February 21, 2011

Starting Pitchers Named For Saturday

The Red Sox's first starting pitcher of 2011 will be Kyle Weiland, 24, who will face Boston College at 1 PM Saturday. Stomly Pimentel, who turned 21 three weeks ago, will get the ball at 6 PM that evening against Northeastern.

Weiland started 25 games for Portland (AA) in 2010. In 128.1 innings, he walked 49 and struck out 120, with a 4.42 ERA. This spring, he is resurrecting the cut fastball he used as a closer for Notre Dame. ... The Red Sox begin their Grapefruit League schedule on Sunday when they play the Twins.

Dustin Pedroia is 0-for-10 against new teammate (and former Devil Ray) Dan Wheeler. FY snapped the skid today (in BP): "I got one off of him! I got one! Finally!"

Boston's future shortstop Jose Iglesias worked out with Alex Rodriguez this winter in Miami, and Mr. McBluelips was impressed:
That kid is gonna be sensational. ... His hands ... great hands. Really, really stood out for me. He's gonna be a good one. The Red Sox fans should be very excited to see this kid in the future.

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