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  • March 8th, 2010

    Red Sox 5, Oreos 4:
    SO Nice to have Box Scores again!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:15 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    After 6 Spring Training Games, the Sox miraculously have a winning record: 4-2–which is a nice departure from previous years when they are not so wonderful in Spring Training…And the 2-1 lead in the Mayor’s Cup competition between the Twins isn’t a mad thing either…

    Yeah, I know, meaningless games (even the Mayors Cup…)–but I never want them to lose, so a losing record, even in Spring Training, bugs me…

    And yesterday’s game was one of those “skin of their teeth” kind of games, as That Clay Person did not fare so well in his 2010 debut, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1–in 2 innings of work…Following him, Boof Bonser threw 2 scoreless…And Casey Kelly, facing pro players for the 1st time in his career, pitched a scoreless 7 and 8 th inning for the win, with 1 walk and 1 strikeout in the span…

    And, as frequently happens in Spring Training Games, the unknown Mark Wagner was responsibility for putting the Sox ahead for good, with a homer in the 9th inning…

    Daisuke is making good progress, with a 65 pitch side session over the weekend, using all of his pitches. Pitching Coach John Farrell weighs in on Daisuke’s progress: “Right now, it’s more a matter of refining the timing in his delivery and establishing a release point on each individual pitch, as opposed from a health standpoint that he’s not feeling anything, which he is not. It’s encouraging from that standpoint. He’s into progressional bullpens and ultimately to batting practice.” Nest step is another bullpen session, and then if all goes well, onto batting practice… The estimated time for his Grapefruit Leagues debut would be around mid March, which places him about 2.5 weeks behind all the other pitchers in terms of conditioning and readiness for the season….

    Mike Lowell went to see his hip and thumb doctors over the weekend, so it should be anytime now when he can return to more extensive baseball activities…to this point, Mike has only been doing drills and batting practice…

    Today: At 1:05pm, the Sox hosted St Louis, winning 7-6, as Josh Beckett, with his 2nd start of the season, went 3 beautiful, perfect innings,while striking out 3 and walking none, lowering his ERA to 1.80. Jonathan Papelbon, Okajima and the Demonic Bullpen Tandem (MDC & the incumbent Ramon Ramirez) also threw an inning each,with only Delcarmen giving up a run? So why 6 runs by the Cards? Dustin Richardson, and Randor Bierd (Yeah, I dont know who he is either,except that he came from Baltimore…) combined to give up the other 5 runs in 1 (yes ONE) inning of work. But Josh Reddick saved the day in the 9th, both tying the score with a double, and then winning the game with a walk-off single… the 9th

    Coming up: Tomorrow, the Sox head to Roger Dean Stadium to play the Marlins tomorrow, with Tim Wakefield getting the nod, with Anibal Sanchez starting for the fish. 1st pitch 1:05pm…

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