With Truck Day about one month away, a dozen Red Sox prospects -- including Clay Buchholz, Jed Lowrie and Justin Masterson -- are taking part in a two-week program at Boston College.
Buchholz also spent two months at the Athlete's Performance Institute in Florida. He has put on about 13 pounds in his shoulders and chest, bumping his weight from 178 to 191, and is determined to stay strong through the long season. Clay: "I've actually been throwing a lot since the first of the year. Everything is going as planned so far."
The Red Sox would like Buchholz to pitch 180-190 innings in 2008. Last year, at Portland, Pawtucket and Boston, he threw a total of 148 innings.
Hideki Okajima is in Tokyo promoting the season-opening series with Oakland on March 25-26: "It's great that Japanese fans will get to see the No. 1 team in the world." Jeemer said the biggest issues for him last season were "the communication problems and getting used to the food".
Bud Selig and Donald Fehr testified before a Congress committee investigating performance-enhancing drugs. George Mitchell stated that he believed Brian McNamee "had an overwhelming incentive to tell the truth". MLB.com writer Mike Bauman thought that the session was "less contentious, combative and argumentative" than the previous session, on March 17, 2005.
There's also a call for the Department of Justice to investigate whether Miguel Tejada gave false statements to a House committee in 2005 about his use of PEDs.