Greetings from Spring Training – March 11, 2017

Chris Murphy is a Today in Sports subscriber and a contributor to The Remy Report for his week at spring training. Chris will be sharing his pictures and observations while there.



Red Sox fans meet Chris Sale. He was in complete command for four shutout, as Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1. Sale breezed through the lineup by throwing what we can only assume are all his pitches. Fastball touching 97, changeup in the mid 80’s, slider and curveball ranging all the way down to 74. Add the fact that he works very quickly and he is sure to be a fan favorite for that reason as well.

Beyond that things to note were 3 nice defensive plays turned in by Pablo Sandoval. One of them starting a double play turned by Dustin Pedroia who continues to be the best at the pivot that these eyes have ever seen. Joseph Monge, one of Red Sox top 20 prospects made a strong throw in the 7th to cut down a runner in the 7th. Still, after Sale left, the game dragged and might be described as a good game to catch up on reading the season preview in the program.

One thing any fan couldn’t help notice is the Sox plan to be more aggressive against shifts and on the base paths. Both Pedroia and Bette took third against the shift and Pablo Sandoval tried to drop down a bunt. Another thing to be noted was Sandy Leon stayed home to catch Sale and Christian Vazquez traveled down the road to play the Twins. May indicate who #1 catcher is.

Pre game on back fields, there were two intrasquad games. Travis Lakins impressed by stringing out side in his first inning. Ryan Scott looked like someone to watch on the other field after tripling and hitting several balls deep in BP.

A tip for fans. Keep an eye on field 1 and 2 before road games. Red Sox regulars Bradley, Young, Benintendi and others were taking BP there and then signed autographs before heading out to play the Twins down the road.

Game time temperature was 83, but fortunately it warmed up to 88 as the game progressed.

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Greetings from Spring Training – March 10, 2017

Chris Murphy is a Today in Sports subscriber and a contributor to The Remy Report for his week at spring training. Chris will be sharing his pictures and observations while there.


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The Red Sox beat the Orioles in a rare Spring Training evening game, 4-0.  Kyle Kendrick threw 4 more shutout innings after looking really sharp in the bullpen.  As he warmed up in the bullpen, a fan from the Boston Sports Natives group wondered whether he would be rotation depth, long man or sneak into rotation.  Red Sox coached obviously sent their young pitchers to watch the veteran’s preparation as they gathered on the bullpen wall.  Also, preparing in the bullpen was Blake Swihart who went through drills pre game with the coaches.

Most of the action in the game happened in the first inning as Sox scored 3 after Marco Hernandez led off with a triple off the cf wall. The team looked sharp in the field. Hernandez and Jeff Rutledge made nice plays on ground balls and the team turned double plays to end the 4th and 5th.  Allen Craig made a nice play on a foul ball as well.

Baltimore’s lone bright spot was Aneury Tavarez who had 3 hits, a stolen base and went first to third on a fielders choice. He was a rule 5 pickup from the Red Sox this year.

Some of the pictures show that the Red Sox have the same approach to enhancing the fan experience at Jet Blue as they do at Fenway. Fans can try out their pitching and batting, listen to a live band and just enjoy a warm evening.  They even installed a red seat in RF like the Williams seat at Fenway.

Game time temperature was a chilly 77 degrees as the PA announcer reminded the crowd that temperature in Boston was 30 degrees and dropping fast.


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Greetings from Spring Training 2017!

Chris Murphy is a Today in Sports subscriber and a contributor to The Remy Report for his week at spring training. Chris will be sharing his pictures and observations while there.


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    • The game story of the day was Jalen Beeks. He found out he was starting 11 minutes before the game because Roenis Elias hurt himself in bullpen. Beeks then faced a line up of all stars and shut them out for two innings. He struck out Christian Yelich and Adam Jones to start the game.
    • Sox won the game 7-5. Jackie Bradley, Jr and Matt Dominguez homered (pictured crossing the plate)
    • There are 6 fields in the back for minor leaguers and former major leaguers trying to make it back. Interesting to see Carlos Quentin taking batting practice on those back fields as he tries to regain his swing after injuries forced him out of baseball last year.
    • The Pesky field is of course field #6.
    • The other thing is that the players change but the names remain the same. See pictures with Kemp, Lau, Boyd and even Lovullo. Then of course a real name may show up like Luis Tiant. He still captures attention when he drives up in a golf cart.
    • About 11:30 workouts wrap up and there is a loud herd of players walking back to the clubhouse with their cleats hitting the cement pathways. Fans and players walk together so future looking fans grab autographs from names they recognize. Some lucky fans got an autograph from the next big prospect Bobby Dalbec.
    • Weather 85 degrees and beautiful.

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