Monday, February 19, 2007

Red Sox Digest 19th Feb 2007
All the Red Sox news that's fit to print

Every morning before work I go through the online papers and pick out the best of the Boston Red Sox related articles in the Globe, Herald and many others so you can just sit there, point, click and read. Considering I am five hours ahead of the East Coast of the USA, I am posting this as most of your alarm clocks go off over there. Enjoy.

Let's chop it up. First off the bat, congratulations to a few people. Congratulations to Boston Celtics youngster Gerald Green, Movie star Bridget Moynahan and New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady.

To Brady and Moynahan first. From the NY Post - February 18, 2007 -- ''BRIDGET Moynahan, the star of ABC's "Six Degrees," is expecting and the father is New England Patriot All-Pro quarterback Tom Brady, although the couple is no longer together.''

Same story different slant in the Boston Globe.

Congratulations too to Gerald Green, who won the weekends All Star slam-dunk championship.

ALL-STAR NOTEBOOK
High-flying Green slam dunk champ
By Peter May, Globe Staff | February 18, 2007

''Look Ma, I can fly!''

LAS VEGAS -- Gerald Green blew away the competition with an assortment of creative dunks that touched on Celtics history and showed the world his extraordinary hops last night to become the 2007 Slam Dunk champion. It wasn't even close.

On to the Sox news and first off the Boston Herald

Dice-K earns stripes: Team-building begins
By Tony Massarotti - Boston Herald Sports Columnist
'' ‘Did you see him carrying my equipment bag? I told him its an American custom.’ - Jason Varitek, explaining why Daisuke Matsuzaka lugged the catchers equipment onto the field yesterday at spring training ''

Matsuzaka likely to debut vs. Eagles
By Jeff Horrigan/ Red Sox Notebook - Boston Herald Sports Reporter
Monday, February 19, 2007
''FORT MYERS - The Red Sox [team stats]’ formerly meaningless exhibition game with Boston College is likely to be the most important sporting event to an entire nation this year.
That nation, however, will be Japan. Terry Francona announced yesterday that Daisuke Matsuzaka will most likely start against the Eagles in the March 2 exhibition game (6:05 p.m.) at City Of Palms Park.''

Pen shift a relief: Pineiro enjoys new role
By Tony Massarotti - Boston Herald Sports Columnist
Monday, February 19, 2007
''FORT MYERS - It is hardly a coincidence that Daisuke Matsuzaka’s locker is next to that of catcher Jason Varitek in the clubhouse at the Red Sox [team stats]’ minor league complex. But let the record show that the man living on the other side of Varitek is not there by accident, either.''

Weight’s off his shoulder: Trim Pedroia ready to earn keeps
By Jeff Horrigan - Boston Herald Sports Reporter

Schilling cranking it up: Just getting loose with arm, lips
By Jeff Horrigan - Boston Herald Sports Reporter

MLB: Bernie has minor dissatisfaction in Yanks
By Herald wire services
''Bernie Williams wants a guarantee, not a maybe, so it appears he won’t be with the New York Yankees when position players start workouts tomorrow. ''

It’s full steam ahead for Lester
By Jeff Horrigan/ Red Sox Notebook
Boston Herald Sports Reporter

Varitek still rock solid: Veteran has staff’s trust
By Tony Massarotti - Boston Herald Sports Columnist

On to the Red Sox news in the Boston Globe

Ace touches on foreign policy, health care
By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff | February 19, 2007
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He spared Terry Francona the trouble of naming an Opening Day starter by matter of factly mentioning he's planning to pitch that day.

Early returns favorable
Varitek, Schilling laud Matsuzaka
By Amalie Benjamin, Globe Staff | February 19, 2007

DAN SHAUGHNESSY
Spring flings mark Sox' first workout
By Dan Shaughnessy, Globe Columnist | February 19, 2007

RED SOX NOTEBOOK
Tavarez: Ramírez a latecomer

By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff | February 19, 2007
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Julian Tavarez said in a TV interview last night that Manny Ramírez will not report to camp until March 1 because his mother requires surgery for an undisclosed reason.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY
Baseball season means a trip to wondering land with Manny

By Dan Shaughnessy, Globe Columnist

RED SOX NOTEBOOK
Time to get throwing
By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff | February 18, 2007
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka is among the first group of Red Sox pitchers who will throw bullpen sessions today, when the team takes the field for its first official workout of camp.

BASEBALL NOTES
Sox, Yankees are an unmatched pair

By Nick Cafardo
A look at the American League; second of two parts

An age-old question for Varitek
Catcher says he has something to prove
By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff | February 18, 2007
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In 106 seasons of Red Sox baseball, there's Birdie Tebbetts, who did it twice, in 1948 and '49, and Tony Pena, the last to do it, in 1992. They are the only Sox catchers 35 or older who managed as many as 400 at-bats in a season.

Checking things out behind enemy lines...
The New York papers (The NY Times and the NY Post)
The New York Times up first

Following His Heart, Samardzija Cuts Off Route to N.F.L.
By KAREN CROUSE - Published: February 19, 2007

With Pride, Howard Says M.V.P. Ability Is All Natural
By JACK CURRY - Published: February 19, 2007

Sympathy in Camp as a Friend Stays Away
By TYLER KEPNER - Published: February 19, 2007

For Tigers Pitchers, Fielding Comes First
By JACK CURRY - Published: February 17, 2007

The New York Post


PAVANO RESTS HEAVY LEGS
By GEORGE KING
February 19, 2007 -- TAMPA - Ten weeks in the desert rehabilitating his body didn't prepare Carl Pavano's legs for the early part of spring training. So, when the Yankees rotation participated in fielding drills yesterday, Pavano was sidelined due to heavy legs caused by three days of running on grass.

THE CANDLE STILL BERNS
CALLS TO WILLIAMS NOT RETURNED

By GEORGE KING
February 19, 2007 -- TAMPA - Joe Torre believes he knows why Bernie Williams wasn't among the position players who reported to camp yesterday and why his career could be finished.

yankee blog
by george king
Bernie Williams is running out of time. If this is the end of a great Yankees' career, get ready for Bernie Williams Day.

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