Daisuke Matsuzaka says he lost 11 pounds over the winter and feels he can pitch even more innings than he did in 2007 (204.2). Dice threw two bullpen sessions last week and on Sunday, he threw approximately 70 pitches off a mound. Matsuzaka worked out in Honolulu in the off-season with some of his former Seibu Lions teammates.
John Lackey, who also lost about 10 pounds (not from his chins, though, judging from photos), admits he "definitely could have pitched better" last year. Ya think? Third worst ERA of his career, the worst WHIP of his career, and the worst opponents OBP of his career (actually a tie for worst).
Josh Beckett confessed that he relied on his cutter far too often last year and was impressed that catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has picked up a few of Jason Varitek's mannerisms behind the plate. "He does things like Tek now. There's not a better guy to follow if you're in that position." Also:
I've always wanted to been on a team that won 100 games. ... I feel like this team has a chance to do something really, really special like that. ... I'm eager to get this year rolling. I think I'm ready. ... I'm only 30. Thirty's the new 20. Someone told me that.During a bullpen session last Friday, WEEI's Rob Bradford noticed Beckett "was raising his hands up from his waist when executing his delivery, a small change from when he would keep his hands at his waist".
Clay Buchholz is at the same spot in his career -- two years and a couple of months of service time -- as Jon Lester was when Lester signed a 5/30 extension in 2009. While the Red Sox have not talked with HH about a deal, he has been thinking about it.
[Lester's contract] would definitely be a base model for it — numbers-wise, security reasons. ... I'm not saying I'm as good as Lester or I deserve what he got, but just from the other guys who signed their deal in the past year or so with the same service [Toronto's Ricky Romero and Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo], I think that's definitely a good starting point if there ever was one.Kevin Youkilis would like to win a Gold Glove at third base, but "as long as I'm not making mental errors, that's the key". He is glad to be away from what he called the "social scene" at first base.
It's just not interesting. It's fun sometimes if you have guys you know ... [but] there's some guys you might not care for too much. ... I'll leave it to Sean Casey, Jim Thome, guys that are really good over there. Kevin Millar. I'll leave it to them to master that.Carl Crawford is expected in camp on Thursday.
Mike Cameron is fully healed from his sports hernia surgery and will be playing a lot of right field this spring. In a related story, J.D. Drew recently visited noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews to have his balky hamstrings examined.
Considering all the times he has been ended up being completely full of shit (the outcome of the 2004 ALCS being a prime example), you would think the CHB would not offer any more pronouncements with such a haughty tone of inevitability:
He's gone. This is it. One more season and Jonathan Papelbon and the Red Sox get divorced. ... Papelbon knows it. General manager Theo Epstein knows it. We are on the threshold of Papelbon's final campaign at Fenway ...Papelbon says getting Bobby Jenks was "a pretty strong acquisition ... he's going to be a huge instrument for our success". And Jenks says that Boston
is a place that I've wanted to play in for a while. ... It wasn't a matter of the money or years. ... I wanted to play baseball for the Red Sox. I got that opportunity and I jumped on it. ... I'd rather be here than anywhere on the East Coast.The Red Sox traded right-handed reliever Robert Coello, who had been designated for assignment on February 9 to clear a roster spot for Alfredo Aceves, to the Cubs. Boston received second baseman Tony Thomas, 24, who hit .276 in the Southern League (AA) last year, finishing fourth in slugging (.485) and tying for second with 11 triples.