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Re: Red Sox: 2015 news and game stories ..

PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:29 am
by Tom Nolette
Masterson not discouraged after poor start

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Justin Masterson knows it didn't look pretty.

His box score line Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies crammed a lot of messy developments (seven hits, two walks, two homers and six earned runs) into 3.1 innings. But Masterson was the first to remind us -- and himself -- that spring training is a fantastic invention on days like this.

"I enjoyed this outing," the Boston Red Sox right-hander said, with complete sincerity. "I think it was my best outing, as far as getting some solid work in like I'm supposed to in spring training." ... poor-start

Re: Red Sox: 2015 news and game stories ..

PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:18 am
by Tom Nolette
Takeaways: Red Sox 4, Mets 3

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Takeaways from the Fort, where the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Mets, 4-3, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a passed ball.

• It was another big day at the plate for Mookie Betts, who hit a top-of-the-wall double off Mets ace Matt Harvey, then followed that with a triple off top Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard, scoring on a wild pitch. He’s now batting .435 (10-for-23) in seven spring games.

“We had a chance to watch four innings of one of the better pitchers in the game,’’ Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Harvey, who did not allow a run while allowing four hits, no walks and striking out three. “Any time you know a guy has come back from what he’s gone through [Tommy John surgery], to see the power, and the shape of his secondary pitches, he’s a heck of a pitcher. ... x-4-mets-3

Re: Red Sox: 2015 news and game stories ..

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:47 am
by Tom Nolette
Takeaways from the Red Sox's 11-3 loss to the Braves

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Takeaways from the Fort, where the Red Sox absorbed an 11-3 whipping at the hands of the Atlanta Braves and are dealing with their first rash of injuries, none of which appear serious at this stage.

Outfielder Rusney Castillo (left oblique muscle) has been cleared to play in minor-league games Wednesday and Thursday, manager John Farrell said Tuesday, but the Sox added two more players to their injury list.
Catcher Christian Vazquez felt some discomfort in his throwing elbow Friday while throwing out a base-runner attempting to steal and hasn’t played in a game since. He resumed throwing Monday but will be kept out of games indefinitely.

“We’ll bring that along slow," Farrell said.

Vazquez said he might play as soon as Friday. ... nta-braves

Re: Red Sox: 2015 news and game stories ..

PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:41 am
by Tom Nolette
Takeaways: Red Sox 3, Twins 2

FORT MYERS, Fla.-- Takeaways from the Fort, where David Ortiz was excused because of dehydration issues, Pablo Sandoval took infield practice with a bottle of water in his back pocket and Mookie Betts [The House] continued his campaign to wrap up the job of Opening Day center fielder in Boston’s 3-2 win over a split-squad of Minnesota Twins in JetBlue Park.

Ortiz was among a number of Sox players who have been cramping in an unseasonably hot spring here, temperatures climbing into the 90s with an announced 100 percent humidity Wednesday. He missed his second straight game Wednesday and is expected to remain shut down for a few days, said manager John Farrell, who announced that the team’s entire starting infield, along with Ortiz and Betts, have been told to stay home Thursday and not even show up at the ballpark.

The Sox will be sending something less than the first team to Dunedin. Among the players making the 2 1/2-hour bus ride are catcher Blake Swihart, outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., and infielder-outfielders Daniel Nava, Allen Craig and Brock Holt. Rookie left-hander Henry Owens draws the start. ... -3-twins-2

Re: Red Sox: 2015 news and game stories ..

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:09 am
by Tom Nolette
Identifying the glaring weaknesses

Of the 15 teams with losing records in 2014, it's highly likely that a majority of the general managers of those teams expected they would be much better in 2015. Heck, that's probably the case for many of the teams with winning records as well.

While a handful of those "underperforming" teams had some bad luck, including injuries to key players, chances are that in many cases, the front office simply misjudged how much talent and/or depth the organization had prior to the season.

It happens.

In fact, it's the nature of the business. A player is in an organization for a reason, and that's because the management, or at least the baseball operations department and/or coaching staff, believes in that player. As a result, roster holes that appear to be obvious to those outside the org aren't filled because the franchise believes in its internal options. Here are some examples of glaring holes and why they could become a problem:

Boston Red Sox, No. 1 starter ... lution-mlb

Re: Red Sox: 2015 news and game stories ..

PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:34 am
by Tom Nolette
Red Sox prospects make good impression

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good morning from the Fort, where the Boston Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles -- the team that traded highly regarded pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez to Boston at the 2014 trading deadline -- just hours after Boston optioned Rodriguez to Triple-A Pawtucket along with catcher Blake Swihart.

Rodriguez and Swihart took advantage of their opportunities in the time they had. Rodriguez had a 1.17 ERA and held hitters to a .172 batting average in 7 2/3 innings spread over three appearances. Swihart, the top-rated catching prospect in baseball according to most services, had a .389 batting average with a .450 on-base percentage in 18 at-bats, and was tied for fourth on the team with 4 RBIs. ... hn-farrell

Re: Red Sox: 2015 news and game stories ..

PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:34 am
by Tom Nolette
Jon Lester dealing with dead arm

LENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester will miss his next scheduled spring start on Saturday due to a "dead arm," according to manager Joe Maddon.

"(It's) not pain," Maddon said Friday. "A lot of guys go through that moment where the arm just doesn't feel right. He came out of the chute really strong and probably went after it too hard, too early. Possibly trying to impress everybody, just being Jon Lester."

Maddon indicated, as of right now, it has no effect on Lester starting Opening Day against the St. Louis Cardinals.

"When a guy smiles easily, talks easily about it, is upbeat, normally it's a good indication," Maddon said. "He was all of that. I feel strongly he's going to be OK."

Lester gave up seven runs in his last outing on Monday against the San Diego Padres. It's unclear if his arm was giving him problems then. Before that game Lester had sailed through his first two spring starts. ... e-dead-arm

Re: Red Sox: 2015 news and game stories ..

PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:35 am
by Tom Nolette
Rusney Castillo returns from oblique injury with bang

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Takeaways from the Fort, where Rusney Castillo sent a majestic message to Mookie Betts in the Boston Red Sox’s 11-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday at JetBlue Park:

While Castillo has been nursing a strained oblique that has prevented him from playing in any spring training games, Betts has been starting in center field -- Castillo’s presumed spot -- and tearing it up, with a .437 batting average.

But Castillo, in his first at-bat of the Grapefruit League, launched a stunning, three-run home run off the top façade of the Green Monster in left-center field, just to the right of the yellow line and almost 40 feet above the 379-foot sign.

Welcome back, Rusney.

“He steps in and makes a pretty quick impression,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “Not just because of squaring up the ball, but the way he drove it. And he’s starting tomorrow and continuing to get regular at-bats.” ... -with-bang

Re: Red Sox: 2015 news and game stories ..

PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:44 am
by Tom Nolette
Rusney Castillo, Wade Miley look ready to go as Red Sox, Pirates tie

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Takeaways from McKechnie Field, where if Rusney Castillo’s first Grapefruit League start is any indication, he’ll need roughly half an hour to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Castillo, who as a pinch hitter cranked a monster home run off the batting eye in left-center field Friday in JetBlue Park, lined a fastball to center field for a single off Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano in the third, then lofted an opposite-field triple to right off right-hander Deolis Guerra before calling it a day. The Cuban outfielder, who went down swinging in his first at-bat, played five innings in center field and caught the only fly ball hit his way.

“Very impressed,’’ Sox manager John Farrell said after Saturday's exhibition ended in a 2-2 tie. “Missing a couple of weeks [with a strained left oblique] doesn’t seem to have disrupted his timing at the plate. He’s playing with, obviously, more aggressiveness than his two days on the minor league side. He’s been right on fastballs, and it’s very encouraging to watch him.’’ ... -pirates-2

Re: Red Sox: 2015 news and game stories ..

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:34 am
by Tom Nolette
Red Sox slugger Ortiz out due to illness; Betts, Ramirez spark victory

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is sidelined due to an illness and will sit out until sometime next week. Ortiz, who last played in a spring game Monday, is batting .267 (4-for-15) with one home run, five RBIs and two walks in six spring games. Ortiz missed his … ... k-victory/