Daniel Bard pitched one inning against Northeastern yesterday afternoon, and struck out three batters. The Red Sox beat Northeastern 3-0 and dispatched Boston College 11-1.
On the first day the 2013 Red Sox played a baseball game, NESN (surprise!) dropped the ball. Yes, the games were against college teams, but that still beats the hell out of whatever the fuck "off-brand poker" is.
Gordon Edes offers some perspective on shortstop Jose Iglesias.
Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports: "Big Papi Takes Swings At Rekindling Idiots Era Magic, Sabermetrics And Retirement"
Pat Jordan, SB Nation: The Pain And Pleasure Of Spring: How I Lost My Fastball But Learned To Love Spring Training
Jonathan Bernhardt, Sports On Earth: No Relief In Sight. Bernhardt damages his journalistic credibility when he calls Alfredi Aceves "a good value that the already light Boston bullpen can't afford to lose". Our 'pen ain't light.
SB Nation's Grant Brisbee ranks 109 off-season moves. Because, why not? (The Mike Napoli and Koji Uehara signings are #s 17 and 19, respectively.)
Robert J. Baumann, Fangraphs: Another Reason Why Rickey Is The Greatest
Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey tells the story of his journey (with his two young daughters) to Mumbai, India, to work with Bombay Teen Challenge, a charity trying to save women and children from the scourge of human sex trafficking.
Fellow Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle will spend the summer away from his family, because Ontario's idiotic breed-specific laws will not allow his entire family (which includes Slater, a handsome mix of bulldog and American Staffordshire Terrier (pictured above)) to live in the province.
Pedro says 90% of his HBP were on purpose. (That would be 127 out of 141.)