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  • March 30th, 2009

    Red Sox 3, Phillies 1:

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:15 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy Buckets! By this time next week, the Sox will be back at Fenway, and getting ready to take the field for the Opening Day Festivities, playing the last team they played last year–in the ALCS Game 7 loss to Tampa Bay. I just wish the 1st pitch was not at freaking 2:05pm….

    Jon Lester, while not as brilliant as he has been of late, got the job done. IN 5 innings of 1 run, 6-hot baseball, he struck out 5 and walked 4…

    And, as we near the end of the Grapefruit League for 2009, the Red Sox are holding on to a very respectable 17-11 record. And, with their win against the Twins on Saturday (3 out of 4) , the Mayor Cup with keep its rightful place for the 3rd year in a row–with the Red Sox in Fort Meyers.

    Looks like John Smoltz had no after effects from his 1st side session last week, throwing his 2nd on Saturday: “I was pretty anxious my first time out. Today I felt I accomplished everything I wanted to do. I threw every pitch. The ball came out of my hand really well. I threw all five pitches. What I will do now is take each side session as a step closer to try and get to the next step. I’m staying right in the time frame that I want to be in. The ball is coming out my hand. I know what I want to do. I’m super excited with today, but I’m trying not to get too carried away with it.” His timetable to return is late May/early June. He could probably come back sooner than that, if his work in the last couple of sessions is any indication. But the Sox are taking a very conservative approach to his rehab…When the Sox make the postseason, he could be VERY handy then….

    And yet more changes: Dusty Brown and Devern Hansack were sent to Pawtucket over the weekend, and Justin Masterson has been moved to the bullpen. Do that leaves Brad Penny as the one with the 5th starter position to lose. If the Sox feel he is not ready for the rotation yet, they will turn to Clay Buchholz, who has had an exceptional camp…

    And the final utility man/outfielder/Mark Kotsay fill in spot competition is down to two men: Chris Carter and Jeff Bailey. Brad Wilkerson, who was thought to be the man to beat, has left the team to review his options. He has an opt out clause in his contract that if he is not going to make the team, he has until April 1 to sever ties… Not helping his chances of going elsewhere is his abysmal spring: 18 strikeouts in 42 at bats–and only 5 hits–giving him a BA of .119…

    Coming up: In his 1st start since returning from the WBC, Daisuke takes the mound in Lake Buena Vista, as the Sox take on the Atlanta Braves. 1st pitch is 1:05pm

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