Links 3-6-2010: Sox drop game 2 to Twins 5-0, Fien to Jays

It was just a Spring Training start- but Jon Lester didn’t look sharp at all yesterday, surrendering four runs to the Twins in his one inning. In his words, he “wasn’t missing by much”. After holding them to one run in the previous game, the Red Sox were left on the short end of this game, 5-0. Not to worry, some other guys had a rough first outing too, like Tim Lincecum.

Tim Wakefield looked very good in his first outing since having back surgery this offseason. That’s an encouraging sign for the veteran knuckleballer, who hopes to play at least two more years.

Josh Beckett talked about the improved infield defense this year, and said that he wants to live down in the strike zone this year, hopefully inducing more grounders, outs and potential double plays.

Pitcher Casey Fien, who was claimed from Detroit just this week, has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays. He had already reported to the Red Sox but will be moving on to Toronto’s camp. He should have a chance at some more playing time over there. See you Casey- we never really knew you.

Daisuke Matsuzaka is feeling good, and he’s pleased with his strength and velocity so far. I still think he’ll be a pleasant surprise this year.

For those of you who have been parking in Brookline for Red Sox games, your life is about to get harder. The town is planning to extend meter hours so that you’ll have to come out during the game. Well, it was nice while it lasted.


4 Responses to Links 3-6-2010: Sox drop game 2 to Twins 5-0, Fien to Jays

  1. Pat says:

    I remember reading last year, another blogger getting upset at Jon Lester’s after game comments. How he got shellacked, but acted like he was just a little off, and that the offense had to get some credit for hitting his pitches.

    It’s very different than Josh Beckett’s response which would be something like, “I [explicative] sucked”.

    Like J.D. Drew, Jon Lester is very even keeled, and it doesn’t endear himself to fans. That’s fine though, he clearly is doing it right, whatever he’s doing.

  2. Pat says:

    And then to support my argument, I find this in a post by the insufferable Dan Shaughnessy:

    “The Jack Daniels-swilling Kevin Millars and Johnny Damons have been replaced by robotic J.D. Drews and Jon Lesters. “

  3. redsoxtalk says:

    Yeah, players like Beckett are getting very rare these days. Baseball is less and less about winning the game, and more and more about business and staying healthy and numbers. I don’t know this for a fact, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Sox preach this even-keeled attitude in their farm system. Something along the lines of, “it doesn’t do you any good to get upset over a bad performance. You learn your lessons, forget about it and move on.” Makes me wonder what this staff would be without Beckett around.

    On the other hand, if this is the only criticism we can muster of the team during the season, I think I could live with that. This is Spring Training, after all. And it’s hard to criticize a guy’s personality (it’s just who he is and goes back way beyond when the Red Sox signed him), esp if he plays well.

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