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02/26/2010 - 9:35am
Pedroia on D&C: 'Something to prove'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia made an appearance with Dennis & Callahan at spring training and said the Sox offense will surprise critics. “This year everyone is doubting our offense, so that motivates you, and not only me but all the other guys in the lineup have something to prove,” he said. “It’s going to be fun proving everybody wrong.”

 

Pedroia said the team's defensive woes last season may be a little overstated as well. "I know at the beginning of the year we had a tough time, but at the end of the year I thought we were fine," he said. "During the year you have your bumps in the road, but every team does. I think we’ve shored that up this year. We our going to be a really good defensive team, we are going to pitch great and we are going to surprise a lot of people offensively."

 

On new shortstop Marco Scutaro, Pedroia said: "He’s a guy...

02/26/2010 - 9:27am
Henry: Red Sox no fan of insurance

Speaking on the risks that teams run when giving out long-term deals to free agents, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the the team is hesitant to offer insurance to players after having had a bad experience with the process while with the Florida Marlins. “We generally don’t use insurance,” Henry said. “Not to say we won’t use it in the future, but I don’t think we have. I had a bad experience trying to get paid on a player. You pay the premium, but it isn’t always easy to get paid.” According to Jason Bay, in making their final offer to the outfielder the Red Sox did extend the offer of insurance but asked Bay to pay half of the premium for a policy (approximately $2 million over the four-year contract). To read more visit the Full Count Blog by clicking here.


02/26/2010 - 8:43am
Lester on D&C: 'I need to focus'

Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester visited with Dennis & Callahan in Fort Myers and talked about putting together a complete season in 2010. Grading himself on last season, he said: "An F in the first half and an A in the second half. I don't know what happened that first half. I guess I just got ahead of myself — wanting games to be over before they even started, wanting to look up and see if we won or lost. I'd say overall about a C."

 

Lester said physically he was fine last year, but his mental approach needed an adjustment. Said the pitcher: "When the game starts, I need to focus on that and focus on the first guy, getting him out, and worrying about inning to inning, whereas last year I would worry about the sixth, seventh, eighth inning before I got there.

 

"Physically, I felt great. I was throwing the ball fine. It seemed like it would snowball into one inning that would kill me every time...

02/26/2010 - 7:59am
Papelbon on D&C: 'On a mission'

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon stopped by to talk with Dennis & Callahan Friday morning at Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., and said he is focused on rebounding from last season's disastrous ending and "getting back to that domination." Said Papelbon: "I'm kind of on a mission this year. I've got new sights ahead of me."

 

Papelbon said he replayed his ALDS collapse against the Angels numerous times in the offseason, despite people saying they would prefer not to revisit past failures. "That's just me. I'm a different animal," Papelbon said. "I use it for motivation. I use to remind me I'm not perfect. I've got a lot of work to do. ... I've still got a lot of things to accomplish."

 

Papelbon said "a multitude of things" went wrong in that game. "The biggest thing you want to look at in that game is not being able to execute 0-2 pitches and close...

02/25/2010 - 10:51pm
Retreat repeat: C's fall to Cavs

In a scenario that has repeated itself time and time again this season, the Celtics fell apart in the second half and lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-88, at TD Garden. LeBron James led all scorers with 36 points and Mo Williams added 19 for the Cavaliers, who improved to an NBA-best 45-14. The Celtics, who played without Paul Pierce for a second straight game, shot a blazing 70 percent in the first quarter, making 14-of-20 shots, and raced out to a 31-21 lead. The Celtics (36-20) were led by Ray Allen's 21 points and built their lead to as many as 13 twice in the second quarter and took a 56-48 halftime lead. But Williams made four of his five 3-point attempts in the second half as the Cavaliers outscored the Celtics 34-15 in the fourth quarter and 60-32 in the second half. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog. 


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