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  • March 8th, 2012

    Red Sox 3, Toronto 3:
    Tie scores are dumb…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:15 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    I know that they don’t want to get all ridiculous with the extra innings in Spring Training, but the whole tie score in baseball is so 2002 All-Star game…

    One down, 437 more to go: Carlos Silva, one of the “Low risk/high potential” pitchers the Sox signed in the offseason to battle it out, is done, before he even threw a pitch. The pain in his right shoulder that has kept him out of the majors since 2009 has flared up again, with no relief in sight, which means that he will not even get a chance to be in the mix…

    So, that leaves potentially 7 pitchers vying for the 2 back of the rotation slots: Daniel Bard (who is pretty much a lock), Alfredo Aceves, Aaron Cook, Felix Doubront, Andrew Miller, Justin Germano, and Vincente Padilla…

    If Aceves is as effective as he was in 2011, I would like to see him get the job, although I have always like Doubront–if he could get it together. Andrew Miller, has a whole bunch of potential, but just never seems to live up to it. Aaron Cook has been a great pitcher, but I fear his best days are behind him, and I just don’t like Vincente Padilla–a man who has 10 kids, and then slacks off on supporting them, is not my idea of a good citizen of the nation…The dark horse for the position-and he is making a pretty compelling case for himself is Justin Germano, who threw 2 innings of 1-hit ball in yesterday’s contest, with a hit batter. He threw 19 pitches in the span…

    Speaking of Andrew Miller, he was supposed to get his work in today after Josh Beckett, but was scratched because of “a little soreness” in his elbow…Pitching Coach Bob McClure thinks it’s probably fatigue–but pain and/or stiffness in the pitching elbow is never good…

    Jon Lester got his work in yesterday in a “B” game against the ubiquitous Twins, throwing 44 pitches (26 for strikes) in 2 2/3 innings of 1 hit ball, striking out 1 and walking 2. Kind of surprised he didn’t get deeper into the game…He’ll face the Marlins in his 1st actual Grapefruit game next week…

    Apparently, the whole “Dropkick Murphys telling Papelbon they can’t use his song” stuff was a big ‘ole joke…Whatever…

    Finally, Fenway Park has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. So does that mean they get Park Rangers?

    Coming up: The Sox face the World Series Champion Cardinals today in Jupiter–a 3 hour bus ride–each way… Josh Beckett gets his 2nd start of the season, with Felix Doubront, and the non-Cardinal Chris Carpenter will follow him…1st pitch 1:05pm…

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