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    Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
    Lugo, SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .333
    2-Diaz, PR-SS 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
    Pedroia, 2B 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 .286
    Ochoa, 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .286
    Ortiz, DH 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
    b-Bailey, PH-DH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .571
    Youkilis, 1B 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 .222
    Anderson, 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
    Baldelli, RF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500
    Reddic k, RF 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .200
    McAnulty, LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .200
    Daeges, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Bard, J, C 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .200
    Maldonado, C, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Wagner, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
    Chavez, A, 3B 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .333
    1-Suarez, PR-3B 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Van Every, J, CF 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .250
    a-Ambres, PH-CF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
    Totals 28 2 7 2 3 5 9

    a-Struck out for Van Every, J in the 8th. b-Singled for Ortiz in the 9th.
    1-Ran for Chavez, A in the 6th. 2-Ran for Lugo in the 6th.

    BATTING
    HR: Youkilis (1, 7th inning off Breslow, 0 on, 0 out).
    TB: Lugo; Bailey; Youkilis 4; Baldelli; Red****; Bard, J; Van Every, J.
    RBI: Pedroia (1), Youkilis (1).
    SF: Pedroia.
    GIDP: Chavez, A; Bard, J; Ortiz; Red****.
    Team LOB: 3.

    BASERUNNING
    CS: Red**** (1, 2nd base by Breslow/Morales, J).
    PO: Red**** (1st base by Breslow).

    FIELDING
    E: Diaz (2, fielding).
    DP: (Suarez-Ochoa-Anderson).
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    • http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/news/ar...=.jsp&c_id=bos

      FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For five members of the Red Sox, Sunday afternoon was the start of a respite from the monotony of Spring Training. While the rest of the team geared up for another month of the same-old, same-old, David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Bay and Javier Lopez got to pack their bags and leave for the camps of their respective World Baseball Classic squads.
      But it was also a signal for those who were departing -- and also Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been based in Japan this spring -- that some important games are on the docket soon.

      Youkilis was able to provide the best parting gift from camp, belting a solo homer to right-center against the Twins, his first of Spring Training. It was a welcome sight for the first baseman, who said that his swing had resembled "horse manure" in recent days.

      "Spring Training -- it's one of those things where it all of a sudden clicks," Youkilis said. "Sometimes, it doesn't click, and then all of a sudden it does. For me, if I can get it clicking at the right time, that's all that matters. So hopefully, the next week or so, I start feeling good. I'll have four more games in before we get to the [Classic]. I should be all right."

      Technically, the Classic is an exhibition tournament. But as Bay learned three years ago, it is an electric atmosphere that he will be more ready for this time around.

      "I kind of went into it with no expectations last time, and one thing that kind of caught me off-guard was once you got out there, you couldn't simulate the atmosphere," said Bay, who is playing for Canada. "There's no toning it back. There's one switch, and it's 'on' and you go. Understanding that, I think now I'm prepared for it."

      Though this is the first Classic for Pedroia, the high-voltage atmosphere will likely be far better suited to his mentality than the laid-back vibe of Spring Training.

      "Yeah, Spring Training is tough," Pedroia said. "You try to get your work done. I'm the type of player that I only care about winning. That's what makes me play better. Sometimes, playing Spring Training games can get a little too relaxed."

      And as Ortiz can attest to, there is nothing relaxing about playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. To the natives back home, the DR's success in the tournament is a source of immense national pride.

      "It means a lot -- that's all they talk about," Ortiz said. "We've been talking about this for years. Everybody knows that there's a lot of Dominican players, that, if you look around the league and you look around the top 10 or top 20 players, you've got a whole bunch of guys from the Dominican representing. Just because of that, you see people back home going crazy about a tournament like this. You add all those good players together in one group, you never know what you can get."

      But Ortiz, who plays 81 home games a year in Boston, knows all playing amid an intense environment.

      "That's what you're living through every day at Fenway," Ortiz said. "Intensity. Getting it done. This is no different, you know?"

      Youkilis doesn't really know, because he didn't play in the 2006 Classic. But he's looking forward to seeing what the buzz is about.

      "Sometimes in life, it's better to just go into it and not try to ask someone a bunch of questions because you've got to experience yourself," Youkilis said. "Sometimes, if you have an image from other people, then you're expecting one thing. So I like to just go into it full throttle and absorb it all in."

      While Youkilis, Pedroia, Ortiz and Matsuzaka are playing for nations with big expectations, Bay will try to help Canada pull off some upsets, much like they did three years ago in a victory over Team USA.

      "When we went the first time, our bracket was in Arizona, and although we didn't move up, we beat the U.S. and that beat hockey highlights on TSN," Bay said. "It's really a no-lose situation. You go in and you don't win, 'Hey, you weren't supposed to.' If you do like we did a couple of years ago [against Team USA], it kind of makes it that much more enjoyable, that much sweeter."

      One thing different for Bay in this tournament is that he will play center field. For most of his career, Bay has primarily played left. This will be his first time in center since 2005, when he played 30 games there for the Pirates.

      "I told them, as long as you're not expecting Torii Hunter out there, I'll play," said Bay.

      As for Red Sox manager Terry Francona, he will now be scrambling on certain days to fill out his lineup card.

      "The next home game, we want to play all our regulars, and there's only four there," Francona said. "Bay is gone, Ortiz is gone, Youkilis is gone, Pedroia is gone. I guess some of our concern is especially when we make road trips to not feel like fans are getting cheated, and that's going to be hard."

      Aside from that, Francona just hopes his players who play in the Classic come back healthy.

      "I think it's great -- the players that want to go should go," Francona said. "I don't have any [problem with that]. But it's just hard from where we sit. This is the way we make our living. And if somebody comes back from that thing, especially a pitcher and they're not healthy, it directly gets in the way you make your living, and that's hard. If Dice-K comes back and his arm is sore, you can't go out and get another Dice-K. That's just being realistic."
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      • The Score is tided 3-3 after 7 innings.


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        • 5-3 O's
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          • FORT MYERS, Fla. - The comfort with which Junichi Tazawa has operated during his first major league spring training astounds his closest observers. Manager Terry Francona raved about the confidence and calm Tazawa exudes while he pitches. Fellow pitcher Takashi Saito suggested Tazawa could alter how Japanese ballplayers are viewed.

            Only 22, Tazawa has adjusted to a new country and a new level of baseball without issue, always wearing an easy smile or hardly any expression at all. All of which, he said, is veneer.

            "When it comes to facing live hitters," Tazawa said, "I certainly feel pretty nervous out there."

            Through two outings, albeit against college teams, Tazawa has given ample reason to believe otherwise. Yesterday, he threw two scoreless innings against Northeastern in a 14-0 Red Sox victory, striking out four and allowing one runner, a walk. He has allowed zero runs in three innings this spring, a tribute to his rapid adjustment from Japan's Industrial League.

            A Japanese staff and two Japanese pitchers, Saito and Hideki Okajima, have relaxed Tazawa away from baseball, but nothing else is familiar. He has adjusted his throwing routine, no longer firing 100 pitches day after day. The facilities are gorgeous compared to what he used in the Industrial League. He pitches beside the best players in the world. And his home is on the other side of the planet.

            "Everything," Tazawa said, "is new to me."

            And yet, Tazawa already has inspired gaudy plaudits, the most intriguing of which came from countryman Saito.

            "I think that he is going to become the type of person that's going to change what it means to be a Japanese baseball player," Saito said. "In a few years, maybe he won't need an interpreter. Maybe he won't need all the Japanese staff that surrounds him today. And I think that he's going to change that label of being Japanese."

            Tazawa, when apprised of Saito's praise, offered a more humble aim.

            "I don't think of myself as a pioneer," he said. "I just wanted to play baseball in the US. That's why I'm here."

            And, by all accounts, Tazawa plays well. He throws two different breaking balls, which he mixes with low-to-mid 90s velocity on his fastball. His lack of big league competition has tempered praise, but his potential is undeniable.

            "You can see what's coming out of his hand," Francona said. "It'll be more interesting when major league hitters, if he makes a mistake, what they'll do with it.

            "I guess I didn't expect him to be this polished. He seems to know what he's doing. It's going to be really fun to watch his progression, because there's a lot there."

            Tazawa, who figures to begin the regular season in Double A, has yet to face a major league batter. He'll confront that step with his mix of eagerness and apprehension.

            "I certainly want to see how I stack up," Tazawa said. "But at the same time, I'm a little bit nervous to face them."

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            • Baltimore 5, Boston 3


              Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
              Ellsbury, CF 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 .222
              Van Every, J, CF 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .167
              Lowrie, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .143
              Khoury, 3B-2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
              Carter, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .364
              Daeges, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
              Wilkerson, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .231
              McAnulty, 1B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .182
              Bailey, RF 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 .556
              Ambres, RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
              Anderson, DH 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .125
              Kottaras, G, C 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 .250
              a-Brown, PH-C 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200
              Green, N, 2B 3 1 2 1 0 0 2 .538
              Borowiak, Z, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
              Ochoa, SS 3 1 1 2 0 2 2 .300
              Diaz, SS 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
              Totals 34 3 7 3 2 9 14

              a-Grounded out for Kottaras, G in the 6th.

              BATTING
              2B: Green, N (1, Johnson).
              HR: Ochoa (1, 7th inning off Waters, 1 on, 0 out).
              TB: Ellsbury; Carter; Bailey; Anderson; Green, N 3; Ochoa 4.
              RBI: Green, N (3), Ochoa 2 (2).
              Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Green, N 2; Wilkerson; Ellsbury 2.
              Team LOB: 7.

              FIELDING
              DP: (Khoury-Green, N-McAnulty).


              Masterson 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
              Hansack 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 3.00
              Traber 1.0 3 2 2 1 0 0 12.00
              Bard, D 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
              Richardson 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
              Mills (L, 0-1) 2.0 2 2 2 0 1 1 6.00
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              • Penny's first Sox start may be delayed

                By Ian Browne / MLB.com

                FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As a precaution, the Red Sox might postpone Brad Penny's first exhibition start, which is currently scheduled for Thursday against Puerto Rico's World Baseball Classic squad.


                Penny's batting-practice
                session on Sunday at City of Palms Park was cut to 25 pitches when the right-hander had trouble getting loose.

                "We cut his bullpen and BP short [Sunday]," Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell told WEEI.com from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Monday, where the Red Sox played the Orioles. "It got to the point where he threw 25 pitches of BP and he didn't feel like he could get fully loose and certainly not turn up the intensity. So rather than push it further, we felt it was a point of diminishing returns, so we cut it off at that."

                The Red Sox have brought Penny along at a slightly slower pace than the team's other starters this spring because of the right shoulder woes that shortened his 2008 season to just 19 appearances.

                Boston manager Terry Francona didn't have a chance to speak with Penny before going to Fort Lauderdale on Monday, so a definitive decision on whether the righty will face Puerto Rico isn't likely to come before Tuesday.
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                • My New fav Commerical



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                  • So what's going on?
                    I haven't had a chance to follow my team at all
                    Who is emerging as a prospect to make the team this year?
                    Bailey, Bardelli on RF
                    About catchers and SS?
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                    • To be honest, I have not heard much either way. I think it is safe to say that Baldi will be the 4th outfielder.

                      Other then that I don't think much has been decided upon. I will ask around for you on another sight I go to. Speaking of which are you on Sawxheads dragster?
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                      • Originally posted by Southstander View Post
                        Speaking of which are you on Sawxheads dragster?
                        ummm...what's that?
                        I guess no lol!
                        Got a link?
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                        • Hurry back, South. :salute!:
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                          • Originally posted by keithbishop View Post
                            Hurry back, South. :salute!:
                            Yes, please do!! We'll do our best to keep this thread alive and kicking until you're return!!
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                            • what the heck did he do?

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                              • how do you get banned from this site ? that sux dude and i hope you can come back soon south :salute!:

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