Found March 03, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Carl Crawford
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Another setback has slowed Carl Crawford's bid for a starting spot on Opening Day. After a few swings on Tuesday, the Red Sox outfielder sensed pain in his left wrist –– the same one that was surgically repaired in early January. He aggravated it more during bunting drills on Wednesday and will be shut down for a few days. "You're always concerned when you have a setback," Crawford said. "The bunting didn't help it. I'm pretty sure what I've been doing over the course of the week -- swinging and bunting and throwing, just doing all...

The Varitek's don't like the A-Rod picture. I don't care.

Of all the things that Jason Varitek has done during his lengthy career with the Red Sox, none is more recognizable than jamming his catcher's mitt in the face of Alex Rodriguez.  And that's something that doesn't sit well with Jason, nor his father. Via “It wasn't something that you're proud of. We've been down this road talking with my kids...

Interview with Alex Hassan

Alex Hassan is a 23 year old outfielder who spent all last year playing for the Portland Sea Dogs. Hassan is a Massachusetts native who grew up in Milton. He was drafted by the Red Sox in the 20th round of the 2009 draft. Hassan has done nothing but impress since being drafted by the Sox. He is known for his excellent plate discipline and ability to grind out at bats. He received an...

Darnell McDonald Ready to Assist in Red Sox Outfield, Adjusting to Bobby Valentine's 'Shag-Free' Camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Darnell McDonald didn't train with any more urgency this offseason. When the outfielder first received word of Carl Crawford's wrist surgery in January, he didn't overthink the situation. The 33-year-old just kept his routine the same, patiently biding his time. "Every offseason, I try to put myself in the best situation to help contribute...

Northeastern Huskies vs. Boston Red Sox Exhibition Game

Time: 2:35 PM ET Northeastern Huskies Aaron Barbosa RF Tucker Roeder C Matt Miller LF Jon Leroux DH Pete Castoldi 2B Jason Roth 1B Ricky Salvucci 3B Oliver Hart SS Connor Lyons CF Boston Red Sox Jose Iglesias SS Jacoby Ellsbury CF Dustin Pedroia 2B Adrian Gonzalez 1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia C Darnell McDonald DH Ryan Sweeney RF Cody Ross LF Will Middlebrooks 3B Pitching: Jon Lester...

Theo Epstein setting new nightlife standard for Cubs

Theo Epstein has a tall task ahead of him in reestablishing the Cubs’ image as a respectable baseball team, and apparently that starts with emphasis on a good night’s sleep. Saying that the “organization will no longer tolerate players who enjoy the nightlife at the expense of getting a good night’s sleep,” Epstein seems committed to making whatever changes necessary to...

My Nominee for the Next Retiree

You've got to hand it to the Sox this time. They handled Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek with delicacy. They clearly never wanted to sign them, but they had the decency to offer them minor league deals. (Some players would be insulted by that -- but it seems, from all reactions, that it was a gesture that was appreciated.)But now, there's another staple of Red Sox Nation...

Report: Theo Epstein Wants to Limit Cubs' Partying, Nightlife

Well, it looks like another Major League Baseball team is out to limit alcohol and its effects on performance. As newly crowned Chicago Cubs president, Theo Epstein wants his players to get a good night's rest before each game. After all of the news that came out regarding the Red Sox clubhouse this offseason, it seems only fitting that Epstein would impose some sort of regulation...

David Ortiz to Play First Base in Exhibition Game Against Boston College, Jon Lester to Start Against Northeastern

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Bobby Valentine has already written up the lineup for Saturday's exhibition games against Northeastern and Boston College. And that isn't a typo in the second lineup. David Ortiz will be playing first base in the second spring training game, possibly another example of Valentine planning for down the road. Here are the complete lineups for Saturday...

Yanks- Red Sox Won’t Be the Same Again

When it was announced that Bobby Valentine would be the new manager of the Red Sox, I wrote how this would “spice up” the rivalry with the Yankees. Although we saw some of that in action this week with the comments Valentine made about Derek Jeter (’01 flip) and Alex Rodriguez (Varitek brawl), don’t be fooled into thinking this will ever return to the cold war days of 2003...

Actual Baseball on TV Tonight

There are two games today; the second is televised.Pitching: Felix Doubront, Junichi Tazawa, Doug Mathis, Chorye Spoone.Nick Punto will play second. Pedroia will start the first game, whivh is not being covered.

Liriano pitches two scoreless innings in SS loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Josh Beckett pitched two scoreless innings and Lars Anderson hit a grand slam, leading manager Bobby Valentine and the Boston Red Sox to an 8-3 victory over a Minnesota Twins split squad in their spring training opener Sunday. Beckett gave up one hit with two strikeouts for Boston, which beat Northeastern 25-0 and Boston College 6-3 Saturday in exhibition...

Most folks who can retire at 39 are very happy. Jason Varitek is not one of those folks

Former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek retired yesterday. Crying like you would if you could retire at 39. Every time you check your email, think -- gotta check Bob's Blitz. Follow us on... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

To the Moon

In a nice coda to Jason Varitek's classy, low-key departure, the Future (it's always about the Future) had something to say during a meaningless B game. Buster Olney ‏ @Buster_ESPNRyan Lavarnway with a moonshot homer to left with two outs in the first. This is not to say that the future has been determined, but it's a good reminder that change is good and necessary...
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