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Pedro Martinez on his chances for Cooperstown in 2015: ‘I should have a shot’ 02.26.14 at 1:58 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Maybe Pedro Martinez is just playing it close to the vest but asked Wednesday if he thinks he will earn a place in Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility in 2015, the former Red Sox ace said he can only hope and wait.

“I’m looking forward to that,” Martinez said. “There’s only so much I can do. As of now, I’m just like you, hoping and waiting to get another chance to make it in back-to-back years, Boston and then the Hall of Fame.

“I think I should have a shot but like I said it’s not up to me and I can only hope and wait.”

Martinez arrived in camp Wednesday after spending time at the Red Sox academy in the Dominican Republic, and immediately began to help pitchers on the back field, watching bullpen sides and offering insight.

Earlier this month, Martinez was announced as one of four inductees into the Red Sox Hall, joining former teammate Nomar Garciaparra, ace Roger Clemens and broadcaster Joe Castiglione.

“To me, it’s a great honor to actually go into the Red Sox hall of fame,” Martinez said. “I don’t enough words to thank the organization. I’m extremely proud to have been chosen to go into the hall of fame, really happy. I think this once again makes me more of a Bostonian than ever. I keep saying I’m a Bostonian and now, I can’t go away anymore.

“It’s a great honor to go in with two of the guys that symbolize the Red Sox and have done so much for the game and for whole Boston area and the Red Sox. I’m extremely honored to share that moment with them and just happy to be right with them.”

Martinez presents a strong case for Cooperstown as he was a two-time Cy Young Award winner and four-time All-Star in his seven seasons with the Red Sox from 1998-2004. He won Game 3 of the 2004 World Series as the Red Sox brought home a title to Boston for the first time since 1918.

Martinez is the club’s all-time leader with a .760 (117-37) career winning percentage and 72 10-strikeout games. He was named MVP of the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park when he struck out five of the six batters he faced as the American League starter. That same year, Martinez led the AL with 313 strikeouts and 19 10-strikeout games.

Martinez spoke for over 18 minutes Wednesday outside JetBlue Park as reporters wanted his ever-articulate opinion on his role as special assistant in the organization, working with major and minor league pitchers.

“You guys still think I’m a ballplayer,” Martinez quipped as the press conference began.

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Jake Peavy on D&C: ‘I haven’t even really thought about playing in 2015′ at 10:49 am ET
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Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to talk about his future, his transition to Boston last summer, and comparisons between Boston and Chicago. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Peavy hasn’t looked beyond the upcoming season, focusing on helping the Red Sox repeat as World Series champions.

“I have no plans, I have no set plans at this point in time of my career,”€ Peavy said. “€œI’€™m crazy blessed, this will be my 13th year in the major leagues. We have all come together, once again, with one goal in mind, and that’€™s to win the World Series in 2014. We understand the process that it takes to get there and we’€™re focused daily at the task at hand, and that’€™s really all I can tell you. I haven’€™t even really thought about playing in 2015.”

When Peavy was traded to the Red Sox, he knew there were players, including Jonny Gomes, he didn’t like.

“Jonny Gomes was a guy I particularly didn’t care for, playing against,”€ Peavy said. “I didn’t — I thought it was more about him, I thought it was showmanship. I wanted Mike Napoli to button up his jersey. Just stuff from the other side. It’€™s good, I don’€™t want to like the opposition.”

On his first day at the clubhouse, Peavy tried to get there first but was beaten by Gomes, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Dustin Pedroia.

“€œWhen I walked in this clubhouse at 12 noon, there were three players already in the clubhouse, which blew me away that on a home game these guys were there already,” Peavy said. “Pedroia was there, Saltalamacchia and Jonny Gomes were in the clubhouse. Within 30 seconds, and I’€™m not exaggerating this story, of speaking to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, he said to me, ‘We’€™re going to win the World Series.’€™ And those words came out of his mouth.”

Added Peavy: “€œWhen I said to Jonny Gomes, ‘€˜Hey Jonny, how you doing?’€™ And here’€™s the quote that everybody thinks is funny, he says, ‘€˜Aww, I’€™m doing wonderful, it’€™s just another day closer to the parade.’€™ And for a second, for a split-second, I didn’t realize what he was speaking of. You know, I hadn’t been around that lingo and that spirit that all you guys had been familiar with. … And then it hit me, this guy is talking about the World Series parade.”

While Peavy enjoyed his time in Chicago, the 32-year-old noted how Boston has a different feel to it.

“A great place, Chicago, once again, big market, great city, but just the — going to U.S. Cellular Field every day and there being [10,000], 15,000 people in it, and not much of an atmosphere,” Peavy said. “€œTo leave that and go into a place where at 12 noon, walking down the street, you feel the atmosphere and the intensity starting to build for a 7 o’clock game, even before you go to the ballpark with people speaking to you. It’€™s a different animal, it’€™s certainly a huge advantage for us as a ball club.”

Added Peavy: “Sometimes we don’€™t feel like playing. I hate to say that. You get run down, you get tired. You get home late, you turn right around, you play in a few games, then you have to wake up at 8:30 in the morning and get there and play a day game. You get beat down, you get run down. When you step out into the atmosphere that Fenway Park always brings, you can’€™t help but be ready to go.”

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Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts lead Red Sox wind sprints at 7:50 am ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — A group of Red Sox regulars took to the conditioning field outside the Green Monster of JetBlue Park on Tuesday to take part in wind sprints as part of spring training conditioning tests. Leading the way was Jackie Bradley Jr. He was joined by Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Will Middlebrooks, Brock Holt, Jonny Gomes and even David Ortiz, who was playing it cautiously, two years removed from a chronically sore Achilles tendon.

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Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts Red Sox regulars rake in BP inside JetBlue Park at 7:41 am ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Two days before they open spring training baseball against Northeastern and Boston College, Red Sox positional players took batting practice inside JetBlue Park Tuesday morning. The position players hit off short tosses from coaches as the pitching staff had the day off from live batting practice.

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Mike Petraglia, Alex Speier on Jackie Bradley Jr., Grady Sizemore and an Andrew Miller surprise 02.25.14 at 10:05 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Alex Speier discuss why the time is right for Jackie Bradley Jr. to make his mark with the Red Sox, what Grady Sizemore has to do to make the right impression, the progress of Shane Victorino and who might be backing up Koji Uehara as closer.

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Mike Petraglia, Alex Speier on Dalier Hinojosa, Mike Napoli, Grady Sizemore 02.24.14 at 4:43 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Alex Speier talk about Cuban defector Dalier Hinojosa and his chances with the Red Sox pitching staff, the story behind Mike Napoli‘s return and what’s on the line this week for Grady Sizemore.

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John Farrell looking for ‘progression and improvement’ from Felix Doubront in 2014 at 4:16 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — With manager John Farrell looking on intently Monday morning, Felix Doubront threw roughly 30 pitches in a live batting practice session to Grady Sizemore and Xander Bogaerts.

Doubront isn’t trying to pick up where he left off in 2013, but rather replicate the success he found over a three-month stretch of the season when the team – and rotation – needed him the most. Accomplishing that is key building upon a season that was a stepping stone to what could be bigger and better things for the Venezuelan lefty.

Last season, he posted his second straight 11-win season, making 27 starts, compiling a 4.32 ERA and a 1.429 WHIP. But for a stretch of 16 starts, June through August, there was no one more reliable in the Red Sox rotation. When Clay Buchholz went down over that stretch, Doubront and a sub-3.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

On Monday, he showed the stuff that made him so effective keeping his offspeed and breaking pitches down in the zone, creating swings and misses to Bogaerts (righthanded) and Sizemore (lefty).

“He’s throwing the ball well,” manager John Farrell said. “He’s come into camp in better shape than years past. We look for a progression and improvement on last year. That’s ideally eliminating some of those peaks and valleys. He was on a long run from about early May for about a 16-start stretch where he was one of our more consistent starters. he’s an extremely talented guy. he’s got a couple things that really work for him: The overall pitch mix that he has, and he has shown us the ability to win on days where he doesn’t have his best stuff. I think that’s a testament to his savvy on the mound and the fact that he does generate some swing and miss.”

After getting lit up in September, including allowing five runs on five hits in just 1 1/3 innings in relief on Sept. 29, Doubront again found his groove in the playoffs, showing he can handle the pressure of playoff baseball. After not appearing in the series against Tampa Bay, he appeared twice in relief against the Tigers in the ALCS and twice out of the pen against the Cardinals in the World Series. He was spectacular, compiling a 1.29 ERA in seven innings, allowing just three hits and one run and a 0.857 WHIP.

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