The good signs continue. We’re battling some soreness and whatnot, but the performance is good. Victorino’s got some extra-base hits, and the pitchers continue to make a strong showing. Drew left camp to see a concussion specialist; he resumed baseball activities, but the timetable for his full return is unclear. Papi made his return to the batting cages. Congratulations to the Dominican Republic; Team DR won the World Baseball Classic. And last but most certainly not least, we and the Yanks have decided to dedicate Opening Day by honoring the community and memory of Newtown, Connecticut. It’s going to be a beautiful ceremony, and the two teams are really doing the right thing.
We lost to the Pirates on Monday, 4-3. Buchholz ruled the day; in five innings, he made one mistake in the form of a solo shot while walking two and striking out four. Carpenter took the blown save and the loss; he gave up two runs. Nava went two for three, and Victorino tripled. On Tuesday, we lost to Baltimore, 8-7. Dempster went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Tazawa turned in a scoreless inning, and Bard gave up three runs on two hits. Middlebrooks went two for three with a double, and Victorino doubled as well. Unfortunately the Yanks shut us out on Wednesday; better in Spring Training than in the regular season. Doubront pitched four and one-third innings and gave up four runs on seven hits. Bailey finished the rest of the inning. Hanrahan and Mortensen each pitched a scoreless frame. We beat the Phillies yesterday, 6-1. Lackey looked pretty sharp; he tossed five innings and gave up only one run on four hits while walking none and striking out one. Bailey pitched a scoreless frame and picked up the win. Pedroia went two for two with a double; Middlebrooks doubled, and Victorino tripled.
In other news, the B’s lost to the Jets and beat the Sens.