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03/29/2010 - 4:41pm
Ex-Sox Moss designated by Pirates

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brandon Moss, the outfielder who was included in 2008 trade deadline deal that sent Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers and Jason Bay to Boston, was designated for assignment by the Pirates Monday. Moss had gone 3-for-37 with Pittsburgh this spring after a '09 in which he lost his starting job and finished with a .236 batting average. The 26-year-old said recently that his greatest moment as a professional baseball player came when he received his 2007 World Series ring, with a close second being his game-tying homer which led the Sox to an extra-inning win over the A's on Opening Day in '08 in Tokyo.

 

Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington told WEEI.com's Alex Speier recently that in hindsight there may have been a better deal on the table than the one he took from Boston in the Bay trade....

03/29/2010 - 3:43pm
Red Sox send four to minors

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox sent four players to minor league camp on Monday. The team optioned catcher Dusty Brown and infielder Kevin Frandsen to Triple-A Pawtucket, while reassigning non-roster invitees Gustavo Molina and Jorge Jimenez to minor league camp. The moves leave the Sox with 35 players remaining in big league camp.

 


03/29/2010 - 3:39pm
Lowell unsure if he'll land on DL

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell, who will start at third base against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, said that he is unsure whether the team will decide that he is better off starting the year on the disabled list or on the roster. He suggested that the decision will be the organization's, noting that it might simplify the team's decision because, as a bench player, he is unlikely to receive significant playing time whether he is on the active roster or not.

 

"I honestly have no idea [about starting the year on the disabled list]. I don’t know what they feel is adequate or not. It’s the organization’s call, not mine,” Lowell said. “To go to Boston to not play? Same thing, right? If I go it’s not like I’m going to play right away and if I don’t go it’s not like I’m not going to play right away. I’m not playing either way, so it’s all up to...

03/29/2010 - 1:31pm
Bonser could start year on DL

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Boof Bonser threw 56 pitches (42 strikes) in a simulated outing against minor leaguers. He is next slated to pitch on Saturday in a minor league game at the Red Sox training facility in Fort Myers, meaning that he will not be traveling with the club for its exhibition contest against the Nationals in Washington that day. That, in turn, suggests that Bonser could begin the year on the disabled list.

 

Bonser was slowed down for a couple of days last week after experiencing stiffness in his groin in a start against the Rays last Tuesday. While he is working back from that injury, pitching coach John Farrell also pointed out that he continues to rebuild arm strength after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder labrum 13 months ago. As such, it would not be surprising if the team elected to have him start the year in the minors so that he can continue that process in a controlled environment.

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03/29/2010 - 1:23pm
Daisuke fans 7 in simulated game

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out seven of the 15 Red Sox minor league hitter he faced in a three-inning simulated game at the team's minor league complex. He threw 62 pitches (43 strikes) in attempting to simulate a workload of three innings.

 

"I think compared to my last outing, I was able to get more on every pitch," Matsuzaka said through translator Masa Hoshino.

 

Matsuzaka was facing an array of Red Sox minor leaguers who will likely start in the season in either Low-A Greenville or High-A Salem. His fastball was clocked at 89-91 mph. He has pitched in just one Grapefruit League game this spring as a result of minor injuries to his upper back and neck. Matsuzaka will pitch on Saturday in Washington against the Nationals, following starter Tim Wakefield to the mound.

 

Both Boof Bonser and Manny Delcarmen also had simulated outings. Bonser threw 56 pitches (42 strikes)...

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