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Who Should Be the 25th Man for the Red Sox?

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While watching todays 7-7 tie against the Rays, I couldn’t help but notice all the moving around Pedro Ciriaco and Nate Spears were doing throughout the game. Ciriaco moved from shortstop, the second base, to third base, back to shortstop, back to second base, back to third, and finally back to shortstop throughout the game. Spears had a similar day in the field, playing second base, third base, shortstop, and first base throughout the game.

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It’s obvious that Bobby V is trying to get a feel for these two as potential utility infielders for the Sox. Both Ciriaco and Spears have had great springs so far this year, batting .400 and .295 and leading the team in runs with 13 and 12, respectively. The 26 year old Ciriaco has played with both the Arizona and Pittsburgh organizations before signing a minor league deal with the Sox this winter. Spears, who saw a little bit of time with the Red Sox towards the end of last season, has been in the Red Sox organization for a few years now and hopes to finally break into the majors this year.

Another player to watch out for in the fight for the final spot is Jason Repko. Bobby V has spoke quite fondly Repko this spring, who like Ciriaco, signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox this offseason.”His speed is very useable,” Valentine said. “He has the capability of hit and running and protecting runners and advancing them with the ability to bunt for a hit. And his hitting seems to be getting a little better. His hitting has been –– he’s been searching for his stroke all spring.” Repko, who has played for the Dodgers in the Twins in the past, currently leads the Sox with seven steals this spring and has shown tremendous talent on the field. While we already have solid outfield depth, don’t be too surprised if you Repko make the team.

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If only one player were to get the spot, I see it being Ciriaco. Ciriaco has been quite consistent this spring and has helped the Red Sox with his bat on numerous occasions. His only real flaw is his glove,  having the reputation of being a little shaky on the field. Spears has been looked at by the Sox for a few years now and has been putting up the same numbers this year as he has in the past. With not much change, I don’t see things being any different for Spears and his chances of making the opening day roster.

 Below is a poll for who should be the 25th man on the Red Sox roster. Share your opinion!

*Thanks to Nesn.com for some of the facts and Valentine quote.

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by | March 31, 2012 · 3:29 pm

Chris Carpenter to Have Surgery

Theo Epstein’s “compensation” is to have surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. The hard throwing right hander will miss at least a couple of months. Thanks Theo!

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Quote of the Day

“Guys having a beer after their start has been going on for the last 100 years,” Lackey said. “This is retarded. It’s not like we were sitting up there doing it every night. It’s not even close to what people think.” -John Lackey 

I agree on everything Lackey is saying here. The Red Sox needed a scapegoats and used the “beer and chicken” debacle as their excuse. Lackey since has issued an apology for using the word retarded. I’m in the midst of writing a long Lackey article that I hope to post tomorrow about his struggles on and off the field last year.

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Aviles Hitting Leadoff

Bobby V rolled out this doozy of a lineup yesterday:

  1. SS Mike Aviles
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. 2B Dustin Pedroia
  4. 1B Adrian Gonzalez
  5. 3B Kevin Youkilis
  6. DH David Ortiz
  7. LF Cody Ross
  8. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
  9. RF Ryan Sweeney

I can only hope Aviles hitting first was to get him some quick at-bats before exiting the game. Aviles should not be hitting leadoff for this team. His career OBP is well below league average at .318 and his 3.49 pitches seen per plate appearance would rank him at the bottom of the league. If Bobby V moves Aviles to 9th and shifts everyone up one spot that lineup is actually pretty good.

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Quote of the Day

“I don’t stop believing in a player until I kind of see him stop believing in himself. I saw that the other day, I thought. I just thought that he came into the dugout and he had that look of wondering that I don’t like to see. It’s not the time to be searching. You can’t go into a major league season searching. You have to be confident.” Bobby V  on Inglesias demotion 

I actually agree with everything he says here. Baseball is a mental game and you can’t hit if you are constantly thinking about all the ways you can miss.

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ONLY 9 MORE DAYS UNTIL BOSOX OPENING DAY !

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