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Some accomplishments, some setbacks, some news well-known, some lesser:

  • Last night Josh Beckett continued his early-season hotstreak, pushing his record to 6-0 (here he comes, George Herman!).   Need more evidence of his success beyond the gaudy record?  Beckett has given up one homer in 39+ innings and only walked nine.   
  • Uber-prospect Clay Buchholz sparkled in Portland, lowering his ERA to a measly 1.16 in four starts. 
  • Jon Lester’s rehab start in Pawtucket was a struggle, cut short due to forearm cramps.  Rob Bradford reports them as "apparently nothing serious", while Pete Abraham uses the setback to reiterate that the Sox need Roger Clemens
  • One of the founding partners of the current Sox’ ownership team (a New Yorker!) sells his share, all terms of the finances are undisclosed, of course.  Wouldn’t want anyone knowing what the team is worth, right?
  • The Sox keep their player translators at a distance, hoping this fosters communication between the players themselves on the multi-ethnic squad.   Seems to be working, based on the relationship of new BFF Julian Tavarez and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
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  • Taking quotes from the Tavarez/Matsuzaka partnership article:
    Tavarez: “There are little things I want to learn. He’s going to work with me twice a week on a cutter. That pitch has kept a lot of guys in baseball. Mike Timlin, Doug Jones. He says it’s OK with him.”
    PostmanE: “…what if Julian, a bit of an MLB journeyman, winds up on a different team and gives away Matsuzaka’s secrets? That could be disastrous for Dice-K, who thrives on providing the unexpected with every pitch.”
    That’s just a case of absurd paranoia. Tavarez even said that the cutter is already employed by other pitchers. Plus, anything to bump Tavarez up a notch in pitching effectiveness (even a minuscule one) is a good thing.

    Scott SF May 3, 2007, 9:31 am
  • Oh, and to be honest, I’d love to be a fly on the wall for those interactions. They’ve got to be pretty amusing talking to each other.

    Scott SF May 3, 2007, 9:34 am
  • While I must admit, the sight of the slightly-unstable Mr. Tavarez with his arm around Dice’s shoulder made me just a bit nervous at first, but after reading Speier’s article from Sunday about the Language Barrier (and Tavarez’ attempt to breach it) — it now brings a smile to my face to see such foreign relations.

    Kluv May 3, 2007, 9:44 am
  • Per Elias Says:
    “Beckett is 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA with 35 strikeouts, nine walks and only one home run allowed in 39.2 innings pitched this season. Last season after six starts, Beckett was 3-1 with a 4.86 ERA, 23 strikeouts, 16 walks and six home runs allowed in 37 innings pitched.”
    I REALLY hope he can keep this up.

    Steve May 3, 2007, 10:01 am
  • I don’t know why it strikes some people as strange that Matsuzaka and Tavarez have hit it off.
    I’m sure that Schilling and Manny, for instance, always make an effort to spend some quality time with each other. Browsing used bookstores in Harvard Square, window shopping along Newbury Street, taking yoga classes together….
    Just the standard male/team bonding stuff.

    yf2k May 3, 2007, 10:33 am
  • Several things.
    First, there’s this from the Globe:
    Daniel Bard, who has struggled mightily since being drafted in the first round by the Red Sox last June, has been placed on the disabled list by the Single A Lancaster JetHawks.
    “He has triceps tendinitis on the back side of his elbow,” Sox director of player development Mike Hazen wrote in an e-mail last night. “[Bard’s] looking at about seven days down, and then he should be able to move fairly quickly back to the mound.”
    Bard, who was the 28th player taken in the draft, signed with the Sox for a $1.55 million bonus after a protracted negotiation last summer. He has allowed a whopping 22 walks and 21 hits in just 13 1/3 innings for the JetHawks. He came into the season with a fastball that was rated the best in the Sox system by Baseball America after he was clocked at 100 miles per hour last fall.
    Bard has been struggling with finding his arm slot, one club official said, and he may use the time on the DL to take ground balls, which is one way he has used to rediscover his arm slot in the past.
    Second:
    Hideki Okajima (Oki-Doki or my favorite, Darkman) has been named AL Rookie of the Month. We are not surprised.
    Third: I have developed an inexplicable affection for Tavarez. Yes, he’s a nutbag. And I didn’t think much of him when he pitched here for the Cubs. But from what I’ve read about him, particularly Rob Bradford’s spring training piece, the guy has an unsurpassed passion for the game and a deep desire to succeed, and he seems to have really taken to the atmosphere in Boston.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 10:43 am
  • Bad news on Bard. Hadn’t realized he was struggling so much either. He could just be having a rough transition, but you don’t like to see stud prospects struggling at the lowest levels.

    Paul SF May 3, 2007, 11:21 am
  • [Scene: The Red Sox dugout]
    THE ORC: Dude, you know what totally rules? If some guy slides into you on a play at the plate, the thing to do is to punch him in the jaw while he’s trying to get up! Yeah, that’s the ticket! Y’know what I’m talkin’ about?
    DICEK: Hai.
    THE ORC: Yeah, you’re down with that, aren’t you Zakster! Hahahaha! You’re a badass, just like me! … Whoa, check it out, Curt just plunked that guy! YOU GO, CURT! WHOOOO! That’s the stuff, right, Matzooka-san?
    DICEK: Hai.
    THE ORC: Y’know, listen, if you ever get frustrated, take it from me, good buddy. You gotta take precautions, know’m sayin’? Either wrap the hand in a towel, or use your glove hand when you punch the phone… This is the voice of EXPERIENCE talking! Been there, done that? You with me, ol’ buddy ol’ pal?
    DICEK: Hai.
    [Repeat ad infinitum]

    Hudson May 3, 2007, 11:30 am
  • Wonder if batshit Tavarez is going to teach Matsuzaka his patented “dash to 2nd from the mound and to try and tag out a runner that’s turned his back to you” move, complete with sprawling and rolling into center to stick the landing.

    Steve May 3, 2007, 12:05 pm
  • …or how to look animated and point around when the ball is hit in the infield.
    In spite of whatever bad spin you can put on it, it’s one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen a major league pitcher do.

    Scott SF May 3, 2007, 12:24 pm
  • Lar May 3, 2007, 12:32 pm
  • From Lohud –
    “News item: Phillies closer Tom Gordon has been sent back to Philadelphia to have his sore right shoulder examined.
    Oh, really? I say again, Kyle Farnsworth for Jon Lieber. He is 1-0, 2.57 in 21 innings and has a 1.24 WHIP. The Yankees badly need starters and Krazy Kyle can close for Philly or set-up Brett Myers. Tiffany from Ultimate Banter now calls him Kyle Farnsworthless. Witty girl, that Tiffany.”
    Is it just me, or does the Farnsworth for Leiber proposition seem somewhat homeristic? Farnsworth is a crappy relief pitcher making too much money, and Leiber has been throwing rocks. Philly would have to be crazy to make that deal.

    Tyrel SF May 3, 2007, 12:41 pm
  • Not to mention Philly needs all their starters now.
    If they were going to deal, the Phils would probably ask for Bruney first, then Proctor, then Farnsworth or Vizcaino.

    Steve May 3, 2007, 1:01 pm
  • I guess Myers will probably fill in as the closer. It already made no sense to move him to the bullpen, but if you were going to, then you might as well as make him the closer..

    Lar May 3, 2007, 1:21 pm
  • Pete Abe also thinks that now that Nathan blew a save, maybe the Yankees could trade Farns there to take over the closer job, with the Twins sending Johan east.
    Pete’s looking at this like a rotisserie baseball owner.

    SF May 3, 2007, 1:35 pm
  • Despite all the hype about Abraham’s Lohud Yankees blog, I find it to be a big dud. (Occasionally there are some funny comments, but these are usually at “Pete Abe’s” expense.)

    Hudson May 3, 2007, 2:06 pm
  • Kluv, that’s probably the best article I’ve ever read in the Union Leader (I’m from NH, that paper’s f*cking useless). The dude’s crazy, but what he’s doing is admirable, as were his comments with regard to Lester a little while ago.
    Bard’s M.O. has always been that he’s got a beyond-electric arm and zero control. A case of the yips near the end of his college career is what let him fall far enough for Boston to snap him up in the draft. The kid throws in the high-90’s consistantly and can touch 100 when he wants to so we should all be more then a little patient…but it could be two or three years before he puts it together, if he does; this was entirely an upside pick. And at that point he may just be a reliever.

    desturbd1 May 3, 2007, 2:32 pm
  • “I guess Myers will probably fill in as the closer. It already made no sense to move him to the bullpen, but if you were going to, then you might as well as make him the closer..”
    I read somewhere that Gordon has had a sore arm all spring, I imagine once it didn’t get better after the season started they knew he’d be going under the knife sooner or later. Myers could turn into a stud closer. I think it made sense to move him to the pen if they were grooming him for that role.

    Tyrel SF May 3, 2007, 3:02 pm
  • Blame Torre for Gordo’s sore arm.

    I'm Bill McNeal May 3, 2007, 4:24 pm
  • Myers could turn into a stud closer. I think it made sense to move him to the pen if they were grooming him for that role.
    Completely agreed Tyrel, but the contract extension he signed (3/25) suggests that this wasn’t in the cards and is a panic move based both on his crazy high ERA in his starts, and the whole Gordon thing. His peripherals (aside from HRs, of course, 5 in 15+ IP!) were decent-good.
    I think he’s got the stuff to be a good closer, but I don’t think this was Philly’s plan at all.
    Blame Torre for Gordo’s sore arm.
    I actually planned on blaming him for global warming today.

    QuoSF May 3, 2007, 4:33 pm

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