Found March 04, 2012 on
FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Ryan Sweeney stands 6-foot-4. His 223-pound frame is chiseled. His 37-inch vertical leap during physicals was the team's highest total. Despite that combination of height, strength and athleticism, Sweeney has belted 14 only career homers during his six years in the majors. His career high for a season came in 2009, when he unloaded six round-trippers. But over the past two seasons, he's only left the yard once per year. "I don't think he knows himself as well as he should, especially as a hitter," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "Seems like on the outfield,...
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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...
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...
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...
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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
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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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...