Clay Buchholz's outing against the Reds yesterday lowered his spring ERA to 0.46 (one earned run in 19.2 innings).
It's the best spring that I've had. I came into spring training ready to make this club, but they went out and got a couple of guys and they're going to depend on those guys. ... If Pawtucket's where I'm going, I'm still pitching and I'm a phone call away. I know I can get big league hitters out now and I have more confidence going into this year.John Smoltz, on his bullpen session:
As I'm taking these steps forward, I have to tame the beast because, as much as in my mind, I know what I'm going to be able to get to, I want to get there faster than I'm probably capable of getting there. I have to consciously remember to take my time, even though that's what I've been saying every day down here - "Take your time, take your time."The Red Sox are off today, but Justin Masterson will start a minor league game against the Reds' AAA team.
The Rays have decided to have David Price begin the season in AAA Durham.