March 22, 2007

AT THIS RATE, FRANCONA'S GOING TO REGROW HIS HAIR:

Dice-K aims higher: Unsatisfied despite 5 2/3 dominant innings (Jeff Horrigan, 3/22/07, Boston Herald)

Red Sox [team stats] manager Terry Francona was amused to hear that Daisuke Matsuzaka was so unsatisfied with his work in yesterday's 7-3 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field that he considered himself to have "struggled" throughout his 5 2/3-inning stint.

Evidently, allowing one run on one hit with a walk and seven strikeouts in gusty conditions left the Sox' newest cult hero unfulfilled, which drew a chuckle from his manager.


Drew in the swing (Jeff Horrigan, 3/22/07, Boston Herald)
With the spotlight primarily redirected to Daisuke Matsuzaka, Manny Ramirez [stats], Curt Schilling [stats] and the uncertain closer situation, J.D. Drew has quietly put together an incredible first spring with the Red Sox.

The veteran outfielder, who signed a five-year, $70 million free agent contract over the winter, went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI in yesterday's 7-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Drew, whom manager Terry Francona gave a five-day rest last week to conserve energy for the regular season, is hitting a team-leading .464 in 10 games with three doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBI.

"He's been tremendous and it bodes well for the season," Francona said. "Because of the way he's hitting, that left field wall (at Fenway Park) is going to look very near to him."

Manny makes trip for extra work (Jeff Horrigan, 3/22/07, Boston Herald)
The always unpredictable Manny Ramirez [stats] passed up a light workout day in Fort Myers and asked to accompany the Red Sox [team stats] on their bus ride north for yesterday's 7-3 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field.

Ramirez was 1-for-1 with an RBI single and two walks to improve to .267 this spring. He is expected to get back on the bus this morning for the three-hour trek to Clearwater to face the Philadelphia Phillies. The enigmatic slugger often has asked at the last minute to make trips that he wasn't scheduled to be on in order to get more at-bats and find his comfort zone.

"He said he was bored, and he wanted to play," manager Terry Francona said with a laugh. . . .

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments

Papelbon back in the pen.

Posted by: pchuck at March 22, 2007 2:43 PM

Which is what Francona wanted.

Posted by: oj at March 22, 2007 7:05 PM

Last year I gave in and played fantasy baseball (one of those Yahoo autodraft public teams). This year I am in a league with a draft and all the stuff, I'm drinking all the Kool-Aid. Anyhow, I drafted JJ Putz from Seattle thinking he was my reliever. I also drafted Papelbon as a starter. Yesterday I found out Putz is having arm trouble and thought it was all over; however, I also learned Papelbon was moved to the pen. I am not a Red Sox fan but I've got: Lugo, Dice-K, Papelbon and Manny.

Posted by: pchuck at March 22, 2007 9:50 PM

p:

I hope you've grabbed Brandon Morrow to go with Putz? I'd not be surprised if the former saves more M's games this year.

Posted by: oj at March 23, 2007 6:13 AM
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