Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Red Sox Digest 20th 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, the esteemed Boston Globe

Eric Wilbur is in Florida. You can follow his blog/reports here. One of the Globes best keeps us up to date with what is going on in Spring Training. Lucky fella.

Nice little story about a local boy hanging out with the big guys.
Major long shot
N.H. pitcher enjoying his time in Sox camp
By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff | February 20, 2007

RED SOX NOTEBOOK
Arriving at Ramírez decision - Manager waits for information
By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff | February 20, 2007

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Julio Lugo, the new Red Sox shortstop, checked in yesterday morning, a day before position players are scheduled to report, joining Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, and Eric Hinske among the more prominent early arrivals. Mike Lowell dropped off some stuff at camp in the afternoon, and the buzz is that David Ortiz, who was three days early last year, will hold court today.

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK
Dice-K Daily: Catcher has cheat sheet of Japanese phrases
Bit of a chill hits in Florida
A-Rod: Jeter and I are less friendly
By Associated Press | February 20, 2007
There's a lot going on in Red Sox camp, but the Yankees aren't far behind.

Column: A-Rod & Jeter, Jung and restless
By Ronald Blum, AP Baseball Writer | February 20, 2007

TAMPA, Fla. --Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter no longer have sleepovers. Perhaps this means they've grown up.

Onwards and upwards with the Boston Herald

Julio is man for job: Lugo happy to be here
By Tony Massarotti
Boston Herald Sports Columnist
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - Updated: 03:20 AM EST

FORT MYERS - We know what you’re thinking: Oh great, another shortstop. But if you believe the Red Sox [team stats] erred when they failed to re-sign Orlando Cabrera following the 2004 season, know that the Sox see Julio Lugo [stats] as the same kind of player.

Making pitch for Manny: Tavarez defends pal
By Jeff Horrigan
Boston Herald Sports Reporter
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - Updated: 01:08 AM EST

FORT MYERS - Manny Ramirez [stats] will start the new year just like he ended the previous one, out of sight while his teammates are working on the field. But friend and confidante Julian Tavarez insists the enigmatic slugger’s reasons for arriving at spring training on March 1 are genuine.


Crisp’s finger not yet sharp
By Jeff Horrigan/ Red Sox Notebook
Boston Herald Sports Reporter
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

FORT MYERS - Coco Crisp still is experiencing the aftereffects of a fractured left index finger almost a year after suffering the injury, according to Terry Francona.

Timlin wants chance to close
By Tony Massarotti
Boston Herald Sports Columnist
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - Updated: 05:24 AM EST

FORT MYERS - Four years ago, in his first spring with the Red Sox [team stats], Mike Timlin [stats] was a member of The Committee. The Sox have dismissed that philosophy, but the end game remains unchanged. They need a closer.
Timlin believes he can do the job.

Williams a no-show at Yankees’ camp
By Associated Press
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - Updated: 03:58 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. - Bernie Williams was nowhere to be seen, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman doesn’t think that will change.
”It appears he made his decision. That’s all I can take from it,” Cashman said. ”I’m assuming at this stage that he’s not coming.”

The big chill: A-Rod, Jeter not so chummy
By Herald wire services
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - Updated: 03:54 AM EST

On the first day of his fourth season with the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez finally acknowledged his relationship with Derek Jeter has cooled. After insisting for three years that they remained close, Rodriguez said it was “important” to him to publicly confirm what others have said since he joined the team.

Twins have spot for Ponson if he can prove he’s turned it around
By Associated Press
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - Updated: 03:52 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Sidney Ponson’s offseason lasted longer than usual, giving him plenty of time to ponder personal improvement and prepare for the most important spring of his unsatisfying career.

Swindal apologizes, won’t speculate if arrest will alter role with Yankees
By Associated Press
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - Updated: 04:02 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. - Steve Swindal returned to work at Legends Field on Monday and apologized for becoming a distraction. He wouldn’t speculate whether his arrest last week for driving under the influence would alter his role as George Steinbrenner’s designated successor to run the New York Yankees.

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