March 5th, 2007
Which is kind of ironic–because they have yet to win a game in Spring training, the closest they came is the TIE that has last week with the Sox. Their record? 0-4-1–The Sox? 1-3-1–one word–UGH…
Some good things in the game: Curt Schilling pitched 3 1/3 allowing only 1 run on a homer to Michael Cuddyer, 2 hits, and had 1 strikeout and 1 walk. Javier (don’t call me JV) Lopez threw 1 2/3 innings of 1 hit-ball, with 1 strikeout.
Welcome back, Nomar: Making his 1st return “home” since he left in 2004, Nomar will be joining the Dodgers as they play the Sox today at City of Palms Park, 1:05pm. And no one had better even think about booing Nomar……Josh Beckett makes his 2nd start of Spring Training for the game.
This could be going better: Ya know how the Sox signed Joel Pineiro as a good option as the Sox closer for the 2007 campaign? After 2 outings his ERA is……15.43……Yuk! But before everyone starts freaking out, remember this: During Spring Training 2004, our closer SUCKED–he was dreadful–and he ended up being (to me, anyway) the MVP of the postseason…Keith Foulke…From Tito: He’s got a lot going on right now…he’s trying so hard to get his arm slot [lower] without bending. He’s thinking through it. He’s going to have to do it for a little while. Obviously, when he can do it without thinking, he’ll be way better off.” While I cannot say Pineiro will be better, it’s been only 2 games–there are so many things that can happen between now and April 2.
Jon Lester will make his Spring Training Debut this morning, pitching 1 inning in a “B” game vs the Twins. This is his 1st appearance since his diagnosis in August.
Back Woes: Mike Timlin, who has been out of commission since Feb 25 with an oblique strain, has yet to pitch again. He is hoping he can work a side session this week, and then, if all goes well, throw some BP, or simulated game, and then get back in the saddle. Craig Hansen seems to be faring better after throwing side sessions on Friday and Saturday. No word on when he would resume game action.
Tomorrow, for real: Making his 2nd 1st Debut, pitching against major league players, namely the Florida Marlin, Daisuke will make the 2 1/2 hour jaunt to Jupiter, Florida, joined by Jason Varitek (of course) Justin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Wily Mo PeÃ±a, and Eric Hinske.
Today: The Sox vs Nomar and Grady Little, 1:05pm