Found March 04, 2012 on
FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Sparta Performance Science was Lars Anderson's residency over the offseason. The Red Sox prospect spent his days training to bulk up and unload power in 2012. He took that first step Sunday. In the seventh inning, the first baseman crushed a breaking ball over JetBlue Park's right-field fence for a grand slam, keying the Red Sox to a 8-3 win over the Twins in the Grapefruit League opener. "Adrian [Gonzalez] who?," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine cracked. "I don't think you can hit a ball better than that. I mean that was a low breaking ball,...

Crawford shut down for 5 to 7 days

Michael Silverman of the Herald has the bad news that Carl Crawford's previously hasty recovery is indeed taking a setback: A medical examination today revealed inflammation in the left wrist of Carl Crawford, which increases the likelihood that he will not be ready for Opening Day. Crawford will be shut down from hitting and throwing for the next five to seven days in order...

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...

Miller and Sox hoping it all finally clicks

This is from Ian Browne at MLB.comFORT MYERS, Fla. -- For years, Spring Training has represented a fresh start for lanky lefty Andrew Miller. It is a time when he could go back to the drawing board and try to get back to being the dominant pitcher that made him a first-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.If the 26-year-old Miller wants to take one of those spots by the...

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...

Carl Crawford Suffers Minor Setback in Return From Wrist Surgery

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...

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...

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was born to dance

Last week, new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine tried to force himself into the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry by throwing jabs at Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. And while all the banter is meaningless and for the birds, the Yankees just won any sort of pre-season back and forth with Valentine. During spring training in Fort Myers, Florida, the Red Sox Foundation hold an annual ...

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...

Jonathan Papelbon impersonates Terry Francona

It is time for the start of the Terry Francona impersonation era! The Tim Kurkjian impressions have been abundant during this years spring training camp and just when they were starting to get old, this Terry Francona impersonation saved the day. Watch as quirky ex-BoSox’s closer Jonathon Papelbon does a spot on impersonation of his old manager, chew and all. Nice!

Pitching, Defense, and Dan Butler

Red Sox Live Blog: David Ortiz, Dan Butler Go Deep As Sox Dominate Twins 10-2Yay Papi! Yay Dan Butler! Wait, who?This guy. He's on pace to catch Ruth. (I suppose all the rookies are, at this point.) But seriously, it's nice to see a rookie make an impression so soon.

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...

Red Sox Live Blog: Clay Buchholz to Make First Spring Training Start As Sox Square Off With Twins

8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox got a head start in the pursuit of the Mayor's Cup -- that is if Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire plans to give it up. Both teams will go at it again on Monday. This time, the game will take place at Hammonds Stadium, the Twins' facility in Fort Myers. On Sunday, Red Sox first base prospect Lars Anderson was the unlikely hero to blow the game open against...
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