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  • February 26th, 2014

    February 26, 2014:
    One…More…Day…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:35 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    And not a moment too soon–I started to type “April”…Holy Hell, I need baseball…

    So tomorrow the Sox play their fist games of the 2014 Campaign. Yes, they are the annual doubleheader slaughtering of the college teams (Northwestern and Boston College), but it is actual, structured baseball with innings and everything.

    And it looks like Jon Lester will once again make the Opening Day Start, his 4th year in a row for the honor (Pedro holds the record for 7). I think it’s a tossup who gets the Fenway start on April 4th. But I am thinking it will either be That Clay Person or Jon Lackey. With Ryan Dempster leaving the team, there would have to be some sort of crazy ass shake up to change the starting 5 from Lester, Buchholz, Lackey, Peavy and Doubront…

    But, it goes without saying (which is why I am going to say it) the Sox. Need. More. Pitching. Although, these are the 5 (ish) the Sox got it done with last year, so I like their chances. It’s interesting to note that the MLB Futures Odds so far are clocking the Sox in at #6 to win the World Series. Who is #1 you ask? The Dodgers, with the Tigers at #2.

    At this point, Shane Victorino, who is still recovering from him thumb surgery in the offseason, has not been cleared to play. He has started taking swings with the bat, but the Sox would rather be safe than sorry, especially this early in the game… Daniel Nava, who has had some neck nerve issues, is expected to be all ready to go for this weekend’s contests…

    And to commemorate the occasion, GUESS what came in the mail today? Yep, my tickets to Fenway against Cleveland for June 12th. 105 days. SO cannot wait!

    Grady Sizemore will be making his Red Sox debut in one of the games tomorrow. For not playing for over 2 years, he is exceeding expectations at this point. We may have some healthy competition for the centerfield position after all if this keeps up…But if we could do without the whole “Grady’s Ladies” thing that would be SUPER….

    And speaking of super, reason #478,293 I love Koji: Despite having a TRANCEDENTAL season in 2013, his attitude on being at spring training: “I feel that I still have to earn it. I’m just preparing accordingly to win that position.” LOVE HIM.

    Oh, and in case you were wondering, on days Koji needs a break, Edward Mujica and Andrew Miller are both completely qualified to work in his stead. If he would allow it, that is…

    Another great quote from Spring Training, from the Globe’s Peter Abrams: “Clay Buchholz is 29 and apparently eats like a teenager at the movies.” Apparently, John Farrell and the team are working on that…

    Something they are apparently no longer working on? Stephen Drew. He is still not signed, and it looks like the Sox have decided to go with Xander Bogaerts as their starting shortstop, and move on…Nice going Scott Boras. Sorta miscalculated that one, Satan…Ha Ha Ha Ha

    Coming up: The Sox first games kick off tomorrow. First game, against Northeastern, Brandon Workman, Henry Owens, Noe Ramirez, and Burke Badenhop will each take the bump for the Sox. In the evening contest against Boston College, Rubby De La Rosa, Matt Barnes, Miguel Celestino, Tommy Layne, and Alex Wilson get the call.

    THEN, Friday and Saturday, the Sox face their Mayor’s Cup nemesis, the Minnesota Twins, with Anthony Ranaudo, Dalier Hinojosa, Francisco Cordero, and Andrew Miller at home on Friday, and Allen Webster, Drake Britton, Brayan Villarreal, and Jose Mijares away on Saturday…

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