Monday, February 26, 2007

Red Sox Digest 26th 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

The Boston Globe

Nice piece from Shaughnessy on Brendan Donnelly in today's Globe. I had the pleasure of meeting Donnelly in '05 in LA and he seemed like a really cool guy. I think he will be a very big success in the Sox pen for '07.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY
Donnelly's deliveries can be biting

February 26, 2007

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He's got a World Series ring. He was the winning pitcher of the 2003 All-Star Game. His lifetime big league record is 23-8 with a 2.87 ERA. Major league batters have hit only .219 against him.


Loved this bit from a quote from David Wells on Tito;
"Tito is awesome," Wells said. "I wish a lot of managers were like him. He lets you go out and play. Just don't embarrass the team and be accountable. He messed with all the guys. He made you feel welcome and at home at the ballpark. That's what players like to see.''

BASEBALL NOTES
Wells weighs in on Boston

Red Sox get praise, fans get brushback
By Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff

Finishing offers him fresh start
A new role could signify season of change for Pineiro

By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff | February 26, 2007

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Joel Pineiro was midway through his first bullpen session last week when a stray ball from the other side of the green divider that splits the bullpen rolled past him. He turned around and saw, leaning alone against the cyclone fence at the rear of the pen, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, his arms folded.

Dustin Pedroia article
Second chance
After tough September stretch in '06, Pedroia wised up, shaped up, and slimmed down
Defense has never been the issue with Dustin Pedroia, who worked out with new double play partner Julio Lugo yesterday. Defense has never been the issue with Dustin Pedroia, who worked out with new double play partner Julio Lugo yesterday.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK
Tiant isn't expecting call
Veterans vote due tomorrow

By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff | February 26, 2007

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Luis Tiant is not optimistic about his chances when the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee announces the results of its voting tomorrow.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK
Papelbon still open to closing
By Dan Shaughnessy, Globe Staff


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- While the Red Sox go about looking for a new closer, Jonathan Papelbon continues to say he'll go back to the bullpen if the club makes such a request. Papelbon, recovered from a shoulder injury, is almost certain to start the season in the rotation, but he remains a great alternative if the closer search comes up empty

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK
Damon leaves for personal reasons

By Associated Press

Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon is expected to miss at least a few days of spring training for personal reasons.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY
Live, from Fort Myers, it's Dice-K


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One of the great things about the pre- game phase of spring training is "live batting practice." It's when hitters step into the batting cage and try to hit real big league pitching. The hurlers give them the courtesy of telling them what's coming, but the ball isn't lobbed into their wheelhouse.

It's debatable whether Pineiro can be slotted into closer role

By all accounts, everyone liked Joel Pineiro in Seattle, but everyone we talked to agreed he's had a few dreadful seasons, which makes it difficult to project him as a closer.

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