I haven't felt like this for a while. ... Baseball is a very complicated business so you have to make sure your mind is clear so you can think about what you're doing. So this offseason I tried to fix everything that I could think of. ...The flu virus has struck a few more players, including J.D. Drew and Jon Lester (who will likely miss his start on Sunday). Jonathan Papelbon and Jacoby Ellsbury have also been hit.
I can enjoy baseball now. What a difference. I don't even have my cell phone with me. That's your No. 1 enemy, your cell phone. ...
[Y]ou don't pay attention to little things and they accumulate slowly. ... [N]ext thing you know you've got all that on top of you. Then people look at you and it seems you have a big old monkey on your back. Not anymore.
Adrian Gonzalez took 80 swings yesterday.
I have plenty of time and I'm going to get into plenty of games ... I'm not going to push myself more than I have to.Felix Doubront will toss a ball today. ... Jed Lowrie played first base last night against the Yankees, getting ready for a super-sub role this year.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, on the Red Sox: "This is the best club in baseball. The combination of speed, power, pitching, bullpen, they're a hell of a ballclub. Don't have a whole lot of holes."
Today: Split-squad games vs the Marlins (with Matsuzaka starting) and at the Orioles (Alfredo Aceves will start).