said that the Sox still have no idea who they will be taking with the 28th pick of the draft, since the Sox are in a position where they are at the mercy of the direction of 27 other clubs.
Stephen Strasburg went No. 1 overall to absolutely no one’s surprise.
Dustin Ackley, son of former Red Sox minor-leaguer John Ackley, was taken second by the Mariners, and B.C. catcher Tony Sanchez was selected fourth by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Red Sox have had a couple of kids come into Fenway Park for workouts in the last couple of days (including high school catcher Max Stassi). Manager Terry Francona said that he’s run into a couple of them, including one slightly awkward encounter in the manager’s office earlier today.
“One of the young kids saw me in my underwear today,” said Francona, who was coming out of a SwimEx machine. “I don’t imagine he’ll be signing with us. I don’t think he’s dying to be a Red Sox.”
The Tigers selected right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner with the ninth overall pick. Some mock drafts had suggested that the Sox would happily pounce on Turner if he fell due to signability concerns, but the Tigers — a team that spends aggressively in the draft — prevented that outcome from taking place. Turner is a Scott Boras client.
Of the top 10 picks this year, four were college pitchers, three were high-school pitchers, two were college position players (one catcher — Sanchez — and one outfielder — Ackley) and one was a high school outfielder (Donovan Tate).
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