According to ESPN.com, there are "strong indications" that the momentum is building towards a deal between the Twins and 2009 American League MVP Joe Mauer. The report stated that Mauer's agent, Ron Shapiro, was seen on Sunday afternoon in the airport in Fort Myers, a city in which both the Red Sox and Twins reside. While Mauer would become the object of a huge free-agent bidding war, multiple industry sources expect that a deal between him and the Twins will get done. Mauer, who comes from St. Paul, Minn., was taken by the Twins as the top overall pick in the 2001 draft.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Marlins returned Rule 5 draftee Jorge Jimenez to the Red Sox on Sunday. The 25-year-old third baseman had been selected by the Astros in the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 10, and then was traded to Florida as part of a deal for reliever Matt Lindstrom. But the Marlins decided that they could not keep the infielder on their major league roster all season, and so sent him back to Boston for $25,000 (the Sox having received $50,000 from Houston when Jimenez was selected).
Jimiez comes back to a Red Sox organization for whom he has performed beyond expectations when he was taken in the 16th round of the 2006 draft. In 2009, he hit .289/.366/.422/.787 with 13 homers and 87 RBIs in Double A Portland. Though not a slugger, he has always shown a good offensive approach at the plate. Still, he has never played about Double-A, which made a spot on a big league roster a longshot.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 32 pitches in a minor league intersquad game at the Red Sox minor league complex on Sunday morning. The right-hander threw 12 pitches in the first and then retired the side in order in the second on three ground balls. Matsuzaka then stayed on the mound with runners on base to allow him to work from the stretch. The day ended with a double play ball. Pitching coach John Farrell and general manager Theo Epstein were among the Red Sox staffers on hand to watch.
"It was a positive step forward," Farrell said. Matsuzaka will throw a side session on Tuesday and is slated to pitch two or three innings on Thursday at City of Palms in relief of Tim Wakefield against the Florida Marlins.
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Matt Lombardi's goal 5:25 into overtime gave the senior from Milton his first career hat trick and allowed Boston College to claim a 7-6 win over the University of Maine in the Hockey East championship game Saturday night at TD Garden. It was BC's league-record ninth title and fourth in the last six years. Maine had mounted a comeback, fighting back from a two-goal deficit with just more than five minutes remaining, culminating with Joey Diamond's equalizer with 30 seconds left. For the complete recap click here.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka threw two scoreless innings against Red Sox minor leaguers in camp on Sunday. He then worked out of a simulated jam by getting an inning-ending double play. In all, he threw 32 pitches, 18 for strikes. Barring any physical setback, he will then pitch in his first big league game of the spring on Thursday. Matsuzaka will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday and then is scheduled to pitch in relief of Tim Wakefield two days later. For video of Matsuzaka and pitching coach John Farrell, visit the Full Count blog.
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