Report from the Fort Part 2 (Spring Training 2010)
The Red Sox minor leaguers had a camp day on Sunday but all
the levels split up and played intra-squad games. In talking with Mike Hazen (Red Sox Player
Development Director), the camp day is designed to give the players a bit of
break. The games start at 9:30 AM and last
only five innings, enabling most of the players and staff to be home by noon.
Portland played Pawtucket in a 5-inning intra-squad game on
field 3. I’m sure nobody cares what
field it was on but I thought it sounded more official. Former Sea Dog Felix Doubront made the start
for the PawSox against Kyle Weiland. I
was bouncing around between all three games so I didn’t see the entire Sea Dogs
game but I did see two hits from PawSox DH Brett Harper. Harper, who played in the Eastern League with
the Binghamton Mets, had a broken bat single and a homer, picking up 4
RBI. Ryan Kalish also smacked a homer for Pawtucket.
One funny moment came from Catcher Mark Wagner, who
pretended to be mad at Weiland after getting plunked on the back.
I had a chance to chat with Tommy Hottovy who feels very good
after suffering injuries the past few seasons.
He’s pitching a lot, including effective outings in two big league
games. Dustin Richardson told me he’s
changed his delivery a bit, which is helping him get more “life” on his
fastball. Richardson has really
impressed the big league club and could land in that bullpen at some point this
I spent the afternoon at the Major League game and sat with
PawSox radio announcer Steve Hyder. We
watched a fun-filled offensive afternoon from the Red Sox but the Twins had
their fun against Clay Buchholz. Joe
Mauer hit a first-inning, 2-run homer to left field, which he crushed. Bubba Bell struck out in his only at-bat and
Jorge Jimenez played first base.
Before the game I met Jon Rish of the Boston Red Sox Radio
Network. This season I will be providing
interviews for their website – www.soxbooth.com I’m very excited to help them out and I’m
very thankful for the opportunity.
On Monday, I will stay at the Red Sox Minor League complex
and watch the Single-A teams play the Baltimore affiliates. Boof Bonser, Manny Delcarmen and Daisuke Matsuzaka
will all pitch in the minor league games.
Check our Facebook Page to see photos from the day and all my coverage
of Spring Training 2010.
Well, that’s it from the Fort!