Saturday, March 21, 2009

Today's Lineup vs. the Marlins

1. Jeff Bailey, RF
2. Jason Bay, LF
3. Brad Wilkerson, CF
4. Chris Carter, 1B
5. George Kottaras, C
6. Nick Green, 2B
7. Angel Chavez, 3B
8. Gil Velazquez, SS
9. Michael Bowden, SP


Things Are Looking Good

Clay Buchholz is a different pitcher than he was last spring, Jason Varitek is starting to hit, Penny and Smoltz are ready to pitch, and Lowell looks like he is back. The Red Sox needed things to fall into place after they lost out on Teixeira and it looks like they have. Granted not one regular season game has been played but there are many reasons to be confident in the Sox chances to win the East.


Friday, March 20, 2009

New Injury for Drew

J.D. Drew was hit by a pitch in today's game and is now having an X-Ray on his hand to see if anything is broken.

UPDATE: The X-Rays have come back negative.


Today's Lineup vs. the Pirates

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Lowell, 3B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Jed Lowrie, SS
9. Paul McAnulty, 1B

Clay Buchholz, SP


Red Sox License Plates in RI?

You can show your team support in Massachusetts with a Red Sox license plate and soon may be able to in Rhode Island.

The Providence Journal reports that a House committee on Thursday approved bills that would allow the state to create license plates bearing either the Boston Red Sox or New England Patriots logos.

They now go to the full House. Similar legislation is moving through the Senate.

The plates would benefit both the state and charities. Drivers could purchase the plates for a $40 charge on top of the standard registration fee. Half the additional fee would go to the state and half to charity—either the Jimmy Fund

Now if we could just get Arnold to do the same out here in California.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

WBC Did Not Cause Youk's Ankle Injury

Don't blame the WBC for Youk's ankle. According to the Projo:

his left ankle problems are related to a flare up of plantar fasciitis, and are not an injury he sustained in the World Baseball Classic.

Now in case you are not a doctor and have never heard of "plantar fasciitis," here is the definition from the Mayo Clinic:

Most commonly, heel pain is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia — the tissue along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes. The condition is called plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis).

Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing or burning pain that's usually worse in the morning because the fascia tightens (contracts) overnight. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.

In most cases, you can overcome the pain of plantar fasciitis without surgery or other invasive treatments. And you can take steps to prevent plantar fasciitis from recurring.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Jimmy Fallon As A-Rod*

A picture is worth a thousand words:
I was talking to a Yankee fan friend of mine the other day and he was saying how sick he was of A-Rod* and as soon as one issue goes away another arises. It is almost too easy to make fun of him anymore.

hat tip to The Huffington Post


That Was A Wicked Googly - Manny Style

The tricycle is for some Cricket

Manny Being Manny: Cricket Edition from Big League Stew on Vimeo.


Down Goes Youk

First it was Pedroia, now it's Youk who's injured and out of the WBC. Kevin Youkilis will not return to Team USA for the remainder of the Classic:

"a mild left ankle sprain, as well as mild Achilles tendonitis in his left foot."

MRIs taken on both problems were negative. The Sox said Youkilis "will wear a walking boot for the next several days but is not expected to miss significant time."

This should add a little fuel to the "is the WBC worth it?" fire.


Red Sox Cut Josh Bard

Quick, somebody call Doug Mirabelli; Josh Bard has been cut by the Red Sox. No word on who will catch Wake.


Sox/WBC Roundup

Youk helped out team USA with a home run early yesterday's comeback victory over Puerto Rico. He also drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 9th as part of the rally. The team avoided elimination with the victory.

The Green Sox used the long ball to beat the Twins yesterday. Big Papi, Tek, Ellsbury, and Bay all went yard. Beckett earned the win even though he was not great. He gave up 3 earned runs in 4 innings of work. A blister problem of sorts also arose:

A callus on his toe that softened throughout the game, finally ripping in the third inning. And the result was an open wound that Beckett ignored as best he could, but upon which he put unexpected pressure while fielding Carlos Gomez's bunt.

"He probably knocked some skin off it, that's all," Francona said after the Red Sox's 9-5 win against the Twins.

"It's just a cut," Beckett added.

Good thing its not one of those blisters on his pitching hand.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

This is Not Dustin Pedroia


Lugo Out At Least a Month

Lugo underwent the knife today, here are the results from Extra Bases:

Doctors repaired a torn meniscus, which is what they expected to find. Lugo will miss 3-4 weeks, almost certainly sidelining him for Opening Day April 6, which is 20 days away.

3-4 weeks is very optimistic for a torn meniscus, I would be surprised if he sees any action before the All-Star break


Today's Red Sox Lineup vs. the Twins

CF Jacoby Ellsbury
3B Mike Lowell
DH David Ortiz
RF Rocco Baldelli
LF Jason Bay
C Jason Varitek
1B Brad Wilkerson
SS Jed Lowrie
2B Nick Green

SP Josh Beckett


Lars Gets Cut

Lars Anderson was sent to minor league camp today. There was really not much chance for Lars making the team but people were expecting him to shine in spring training. He was a disappointing 4-22 at the plate this spring but is still considered the top prospect in the Red Sox organization.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Today's Lineup vs. Toronto

1. Ellsbury CF
2. Lowrie SS
3. Drew RF
4. Carter 1B
5. Bard DH
6. Bailey LF
7. Chavez 3B
8. Nick Green 2B
9. Dusty Brown C

Masterson SP


Bay Wants To Explore the F.A. Market

News broke yesterday that talks between the Red Sox and Jason Bay have been halted for the time being. Rob Bradford sheds some light at what caused this at

“I don’t think anybody in my situation wants to play for six years and then you earn the right to be a free agent and on some levels sell yourself short, and that doesn’t mean there doesn’t have to be some concessions,” Bay said. “But you put yourself in this position and I think it’s in my best interest to kind of explore. Not to say we’re ever going to go that far, but I definitely want to make sure it’s the right fit.

Theo does not want to rush into a long term deal with Bay until the current market for outfielders has more clarity. Look at the money Manny got vs what he expected.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

WBC/Sox Roundup

Dice-K is looking to win another WBC MVP after shutting down Cuba in 6 scoreless innings allowing 5 hits while striking out 8.

Youk is 0-3 with 1 RBI in tonight's game against The Netherlands.

The Red Sox lost again to Baltimore 6-2. Buchholz pitched well again and is looking to get a spot in the rotation after going 3 2/3 innings giving up just 1 run. It is starting to look like Ramon Ramirez is a bust and the Royals took Theo for a ride on the deal. He was handed his second loss of spring and now has an ERA of 7.50. Papelbon had his first bad outing of spring today.

In contract news the Sox locked up Lester but talks with Bay have stalled.


Today's Red Sox Lineup vs. Baltimore

Interesting lineup with Lowell batting second.

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Mike Lowell, 3B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. J.D. Drew, RF
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Brad Wilkerson, 1B
8. Jed Lowrie, SS
9. Gil Velazquez, 2B

Clay Buchholz, SP


Pedroia Injury Update

The injury is a strained abdominal muscle and not an oblique injury like originally thought.

The team dodged a bullet with Pedroia having a strained abdominal muscle rather than an oblique, “which really had us concerned,” said Francona. “The good news is it’s not an oblique. That originally had us scared so we’re relieved about that.”

Francona said “I don’t think it will be terribly long” before Pedroia is back in action, and he sounded hopeful that it would resolve itself before the end of spring training. Three or four days of down time in order to have the injury settle down appears to be the short-term course of action for Pedroia.



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