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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:39 am

Start of the new season when the equipment truck head south .... Go Sox !

For one day, spring's in the air at Fenway ..

Loaded with 20,400 baseballs, 1,100 bats and much more, the Red Sox equipment truck took off from gray, snowy Boston a little after noon.


BOSTON -- On a Thursday afternoon with snow falling and temperatures well below freezing, the crowd at Fenway Park for this year’s Truck Day was smaller than usual. But that didn’t stop Boston Red Sox fans like Mike Fimbel and his wife, Zo, from enjoying the event for the first time.

Having had the day marked on their calendar, the two woke up at 5 in the morning on Thursday in order to make the trip into the city from their home in Mount Vernon, N.H. After a pit stop at Logan Airport to drop Mike’s sister off for a flight, they fought traffic to head to Fenway Park, where they arrived around 10:30 to wintry conditions that were just picking up.

While many fans came and went, Mike and Zo stayed at the park to see the truck off shortly after noon. Despite all it took to get there and the elements they endured once they arrived, the two stuck it out, excited just to be there.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:40 am

Red Sox still have faith in Uehara

BOSTON -- Only a handful of closers have recorded 30 or more saves past the age of 40, but the Red Sox signaled their conviction that Koji Uehara was a great candidate to join that group when they signed him to a two-year, $18 million contract extension this past October.

Re-signing Uehara was the first major bit of offseason business conducted by general manager Ben Cherington, an obvious indication of how highly the Sox regard the Japanese right-hander. Uehara threw only three innings over the last 22 games of the season, after hitting the roughest stretch of his two seasons with Boston (he gave up 10 runs, including four home runs, in a span of just six appearances). After his last outing, in which he was beaten by two ninth-inning home runs from the Yankees, he asked to be removed temporarily from the closer's role.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:43 am

Red Sox Player To Watch: Hanley Ramirez

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:43 am

Bogaerts, Nava among 10 key questions

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Not your typical spring-training primer, days away from the opening of Red Sox camp.

1. Has it ever snowed in Fort Myers?

Yes and no. There’s no measurable snowfall on record in the Fort, measurable defined as a half-inch or more. However, longtime residents swear to having seen flurries on a handful of occasions, and on Jan. 19, 1977, this headline appeared in the Miami News.

That said, the forecast for the first official workout of Red Sox pitchers and catchers on Saturday is partly cloudy and 77 degrees, with a high of 82 degreesWher scheduled for Sunday. Position players hold their first official workout on Feb. 25.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:22 am

On Baseball: After a good winter, it’s good to rely on spring
Matt Spring may or may not ever make the majors, but he's a perfect catcher to have around.

Try to name the catchers in spring training for the Boston Red Sox and three quickly come to mind – Christian Vazquez (the starter), Ryan Hanigan (the new backup) and Blake Swihart (the top prospect). But others, not on the 40-man roster, are in Fort Myers, Florida, including one familiar to Hadlock Field regulars. Matt Spring, in his 11th season in the pros, is getting a taste of the big leagues, if only briefly. And in Florida, not Fenway. Spring, 30, may never actually reach the majors. The odds are against him, but Spring knows he lives an enviable life. He collects a paycheck for playing baseball...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:46 am

Farrell likes 'progressive' mindset of Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- You’re John Farrell. You watched the executives in your organization sign Rusney Castillo, at the time the most sought-after player in Cuba, to a six-year, $72.5 million contract. Just months later, you watched them open their wallets and sign two of the most coveted players on the free-agent market -- Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval -- in a haul that involves $183 million in guaranteed money. And on Monday, you heard reports that indicate the imminent arrival of 19-year-old Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada, a supposed five-tool player who is being compared to Robinson Cano. Are you heartened by the front office’s determination to get the best players available, regardless of where they’re from, and put them in a Red Sox uniform?...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:13 am

Ramirez, Youkilis to consult Cubs

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs hired former Boston Red Sox sluggers Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis to consultant roles, the team announced Tuesday.

Ramirez, 42, will continue to work with the club's major and minor league hitters on the fundamental and mental aspects of hitting, according to a team release.

Last season, Ramirez joined Triple-A Iowa as a player/coach and received positive reviews in his role. He played 19 seasons in the majors, batting .312 with a .411 on-base percentage and a .585 slugging percentage, but was suspended for performance-enhancing drug use in 2009.

"Manny got rave reviews from everyone he worked with," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Tuesday. "... He did a great job of fitting in, sharing his wisdom and experience and being a good influence.

"He was very open and honest with guys on what not to do from his past and lessons that he learned along the way."

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:14 am

Henry: Lucchino's Sox role not diminishing

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry on Tuesday morning labeled as “ridiculous” speculation published in the newspaper he owns (Boston Globe) that Sox CEO Larry Lucchino may be losing some of his influence with the club in a power struggle with limited partner Mike Gordon.

“Last year Mike Gordon was named president of Fenway Sports Group,’’ Henry said. “I read those ridiculous stories or that ridiculous story about [a potential power struggle]. Ridiculous in this sense, that there’s some sort of power struggle between Mike and Larry. I don’t think you could be further from the truth. There’s never been any, that I know of, a word spoken in that regard within ownership or by Larry. Mike is much, much, much more involved with Liverpool. He gets involved with the Red Sox in regard to financial decisions, because he has a tremendous financial mind. There’s no power struggle.’’

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:14 am

Ortiz brings smiles, buzz to Red Sox camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- And now, there’s a dramatically different vibe around the Fenway South complex.

Big Papi is in the house. And there is nothing like David Ortiz to ratchet up the energy level.

“I think anytime David walks through the room, it lightens it up, brings an energy,” manager John Farrell said. “He looks in great shape. I had a chance to talk to him earlier when he first got in there this morning. He’s full-go and a major part of everything that we do.”

Ortiz, the last Red Sox player to report to camp, had a 9 a.m. physical and a brief meeting with Farrell on Tuesday morning, then spent the rest of the day followed by a frantic phalanx of cameramen, photographers and reporters.

Whatever he did in the offseason, it worked. He looked ripped, wearing a sleeveless black shirt that exposed massive, chiseled biceps on his 39-year-old body. And he felt good enough about himself to toss a little dig in the direction of Pablo Sandoval, chiming, “My belly hasn’t grown like Panda.”

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:15 am

Red Sox GM: David Ortiz here to stay

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, asked whether the team has discussed David Ortiz's future beyond this season with him, said that "David knows he's going to be a Red Sox [player] as long as he wants to be a Red Sox [player]."

Ortiz will turn 40 in 267 days. Only 10 position players in Red Sox history have played past their 40th birthday, and only three -- Carl Yastrzemski (446 games), Ted Williams (216) and Bing Miller (109) -- have played in as many as 100 games past that age. Last season, Ortiz casually hinted that this might be his final season then said, "I'll let you know when the time comes," when pressed on the subject...

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