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02/20/2010 - 1:49pm
Wakefield: 'I'll be one of the five'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Tim Wakefield told the media Saturday that he expects to be a starter in the rotation when the season begins. "My role in the rotation, I plan on being one of the five starters. As long as I'm healthy during spring training and there's no setbacks, then when we start the season I think I'll be one of the five," Wakefield said. The 43-year-old pitcher told the media he spoke with general manager Theo Epstein, manager Terry Francona and pitching coach John Farrell and said, "I think Theo, Tito and John all feel we're a better team with me in the rotation." Visit the Full Count blog for all the latest updates on the Red Sox from spring training.


02/20/2010 - 11:49am
Ellsbury on LF: 'Will make best of it'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking at length for the first time since being moved from center to left field, Jacoby Ellsbury said Saturday he is welcoming the move and is looking forward to working with his replacement, Mike Cameron. "I try to look for the best in it and I think it's going to work out," Ellsbury said. "I don't think it should be a problem at all." His position won't be the only thing new for him this spring. He is switching from No. 46 to No. 2 after Brad Mills departed to take the Houston Astros managerial job in the offseason. Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia reported on Saturday, the same day as the first full workout for pitchers and catchers at the minor league complex. For more, visit the Full Count blog. 


02/20/2010 - 10:44am
Lowrie: 'I need to prove I'm healthy'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie arrived at the team's minor league training facility on Saturday morning. After an offseason spent under the supervision of medical trainers -- a hockey trainer in Toronto, where he lived with his fiancee, and a tennis trainer in the Tampa Bay area, where he worked out starting in mid-January -- Lowrie suggested that he feels that he has a better sense of what he needs to do to stay healthy in order to get his career once again moving forward.

 

"I think we went down the wrong path last year. We never really figured out what was going on," said Lowrie, who underwent surgery to remove the ulna styloid bone in his left wrist last April, then endured discomfort after he returned. "We never really got on a path that worked last year. I feel like I had a chance this offseason to kind of reset and find that way.

 

"I played all of 2008 with a broken wrist. I don...

02/19/2010 - 6:21pm
Ainge: C's talked big trades

Danny Ainge appeared a guest on The Big Show and touched on a number of topics including trades and the recent play of the team.

 

On Nate Robinson: "I'm fan of him as a person and I'm a fan of him as a player. I liked Eddie. We really liked Eddie House. But Nate as a player is just a more dynamic player."

 

On Kevin Martin: "Yes we did have interest and discussions in Kevin Martin."

 

On Amar'e Stoudemire: "We did talk about getting Stoudemire. I got a sense they weren't getting the things they wanted. I think they would have moved him, but I also think they like Amar'e. He's a terrific player and they just didn't get what they wanted."

 

On Rasheed Wallace: "Rasheed is about what we expected. You're counting and hoping that he's a 35 percent 3-point shooter. ... My biggest concern with Rasheed, looking at him last summer, was he didn't come to play...

02/19/2010 - 4:56pm
'Very encouraging' Matsuzaka news

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Friday that Daisuke Matsuzaka was examined by team doctor Thomas Gill and the initial report on his upper back soreness is encouraging. "He was examined by Tom and the preliminary examination was very good, very encouraging," Francona said. "We don't have any updates on when he's going to throw. Maybe we'll have a program in place [Saturday]. But the good news was Tom saw him and felt pretty good about it." Matsuzaka took part in conditioning on Friday. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, coming off October surgery on his back, did not participate. For more, visit the Full Count blog. 


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