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02/12/2013 - 1:47pm
Ortiz takes shots at Bobby V

FORT MYERS, Fla. — During a conversation about his impression of the moves made by the Red Sox this offseason, designated hitter David Ortiz was asked whether the team’s moves to acquire a number of players considered to have excellent clubhouse makeup was a reflection of an issue in the team’s character of a year ago. Ortiz, who described the 2012 campaign as the most frustrating of his career based on the team’s struggles and his inability to help while injured, targeted not his former teammates but instead former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.

“You know, a lot of players have a lot of issues with our manager last year. We have a new manager, a guy who is familiar with the organization...

02/12/2013 - 1:11pm
Clay Buchholz suffers 'mild' hamstring strain

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox manager John Farrell announced that starting pitcher Clay Buchholz suffered a right hamstring strain bending over to pick up a ball during the first day of pitchers fielding drills Tuesday at JetBlue Park.

Farrell said the team will know more Wednesday but added, “it was enough to get him off the field.”

Farrell said the strain was in the middle of his right hamstring and was in the “best possible” area for recovery, away from his buttocks and knee. Farrell said Buchholz will receive “several treatments” daily in an effort to get him back on the field as soon as possible.

Buchholz said that he’s “hopeful” that the injury is not serious, since trainers told him it was a strain and not a pull. Buchholz said he doesn’t expect to miss any spring training starts.

“I don’t know, I used...

02/12/2013 - 1:09pm
Seguin on Bergeron's line in morning skate
By: DJ Bean

Tyler Seguin was back on the ice in Tuesday’s morning skate, and with his return from a maintenance day came the return of the Bruins’ regular top-six forwards as the B’s prepare for the Rangers.

After flip-flopping Seguin and Nathan Horton on the top two lines over the last four periods, Claude Julien put Seguin back with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, while Nathan Horton is back with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, so he should be in net for the Bruins’ last home game until Feb. 28.

The lines were the following in the...

02/12/2013 - 10:53am
Pedroia: Ellsbury 'here to win,' not talk contract

FORT MYERS, Fla. — In the wake of the awful 2012 season, Dustin Pedroia has no worries about the mindset of his teammates, including one that is set to become a free agent after this season.

Pedroia believes Jacoby Ellsbury will be completely focused on the Red Sox this season. That didn’t stop reporters from asking him if he’s at all concerned about Ellsbury’s commitment.

“No, he’s here to win,” Pedroia said. “I don’t think he’s showing up today worried about getting a contract extension or anything like that. He’s going to show up to help us win a ball game.

“He’s very important. We all know what he can do when...

02/12/2013 - 10:42am
David Ortiz says he's at '90 percent'

FORT MYERS, Fla. — One of the most anticipated arrivals of Red Sox spring training – David Ortiz — made an appearance at JetBlue Park Tuesday morning. The designated hitter appeared in good shape, showing no ill-effects from his right Achilles tendon injury

“I’m at about 90 percent,” he told WEEI.com.

Ortiz said that he is at approximately the same weight as he played at in 2012, but feels he is stronger this time around. The designated hitter also confirmed that he has been doing sprint work, while also incorporating agility drills, hitting and different levels of running endeavors.

Ortiz said he hadn’t been told what the plan is for him to start spring training, having said last Wednesday that his hope was to be ready for the beginning of spring training games.

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