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Happy Truck Day, everybody! I’m telling you, nothing warms the soul like an eighteen-wheeler pulling out of Fenway Park to head south in the dead of winter.  It’s been an especially long winter this year, so I’m ready to see some ball.  I can’t even begin to describe how psyched I am.  I don’t care how cold it is outside; Spring Training is almost here! Pitchers and catchers on Thursday! Life is good.  Life, indeed, is good.

Non-roster invitees are right-handers Randor Bierd, Fernando Cabrera, Casey Kelly, Adam Mills, Edwin Moreno, Joe Nelson, Jorge Sosa, and Kyle Weiland; southpaws Kris Johnson and Brian Shouse; catchers Luis Exposito and Gustavo Molina; infielders Lars Anderson, Yamaico Navarro, Angel Sanchez, and Gil Velazquez; and outfielders Zach Daeges, Ryan Kalish, Che-Hsuan Lin, and Darnell McDonald.  Keep your eye on Casey Kelly and Jose Iglesias.  They’re beasts.  And I hope Lars Anderson doesn’t disappoint; he’s supposed to be the first homegrown power hitter we’ve had in a long time, and I’m psyched to see him put up some big numbers this year.

Youk, Pap, Lester, and Delcarmen are already down there, which is a good sign.  Pap and Delcarmen could really use the extra training after the badness they exhibited last season.  Youk has stated his intention to spend the entirety of his career in Boston and retire as a member of the Red Sox.  He stays in Boston during the offseason and loves New England.  Way to be, dude.  Way to be.  And Lester will probably be our Number One starter.  Last season he proved to be way more consistent than Beckett, and don’t look now, but he’s basically turned into one of the best southpaws in all of baseball.

By the way, it’s pretty much official that we’re not resigning Rocco Baldelli.  Guess who’s going to hit for Drew against southpaws: Bill Hall.  This should be mighty interesting.

Congratulations to Clay Buchholz, who’s been named the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund’s Rally Against Cancer Spokesplayer! Nomar made his debut as an analyst on Baseball Tonight and was absolutely horrible.  He said nothing of consequence and made no sense half the time.  I guess that means he won’t be retiring as soon as we thought.

Spring Training.  Baseball season.  Almost here.  What more can I say? Soon it’ll be Opening Day (and by that I mean Opening Night; thanks again, ESPN), and we’ll get this show on the road!

In other news, the Saints won their first Super Bowl in franchise history last weekend.  The final score was 31-17, and let’s not to forget to mention Peyton Manning’s single interception, nabbed by Tracy Porter for a seventy-four-yard touchdown.  Tracy Porter now has the two most important interceptions in franchise history.  Also, let’s not forget to mention the Peyton face.  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  Boston College won the Beanpot.  I know; I was surprised, too, because I was expecting the U after the B, not the C after the B.  The final score was 4-3; it was a close game, and a good one, too.  Oh yeah, and the Bruins are actually on a winning streak.  You read right.  We’ve won our last four games; a 3-0 shutout against the Habs last weekend, a 3-2 shootout victory against the Sabres, a 5-4 defeat of the Lightning, and a 3-2 shootout win against the Panthers.  With the exception of the Habs win, which by the way was exceptionally gratifying, those were some seriously close calls, but we are in absolutely no position to be picky.  A win is a win, and I’ll most definitely take it.

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It never stops.  It’s remarkable.  Just when you think we’re going to barely escape the World Baseball Classic without another injury, Youk drops out with a left ankle sprain and Achilles’ tendinitis in his left foot.  Yes, both of those were diagnosed as mild, but still.  The man was in a boot.  He took batting practice without the boot yesterday and looked fine, and he should have the boot off for good today, but that’s not the point.  It’s unbelievable.  It’s absolutely infuriating.  We send our guys to play for their countries and they come back to us with injuries right before the season starts.  The World Baseball Classic occurs during Spring Training.  Not before.  Not after.  During.  Not only do participants miss Spring Training, but if they’re injured they’re laid out through the beginning of the season, and that’s a pretty crucial time, especially for a team that started its pennant race yesterday.  The only one of us left in the Classic is Dice-K, and he’ll be done tonight after the semifinal Japan-USA game.  (Incidentally, it should be an epic contest, especially because after all the injuries we don’t have anyone left.  Even David Wright is playing through pain at this point.) Dice-K will have missed almost all of Spring Training, having spent his time up to now with Team Japan.  On the upside, he’ll enter tonight’s start with a 2-0 record and a 1.80 ERA in the Classic; he allowed only nine hits and two walks while striking out nine.  So at least we know he’s ready.  But still.  World Baseball Classic? Not a fan.  Definitely not a fan.

And speaking of injuries, as unfortunately we’re doing quite often these days, JD Drew was hit by a pitch on his right hand.  Luckily the X-rays came back negative and it’s only a contusion and he’s not expected to miss playing time, but he dodged a major bullet there.  Breaking a bone in a hand can lay a batter out.  Proof: Big Papi last year, and Drew was the one who picked up the slack.  While we’re on the subject, I’d just like to say that Drew should bat clean-up.  His numbers were insane from the No. 4 spot last year.  Anyway, Tito says Drew is day-to-day and should have no lasting effects of the injury.

Pedroia returned to the field and the lineup against the Pirates on Friday; he played second for three innings and went one for two.  Nice.  Also nice was that Tek launched a three-run homer into the street behind right field in that game.  He ended up with four RBIs.  But the most impressive aspect of our win over the Pirates was Clay Buchholz’s five-inning outing, during which he threw seventy pitches, gave up only four hits and one walk, and struck out three.  The run incurred during those five innings was unearned.  I’m telling you, if he can keep this up, he’ll start for sure.  Seems like last season was just a blip on the radar.  Let’s hope it stays that way.

Some more good news: during our game against the Twins (which we won also), Jason Bay jacked a moon shot over the 410-foot center field wall.  Cleared it completely.  The ball is estimated to have traveled 450 feet.  Wow.  That, my friends, is power.

We sent down six and waived one.  First baseman Lars Anderson and outfielders Josh Reddick and Zach Daeges were assigned, pitchers Hunter Jones and Felix Doubront and catcher Mark Wagner were optioned, and Josh Bard was placed on unconditional release waivers to make room for George Kottaras.  I’m telling you, the dude just can’t seem to stick.

In other news, the Bruins only played two games this past week, and we lost them both: 4-6 to the Penguins and an overtime loss to the Kings.  Yes, the Kings.  I’d rather not talk about it.  On the upside, we’ve finally reached 100 points, we’re still on top of the Eastern Conference by a wide margin, and we’ve clinched a playoff spot! On the downside, we’re now third in the league, behind the surging Red Wings and the ever-present Sharks.  And the only silver lining to that is that, in recent years, the top team in the league hasn’t necessarily done well in the playoffs.  Whatever.  We’ll be fine.  The Stanley Cup is coming to Boston; we’ll be fine.

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