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02/24/2013 - 12:57pm
Napoli takes next steps toward playing

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Mike Napoli a few more steps toward getting in a spring training game, Sunday morning, executing a series of baserunning drills for the first time since he arrived in camp.

With strength and conditioning coach Pat Sandora and assistant trainer Brad Pearson looking on, Napoli simulated singles and doubles before conferring with the medical staff. Baserunning was perceived as one of the final tests for Napoli, who is being brought along slowly after being diagnosed with avascular necrosis in both hips.

“It wasn’t a full-go, but it felt good to just run and make the turns,” he said.

Napoli surmised that if all goes well – with the first baseman planning to do additional running drills Monday – he could appear in a game later in the week.

“It feels good. I expect to be fine,”...

02/23/2013 - 5:26pm
Sox lose Grapefruit opener; Iglesias homers

FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Lackey worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, allowing one run in 20 pitches, while Jose Iglesias hit a two-run homer over the Monster as the Red Sox fell to the Rays, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at JetBlue Park in the Grapefruit League opener for both clubs. Xander Bogaerts, in his final at-bat before leaving for the WBC, singled home a run in the ninth to make it close. Daniel Nava struck out looking with the tying run on base to end the game before a sellout crowd of 9,680 at JetBlue Park.

Lackey was making his first outing since Sept. 25, 2011 and his first since Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

He allowed one run, one hit, walked one, struck out one and a hit a batter as the Rays managed just one run after loading the bases...

02/23/2013 - 4:36pm
Lackey on debut: 'I missed playing baseball'

FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Lackey is a changed man.

After allowing one run on one hit, one strikeout, one walk and one hit batter in his spring debut Saturday, the 34-year-old right-hander admitted to being his age, laughed about his 20-pitch outing and expressed appreciation for feeling no pain in his elbow for the first time since signing with the Red Sox before the 2010 season.

“I’ve lied, for sure, about that,” Lackey said when asked if he hid arm pain from the Red Sox in the first three seasons with the team. “There’s definitely some pain. There were a few times when I said there wasn’t but it’s been a few years, for sure.”

Despite loading the bases with none out on the first 10 pitches he threw, he was enjoying the experience all the while on the JetBlue mound.

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02/23/2013 - 3:49pm
Te'o: 'I understand' character concerns
By: DJ Bean

INDIANAPOLIS — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o had the largest press conference of the scouting combine Saturday, with hundreds of reporters packing the area surrounding his podium at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Te’o, an inside backer with first-round talent, was caught in the middle of a bizarre hoax involving an imaginary girlfriend, and the vast majority of questions asked to him by the media Saturday centered on the situation.

“It was definitely embarrassing,” he said. “You’re walking through the grocery stores and you’re giving people double-takes and notice that they’re staring at you. It’s definitely embarrassing. It’s part of the process, it’s part of the journey, but it’s only going to make me stronger.”

Te’o had said that both his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, and his grandmother had died on Sept. 11 of last year. It was...

02/23/2013 - 3:21pm
Lackey starts rough, rebounds in debut

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Well John Lackey has the art of getting out of a big jam down so far in spring training.

In his first 10 pitches Saturday against the Rays at JetBlue Park, he walked Ben Zobrist on five pitches, allowed a first-pitch single to Desmond Jennings and hit Matt Joyce on the fourth pitch of the at-bat to load the bases with none out.

Lackey rebounded to strike out Jack Cust swinging on four pitches, one of his two swing-and-miss offerings on the day. Ryan Roberts drove a 1-0 pitch to right field for a sacrifice fly to score Zobrist.

Lackey completed his comeback, getting Sean Rodriguez to fly out to right for the final out.

His line: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K and 1 HBP on 20 pitches, 10 strikes...

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