Return of the Prodigal Pedroia

Yes, No. 15 Dustin Pedroia was back in your Boston Red Sox lineup today, batting second and playing second base.

The first play of the game went to second base and Pedroia fielded it cleanly. In his first at-bat, he drove in Ellsbury with a grounder to short. In his second and final at-bat, Pedroia reached on an infield single and went to second on the error before coming out for a pinch-runner.

“I felt good,” Pedroia said. “I think
the biggest thing is to see how it feels tomorrow. Hopefully I’m not sore or
anything like that. I definitely want to take it slow. I’ve been doing all my
treatment stuff. It was good to get back on the field and get a couple of
at-bats and get back in the game rhythm. Tomorrow is probably the biggest day
to see how it feels. Hopefully I’m not sore and hopefully Sunday I can get out
there and play again.”

 

J.D. Drew was hit by a pitch on the right hand and was taken for X-Rays. They were negative. It was just a contusion.

Yet another strong outing for Clay Buchholz, who lowered his Spring Training ERA to 0.66 with five innings and no earned runs.

One other obvious positive development here today. Jason Varitek absolutely tatooed a three-run homer from the left side. He hit it on the street behind the RF wall. Tek’s second lefty homer of the week.

The big game of the weekend of course — no, not a college basketball game — is Japan vs. Team USA. Sunday night, 9 p.m., Dice-K taking the ball.

Pedroia only wishes he could be there.

“I wish I was
there and to be a part of it with those guys. It was an unbelievable experience
getting a chance to play with all those guys. I’ll definitely be rooting hard
for them. I’ll shoot them a text message, a little motivational speech for ‘em.
I’ll get em going,” Pedroia said.

Intrepid reporter Jonny Miller of WBZ Radio asked Pedroia if he had any secrets for Team USA about facing Dice-K.

 

“Daisuke is lucky I’m not there, I’d hit a line drive
right off his back and you guys can put that in your paper. I would hit him
right in his back. He better hope the Red Sox don’t trade him,” Pedroia said, as he walked away.

 

Funny stuff. A chirpy Pedroia must mean a healthy Pedroia.

35 Comments

Welcome Back Petey!!! Go get em!!!
I see our ex catcher has signed a minor league deal with the Empire….. “Yank’s snare ex-RedSox catcher”…. I cant see this as anyhting but a plus situation for Cash… I wish that I could wish him well, but I can’t….. If he were a Met, Angel, BlueJay, DevilRay whatever, I could but not aYankee!!! How bad is that, I feel bad!

fantasy league is full ty for whoever joined…that means u ellen lol….draft is sunday…im ready lol…judge

Varitek just smashed a 3 run HR. If his hitting continues in the regular season, I owe Tek an apology.

Ian,
Are there two games going on in Ft. Myers right now?

Let’s hope that’s the case Andy!! (that he keeps hitting)

Yay Dustin and YAY TEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You go!! That is SUCH good news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

The draft is Sunday??? The Last I saw it was Thursday the 26th!!

I am not too sure that Papebon’s shoulder is perefectly ok. It’s high time to develop a closer and have one ready for the opening day.

draft is sunday ellen…8 pm cdt….we had to do it then or we lost 1st week of season by yahoo rules…..judge

Good to see Buch get another great outing in–1 run in 5 innings. Great job. Oki did well today also–good to see.
Andy, while I don’t know if we need to “develop” a closer, per se, I agree we’ll need a Plan B behind Pap, be it Oki, Saito, Masterson, Ramirez, or even Smoltz. I think we have enough OPTIONS to fill the role; it will be necessary to make use of those options whenever Pap is on the shelf. If this ST pattern holds up, we’ll need it (and Tito and Farrell will have earned their salary this year if they manage this right!). But I think we have enough options to fill the closer role this year. It will behoove Pap to remain healthy this year, though, if he wants a chance at that “closer salary”!

Tek has been hitting for power, Andy, so have Papi and Mike Lowell. We just need the avg. to accompany that power. But I have not seen power outtages from any of those guys, including Tek. I’m liking what I see! GO SOX!

Judge: just to be sure thats 6pm eastern correct??

I think that Masterson may have the “mind set” to be that plan B closer… He gets that kind of pyscho look in his eyes when he’s really locked in and smokin… just my opinion…

9 est time or 9pm or 2100 hrs…..hehe…..your time

Whew……….. Let the weekend begin!!! (fttttt, ahhh, the beer is cold!!)

And the martinis are tasty! :-D

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I haven’t noticed much fron Arnie lately… has anyone heard from him?? Hope he’s well.

I think you’re right, Ellen, about Masterful Masterson having that “closer’s mindset”. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in that role, esp. if Pap is set back. Smoltz certainly does–I wouldn’t mind him in that closer’s role, either!
I saw a post from Arnie (and Craig) the other day, otherwise, I haven’t heard much from them either! Arnie, Craig, hope y’all are doing OK!

I tried to email Arnie and it was returned…. so..
HEY ARNIE, WHERE ARE YOU??

moanin all…well ellen we have just over 24 hours till D day…..im psyched….. as for the closer spot ….ive always been in favor of the closer being something u dont see that often…ie….a flame thrower…..a quirky delivery….or a real nasty pitch in the pocket…..not just someone with the mindset….bard im sure will be groomed….hansen had the nastiest slider i ve ever seen but he lost his control and his fastball was straight….paps has that fork ball( splitter) and the most deadliest pitch other than a screwball….the rising fastball…….personally i think hw will be ok but we have many closer type pitchers to play with….and we always have timmy….the way buch is pitchin we either to make that deal for a 5-10 yr catcher or slam him into the starting order….i still pray for the 6 man rotation so each starter can pitch longer and then u can have the bullpen rested also….in the words of the infamous sam kinison….SAY IT…SAY IT……. teagerden is on his way……lord i can only dream…..judge

Well, I just finished the draft for Jeffs Fantasy League.. And I have a few RedSox pitchers…. The 1st player drafted was Petey… Jeff had the 1st pick so he got him… and Beckett… and Matsuzaka… I’ve got Masterson, Clayboy and Wake… I also have Coco. I think that I’ll do fairly well with my guys!!!! My team name is Crazy fortheSox..So please y’all, cheer me on!!!! Hey Judge… I’m comin for ya baby!!!

Hi Ellen,
I’m here and I’m OK. Just really really busy, with work and house maintenance and yard clean-up and such. I’ve been away from the blog for a little bit. If you want to email me use yahoo.com, the rest is the same.

But I like the way the Sox are looking this spring. Lowrie is really making a statement and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Tek will continue to hit the ball hard.
The pitching is deep. If Papi is 100% healthy and Mike L. can play full tilt, the Sox will be fine. More than fine.

Sam Kinison…….hilarious!! One of the great ones!

Hi Arnie!!! Good to see you back!!! There is a “coldfront” coming through today, so we have the rain ahead of it, otherwise I would be out mowing the lawn in my stiletto’s!! lol.. I guess today will be an inside day. How’re things in the Culinary Corner?? I splurged a little and we’re having T-Bone/Porterhouse with some fried shrimp tonight.

I stuck with my No Yankees policy in today’s fantasy baseball draft. I play fantasy baseball to win, but I also enjoy it because I like following the games, and I like to have fun with it. Being forced to root for a Yankees player to do well is not my idea of fun. I drafted Pedroia higher than most drafts (even though this is an AL-only league). I did so because I had the No. 1 pick, and when you have the top pick in Yahoo Sports! leagues, you don’t pick again until the end of the second round, and we have a 10-team league. No way Pedroia would have been around with the 20th pick. I think Pedroia will hit .300 and actually improve upon last year’s power numbers. I think he can hit 20 dingers and knock in 85 or 90.

Jeff
http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

I stuck with my No Yankees policy in today’s fantasy baseball draft. I play fantasy baseball to win, but I also enjoy it because I like following the games, and I like to have fun with it. Being forced to root for a Yankees player to do well is not my idea of fun. I drafted Pedroia higher than most drafts (even though this is an AL-only league). I did so because I had the No. 1 pick, and when you have the top pick in Yahoo Sports! leagues, you don’t pick again until the end of the second round, and we have a 10-team league. No way Pedroia would have been around with the 20th pick. I think Pedroia will hit .300 and actually improve upon last year’s power numbers. I think he can hit 20 dingers and knock in 85 or 90.

Jeff
http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

I stuck with my No Yankees policy in today’s fantasy baseball draft. I play fantasy baseball to win, but I also enjoy it because I like following the games, and I like to have fun with it. Being forced to root for a Yankees player to do well is not my idea of fun. I drafted Pedroia higher than most drafts (even though this is an AL-only league). I did so because I had the No. 1 pick, and when you have the top pick in Yahoo Sports! leagues, you don’t pick again until the end of the second round, and we have a 10-team league. No way Pedroia would have been around with the 20th pick. I think Pedroia will hit .300 and actually improve upon last year’s power numbers. I think he can hit 20 dingers and knock in 85 or 90.

Jeff
http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

I stuck with my No Yankees policy in today’s fantasy baseball draft. I play fantasy baseball to win, but I also enjoy it because I like following the games, and I like to have fun with it. Being forced to root for a Yankees player to do well is not my idea of fun. I drafted Pedroia higher than most drafts (even though this is an AL-only league). I did so because I had the No. 1 pick, and when you have the top pick in Yahoo Sports! leagues, you don’t pick again until the end of the second round, and we have a 10-team league. No way Pedroia would have been around with the 20th pick. I think Pedroia will hit .300 and actually improve upon last year’s power numbers. I think he can hit 20 dingers and knock in 85 or 90.

Jeff
http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

I stuck with my No Yankees policy in today’s fantasy baseball draft. I play fantasy baseball to win, but I also enjoy it because I like following the games, and I like to have fun with it. Being forced to root for a Yankees player to do well is not my idea of fun. I drafted Pedroia higher than most drafts (even though this is an AL-only league). I did so because I had the No. 1 pick, and when you have the top pick in Yahoo Sports! leagues, you don’t pick again until the end of the second round, and we have a 10-team league. No way Pedroia would have been around with the 20th pick. I think Pedroia will hit .300 and actually improve upon last year’s power numbers. I think he can hit 20 dingers and knock in 85 or 90.

Jeff
http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

I stuck with my No Yankees policy in today’s fantasy baseball draft. I play fantasy baseball to win, but I also enjoy it because I like following the games, and I like to have fun with it. Being forced to root for a Yankees player to do well is not my idea of fun. I drafted Pedroia higher than most drafts (even though this is an AL-only league). I did so because I had the No. 1 pick, and when you have the top pick in Yahoo Sports! leagues, you don’t pick again until the end of the second round, and we have a 10-team league. No way Pedroia would have been around with the 20th pick. I think Pedroia will hit .300 and actually improve upon last year’s power numbers. I think he can hit 20 dingers and knock in 85 or 90.

Jeff
http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

Jeff,
Have you been drinking?

Hey! Jeff!

And they get on my case when I mistakenly copy my comment twice! (lol). If we’re going to talk about Pap struggling this year, I don’t think you can overlook the possiblity of calling up Daniel Bard. Boy, its nice when your team has farm system depth. WAY TO GO, THEO!

moanin all….its D DAY elllen….put on ur lucky bra and panties and let the games begin…..i hear tito has a nice leather one u can borrow he he…sorry i had to renew my distaste for the man….well ill give em a break this yr i think ….until….he he….judge

Just for you guys
.
Washinton changes tactics
.
OK, Welcome to Washington Nationals baseball and here with us to start the game is none other than Theodore N. Lerner, but everyone here calls him Theo. He is of course the CEO of the Washinton Nationals and we are certainly excited about the new year and the new hopes for the team.?
?It’s great to be here guys. We just had a great party with the team till about 5:00 am so if I look a little glass eyed and hung over that’s probably why.?
Theo, do you really think that’s good moral for a team in spring training.
?Well…you know…we don’t call ourselves the only sand-lot pickup baseball team pretending to be a major league team you really have to find avenues to cope.?
Theo, what do you think the Nationals are going to do this year.
?Ah…as I say to everyone joining the team, we’re a national team. We’re sort of like America’s team and therefore if you’re a senator from say Boston, the last thing you want is the Red Sox to lose against the Nationals so we make sure of that.?
Theo, the Red Sox don’t play the Nationals.
?Well, whatever but for those visiting Washington, it’s a great treat but for the citizens of Washionton, DC, I remind that there is a reason we’re a district and not a state.?
Theo, how do you keep up Morale on the team.
?Oh we do things like reverse numbers like last year when we were like 60 wins and something we switch it around and suddenly it’s like we’re like we’re a first place team!?
Theo, you won 51 games last year.
?Ya but reversed you know it’s like we lost only 51 games and that picks up the guys…that and lots of therapy.?
Theo, what changes do you think you can do to the team…I mean get pitchers that are not like Michael Conner who got a nasty 13.00 ERA last year.?
Well we call ourselves the national debt team and we’re just like everyone else and pinching pennies and while Michael will be our ace, there is no question a pitcher like Julian Taravez would be like royalty and a closer like Eric Gagne would be incredible. That would bring our game wins to maybe even 49 this year.
Gee Theo, I gotta tell ya, you’re like bringing me down and like seeing the players argue calls that favor the opposing team…it’s kind of depressing.
?Well guys I tell them that even if every single play went their way, they’d still need a tall glass of Vodka and about a keg of beer at the end of the day anyway so why not show some good attitude out on the field because like we can at least say ?we’re the nicest guys in the league.?
Theo, is there anything you could say that might give fans some hope this year.
?I usually say that the less you pay attention to the Washingtion Nationals the more happiness you’ll have in your life and we have now actual case studies proving that and how about the players…I mean…Roger Bernadina and his .211 batting average and Collin Balester who has the best ERA on the team at 6, I mean…you gotta be realistic and…?
Sorry to interrupt Theo, but what about Steve Shell with an ERA of 2.16??
?Well, always takes just one guy to bring a team down you know. Just something you have to live with!?
Right, well, I feel like getting sloshed right now but good news. Julio Lugo of the Red Sox has stated he feels that Washington is a place he can call home and after examining his track record, I would tend to agree?
Well, Theo, I think I’ve heard enough. See you at the bar.
?Want to mention that the topless bar in town is hosting kids night since that’s about the only place the team wants to go nowadays. That’s all.?

Nice to see that Jeff is doing his part to make Ian’s blog #1!!! Good job Jeff!!!
Okay Judge… I have all my decor picked out for the cellar so dont get any ideas that you’re moving in there!! lol
9 o’clock is my winding down time on Sunday, so I will have had 2 or 3 or 9 beers by the time we draft

David, I think Jeff is trying out this “pay by the word” theory–wants to see if it will work for him, also! Hmmm…;)
I think you’re right, David, that Daniel Bard will get his opportunities if Pap continues to have shoulder troubles.
Dave, I’m glad the Nats finally decided to go with people named Theo and Lerner. Hmmm…;) They are the smart ones after all. ;) Hey, right now, I’m glad we HAVE a team in DC. I am hopeful (but not optimistic) that it will last. I’d have LOVED to have had a baseball team in my home town growing up!

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