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News Archive for July 16-31, 2001
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Tuesday, July 31, 2001

With Nomar, offense gets fresh start
Sean McAdam, espn.com

All week long, his manager and teammates cautioned against unrealistic expectations. He hadn't had the benefit of spring training, they noted. He had just four games and 16 at-bats at Triple A Pawtucket in preparation, they said. He hadn't faced major league pitching since last September, they emphasized. [H]e would need some time. They were right. He needed exactly two at-bats.

 

Monday, July 30, 2001

Pedro making progress
Sean McAdam, Providence Journal

Martinez still is limited to long-toss, but is extending the distance from which he throws each time. Martinez has been throwing every other day as part of his regimen.

Williams said it's conceivable that Martinez could pitch off a mound before the end of the current homestand, which runs through a week from today. "I guess there's that possibility he could be on the mound (by then)," Williams said. "We'll let Pedro and the trainers handle that. I don't have a time frame at all. Basically, we have to listen to him right now."

Pedro progressing
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

Even though general manager Dan Duquette's projection last week of a return to action for Pedro Martinez proved to be extremely optimistic (and unrealistic), manager Jimy Williams said that it's possible that the three-time Cy Young Award winner could return to the bullpen mound soon. ...

Martinez did not attend yesterday's game for unknown reasons. A club spokesman said that he was in contact with the team, including the medical staff, before the game.

Martinez progressing
Bob Hohler, Boston Globe

Thirty-three days after Pedro Martinez last pitched, manager Jimy Williams said the ace could start throwing off a mound before the homestand ends next Monday. Martinez has gradually increased the distance of his long-toss sessions without discomfort. ... Once Martinez starts throwing off a mound, he would need at least two to three weeks to return to game form. He has been playing long-toss nearly every other day.

Pedro makes progress
Garry Brown, Springfield Union-News

The manager's report marked the first good news about Pitchin' Pedro in some time. There was a false-hope report the other day when general manager Dan Duquette was quoted on television as saying that Martinez could be ready "in two weeks." Duquette later pointed out that he really said "in a few weeks."

If Martinez does make a rehab start by the second week of August, he could be back by the time the team leaves for a 10-game road trip Aug. 20.

Throw the bums out! -- It's time to eject baseball's owners for arguing balls and strikes.
Allen Barra, salon.com

When exactly did the issue of balls and strikes become a matter for owners to decide? For at least 100 years, baseball has been telling us that however subjective a ball-and-strike judgment was -- there have been about 800 trillion balls and strikes called since the first pitch was thrown, and not one yet has been agreed upon by batter, pitcher, fans and ump -- there was nonetheless a standard that was supposed to be objective.

 

Friday, July 27, 2001

Martinez in a pitch out -- He's calling shots, not GM Duquette
Bob Hohler, Boston Globe

The day after general manager Dan Duquette said on ESPN2 that Pedro Martinez could be back on the mound in two weeks, Martinez had a message for Red Sox fans. ''Dan doesn't pitch,'' he said. ''I pitch.'' Martinez gave no indication he will be back on the mound within two weeks. ''A lot of people ... might be disappointed later on if they don't see me in two weeks.''

Duke's timetable ticks off Pedro
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

Pedro Martinez scoffed at general manager Dan Duquette's optimistic broadcast prognosis that he may be pitching again for the Red Sox in two weeks. ... "I'll throw (off a mound) when I'm ready,'' he said, indicating that doing so isn't imminent.

Safety first
Mike Petraglia, redsox.com

In light of news that Pedro Martinez is progressing well in his strength-and-conditioning program, Jimy Williams said Thursday it would be unrealistic to expect his ace to return from the disabled list and immediately pitch at the level he was throwing at before his rotator cuff injury.

"If you don't protect them, you're not protecting your defense. You have to build their arm strength. He hasn't even been on the mound yet. I'd say yes, a minimum of [two rehab starts] would be reasonable."

Loyal fans call their own 'Trot'
Garry Brown, Springfield Union-News

Tony and Alison watched the Sox ... What to name the new baby, due in a week or so? ... On the particular night in question, Nixon was having one of his good games. Tony said kiddingly, "How about naming the baby Trot?" He thought his wife would scoff at the suggestion. Instead, she said, "Hey, that's not bad."

Set for Healthy Dose Of Darn Sox
Mark Kriegel, New York Daily News

The Yankees and their fans are conditioned to look upon the Red Sox with great disdain. Such special contempt, made combustible when mixed with alcohol, nourishes the rivalry. But this year, even the most ardent Red Sox haters have been forced to temper their sentiments.

Bret Saberhagen Pitches Tonight
Projo -- Herald -- MLB1 -- MLB2 -- Hartford Courant -- Springfield Union-News --
New York Daily News

Nomar Garciaparra
Projo -- Herald -- Globe -- MLB -- Thursday Box

Carl Everett
Projo -- MLB -- Thursday Box

 

Thursday, July 26, 2001

Duquette encouraged by progress
Peter May, Boston Globe

General manager Dan Duquette had some encouraging words for Red Sox Nation last night on the status of staff ace Pedro Martinez. In an interview that aired on ESPN2 during last night's loss to Toronto, Duquette said Martinez could be back on the mound in two weeks.

... As for Pedro himself, he was jogging in the outfield before last night's game wearing a white headband, a cutoff shirt, blue shorts, and knee-high red socks. He did not want to be interviewed en masse and he was less precise about a return date in a chat with WBZ's Jon Miller.

Asked if he'd pitch again this season, Martinez said, ''Why not?'' But he added he had no idea when that might be. ''Patience is the best thing for me right now,'' Martinez said. He also said he would not return a moment too soon, even if the Red Sox were in a tight playoff push. ''I won't put my career in jeopardy. I'm only 29,'' he said.

Pedro on the run
Mike Petraglia, redsox.com

Running up and down stairs in 93-degree heat and humidity is not anyone's idea of fun. But that's exactly what Pedro Martinez was doing as part of his strength-and-conditioning program Wednesday at Fenway Park. Martinez told reporters that he feels much better and is continuing to work out very hard. The Red Sox ace played long catch again Wednesday from 150 feet and reported no pain.

Nomar Rehabs with Pawtucket
Projo -- Herald -- Globe -- mlb -- Hartford Courant  
Box Scores: Tuesday -- Wednesday

Everett with Gulf Coast Red Sox
Box Scores: Tuesday -- Wednesday

 

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

A strange year ... even in the Red Sox Nation
Bill Simmons, espn.com Page 2

When you support the Red Sox, you're always learning new lessons about baseball and about life. And I mean, always. ... Without further ado, here are 10 lessons that Red Sox fans learned from their team so far this season:

1. Ongoing, sweeping team dysfunction isn't necessarily a bad thing.
4. When it comes right down to it, few things in life are more enjoyable than a baseball reliever with a cheesy mullet.
7. Apparently anyone can manage a successful baseball team, as long as you have a head, two arms and two legs. ... Jimy pencilled in Scott Hatteberg as the No. 2 batter against Toronto. There have been a variety of links between Hatteberg and the phrase "No. 2" this season, but the batting order shouldn't be one of them. 

Coming back slowly
Kevin McNamara, Providence Journal

Pedro Martinez threw lightly in the outfield yesterday after playing long toss on Monday. He then refused to speak with reporters about the status of an injury the team is calling an inflammation of the right rotator cuff. Williams said he spoke with the team's ace starter and reported that Martinez "said he felt pretty good. I think he threw about 50 feet."

Carl Everett played in a Gulf Coast League game yesterday in Ft. Myers and was 1-for-2 with a home run. He also finally saw some time in the outfield, playing two innings in the field for the first time since June 22.

Notebook: Red Sox hurlers continue rehab progress
Mike Petraglia, redsox.com

Pedro Martinez will throw long toss again Wednesday for the second time in three days. The Red Sox right-hander played catch for about 10 minutes Tuesday under the watchful eyes of Red Sox staff. "He's doing good," Manager Jimy Williams said of his injured ace. "Pedro threw long toss from about 50 feet [on Monday] and I talked to him a little bit. He said he's feeling good. He'll just keep doing what he's doing."

Long toss for Pedro
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

Pedro Martinez played 12 minutes of effortless long toss yesterday but politely declined to speak with reporters.

Martinez progressing
Bob Hohler, Boston Globe

After 10 days of exercising and strengthening his shoulder, Martinez played long toss in the outfield. He is in the early stage of a graduated throwing program that, barring a setback, should culminate with him returning to action within several weeks.

Garciaparra plays five innings in rehab stint
Patrick Mulrenin, mlb.com

It's not often that a Red Sox player goes 0-for-3 at the plate and fans in Boston breathe a sigh of relief.

Several stories from The Providence Journal.

Short and sweet -- Rehabbing Garciaparra takes major step with a five-inning outing for Pawtucket
Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

Five innings at shortstop and four plate appearances last night. A start at DH this afternoon. Seven innings tomorrow night. Nine innings Friday. And after that? How about Fenway Park for a date this weekend with the Chicago White Sox? ...

Garciaparra was plunked in the lower back by an 0-and-2 changeup from Snyder, and was laughing as he trotted to first base. ''I would have, just to say thanks,'' Garciaparra said, when asked in jest why he didn't charge Snyder. Garciaparra then made reference to Izzy Alcantara's recent Jackie Chan moment. ''I looked in my dugout and nobody got up. 'Then they told me it took a kick first.''

Garciaparra also handled three chances in the field. He gloved a sharply hit ground ball hit directly at him by Indianapolis catcher Kevin Brown and snapped a throw across the diamond for an easy out in the second. He gloved a line drive by third baseman Dionys Cesar in the bottom of the fifth, his last inning, and made a signature play for the final out, backhanding Brown's grounder deep in the hole and gunning a sidearm throw across his body.

Nomar gets to play ball: SS encouraged with his return
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

He tugged on his batting gloves and tapped the toes of his shoes, and for the first time in 296 interminable days, Nomar Anthony Garciaparra returned to the batter's box last night in a familiar flurry of nervous energy. Be patient. The return of the wonderboy appears to be drawing near. [Oops! His name is actually Anthony Nomar Garciaparra!]

Is Bernie Williams the first player to hit a fair ball out of Yankee Stadium?
New York Post, Monday and Tuesday.

 

Tuesday, July 24, 2001

An Interview With Pedro Martínez
Eric Enders, baseballprimer.com

Q: Aside from the language, what other difficulties did you have because you weren’t from the United States?

A: Well, I was advised pretty good by my brother, who went through a lot of different things that I didn’t have to experience because of what he went through. But I think eating was also a big factor. The food is very different, and I didn’t adjust well in the first two years. ...

Q: I heard that when you in Montréal, you tried to learn French. Is that true?

A: I picked up a little bit, yeah.

Pedro still in limbo
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

There is still no timetable for Pedro Martinez' return. He continues to play catch and work on the strengthening program for his ailing right shoulder at Fenway under the supervision of rehab coordinator Chris Correnti.

Nomar tops list of possible reinforcements
Sean McAdam, Providence Journal

Having survived their longest road trip of the season, the Red Sox yesterday were rewarded with a much-welcomed day off. The respite was not the only good news greeting them upon their return to Boston. ... By this time next week, it's possible, even quite likely, that Nomar Garciaparra, Bret Saberhagen and Carl Everett will again be part of the Sox 25-man roster.

Bret Saberhagen -- Starting Friday?
[Sunday: Projo; Herald; Globe; MLB
Monday: Globe; Herald; Tuesday: MLB]

Giants won't face Red Sox in interleague play in '02
Daniel Brown, San Jose Mercury News

Figuring that Bay Area fans already get their fill of Miguel Tejada and Tim Hudson, the Giants would prefer to give the Pacific Bell Park faithful a first-hand look at Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez. According to the latest tentative schedule, however, the Giants would face every American League East team next season except the Boston Red Sox.

 

Monday, July 23, 2001


Brown coach predicted Pedro's predicament
Bill Reynolds, Providence Journal

A couple of years ago, I was talking with Brown baseball coach Marek Drabinski when the conversation casually turned to Pedro Martinez and how great he was. "The only question is how long he can last with that motion of his," he said.

"What do you mean?" I asked. I had never heard anything about his motion.

"He has a tendency to fall off to the first base side when he throws," Drabinski said, "and it's just a matter of time before he hurts his shoulder."

 

Saturday, July 21, 2001

Red Sox Notebook
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

Carl Everett was able to run the bases well enough that he was dispatched to the team's facility in Fort Myers, Fla., to begin a brief, minor league rehab stint. ... Everett is expected to play today for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox and tomorrow for Single-A Sarasota in his hometown of Tampa.

Injury Update
Mike Petraglia, redsox.com

Jason Varitek has been throwing in his workouts. ... Rolando Arrojo is expected to stay in the rotation and start Wednesday. Frank Castillo threw for eight minutes and reported no problems. Pedro Martinez, trying to heal inflammation in his right shoulder, played catch for 15 minutes. He also played catch on Wednesday. Bret Saberhagen has been cleared to pitch for Pawtucket on Saturday. Pete Schourek said he felt good after throwing Friday. And, finally, Nomar Garciaparra continued his workouts with the team in Chicago. The Red Sox were expected to make a decision on the next phase of his rehab -- including whether he'll be ready to begin playing for a minor-league team -- by the end of the weekend.

Strange and Unusual Plays
retrosheet.org

Dozens of plays including:

May 16, 1902 -- Brooklyn at St. Louis Cardinals -- In the top of the third, with two outs and a runner on first, Cozy Dolan was batting for the Dodgers. He hit a foul ball that ran up his bat, hit him in the head, and knocked him unconscious. The hard-headed Dolan remained in the game after he came to. The runner on first was picked off to end the inning, but Dolan led off the fourth with a single, his third of the game.

May 23, 1965 -- New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals -- The Mets' Ron Swoboda took the field with a batting helmet stuck on his foot. Swoboda had kicked the helmet in disgust and, when he wasn't immediately able to extricate it, Casey Stengel ordered him to take the field as he was.

Off-duty cop drops gun onto field in try for foul ball
Associated Press

An off-duty police officer at a Detroit Tigers game dropped his gun on the field of Comerica Park after losing his balance while trying to catch a foul ball. A videotape from Wednesday's doubleheader against the New York Yankees shows a man dropping a Glock pistol as he attempted to grab a ball hit down the third-base line. The gun fell during the eighth inning of the second game, which the Tigers won 12-4.

 

Friday, July 20, 2001

Truth lies somewhere in middle
Karen Guregian, Boston Herald

Winston Churchill once described lying as "terminological inexactitude.'' Lord Byron, meanwhile, had a slightly different, less technically wrapped slant. He called it "truth in masquerade.'' Whatever the polite phrase, it's quite possible the Red Sox are flirting with all of the interpretations of the term when it comes to Pedro Martinez' shoulder injury.

Pedro continues workouts
Mike Petraglia, redsox.com

Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez played catch again Thursday in Boston as part of his ongoing strength-and-conditioning program for his right shoulder.

"Pedro worked out again [Thursday]," club spokesman Kevin Shea told redsox.com. There were no setbacks and no problems. He worked out [Thursday] as he has all this week. He continues with his full program, designed to focus on strengthening his shoulder."

Red Sox doctor Bill Morgan said last week that Martinez would probably not be in the starting rotation again until mid-to-late August.

Transaction Analysis -- Boston Red Sox
Chris Kahrl, baseballprospectus.com

Activated RHP Rich Garces from the 15-day DL; optioned RHP Carlos Castillo to Pawtucket. [7/12]

Pound for pound, this may very well be the heaviest two-player roster move in baseball history. ... What's important is that it looks like the Red Sox have a four-man pen in which Jimy Williams has confidence: Rich Garces, Rod Beck, Derek Lowe, and Bill Pulsipher. ... The long-term issue is whether Williams's predilection for using his best relievers on a near-daily basis is going to scrag the pen before Martinez's return.

6-4-3: Puddle of Consciousness
Gary Huckabay, baseballprospectus.com

Who's more crack-addled? The Detroit Tigers for offering Roger Cedeno a three-year deal worth $4.5 million annually, or Cedeno for turning it down? ... I have two words for Roger--Jody and Reed. ...

The ERA of every pitcher who's started a game for the Texas Rangers this year:
4.95
5.30
5.84
6.20
7.04
7.40
8.00
10.89

Could you be next?

Randy Johnson strikes out 16 in 7-inning relief appearance!

Smoltz sharp in bullpen rehab outings
Associated Press

John Smoltz of the Atlanta Braves has always wondered what it would be like to finish instead of start. Now, after two dominating relief appearances in the minor leagues, he's ready to find out.

 

Thursday, July 19, 2001

Sox deny Pedro report: Insist star's cuff is not torn
Michael Silverman, Boston Herald

Pitching coach Joe Kerrigan has seen the MRI of Martinez' shoulder. While stressing that he is not a doctor, Kerrigan said it was explained to him by the club's medical staff that what he was looking at was an inflamed rotator cuff.

"In an MRI, when there's no leakage, there's no tear,'' said Kerrigan. "I saw (injured starter) Frankie's (Castillo) MRI and you could see where blood had leaked through the muscle. It looks like a big white spot. There was none there for Pedro. ... You look at any MRI of a pitcher and you're going to see damage of one kind or another. With Pedro, we've got to settle down the inflammation, that's all.''

Martinez unexpectedly plays catch
Bob Hohler, Boston Globe

In this season of crazy twists, good and bad, here's the latest Red Sox surprise: Pedro Martinez has begun playing catch for the first time since June 26, when inflammation in his rotator cuff forced him out of action. ... ''I think the next week is going to tell a lot,'' Morgan said last Thursday. ''Much of [his return date] is going to depend on how he responds to the strengthening program.''

Surgeon cautions about recovery
Michael O'Connor, Boston Herald

If the injury to Pedro Martinez' pitching shoulder is more than just inflammation in the rotator cuff and in fact is a tear, such damage could mean he's done for the season, an orthopedic surgeon said yesterday.

Nomar could join PawSox Monday
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

With his rehabilitation progressing at a rapid pace, Nomar Garciaparra acknowledged that it's possible that he could begin a short minor-league assignment as early as Monday.

Commander on battlefield
Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

For all of Pedro Martinez's bravado that he would be the one to drill the Babe in the butt, perhaps it is better this way. Reverse the curse? If that day should come, why not have it be someone who once wore pinstripes to do the honors.

''It's starting to get a little eerie, isn't it?'' said David Cone, the man whose wife dreamed of him one day pitching for the Red Sox, even while he was still in the employ of the Yankees.

 

Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Art's Notebook
Art Martone, Providence Journal

We're not normally in the business of refuting stories in other publications [Bergen Record], but this was a little different, for two reasons:

1) Without getting into much detail, because I can't, we had reason to believe this might be true, and

2) If Pedro Martinez has even a slight tear in his rotator cuff, that's huge, huge, huge news in Red Sox Nation. Because, as the story said, tears don't heal themselves. Eventually, Martinez would have had to have surgery.

So we checked it out. We talked to the Red Sox and their medical staff. We talked to a player with first-hand knowledge of rotator-cuff problems. We talked to others, on and off the record, including someone who we thought might be one of the sources of the Bergen story. Everything came back the same: No tear.

And that's where we stand.

Where Have You Gone, Derek Jeter?
Allen St. John, Village Voice

"[A]t 27, the days of Derek Jeter as a work in progress seem like a distant memory. ... Jeter has been slipping for the better part of two seasons, marooned on a plateau, a promise of greatness leveled off to a guarantee of solidly-above-averageness. ... Star quotient aside, the apt statistical comparison isn't to A-Rod or Nomar, but to Jeff Cirillo.

Derek Jeter
Sean Forman, baseballprimer.com

Year  Age  BA    OBP   SLG
1996  22  .314  .370  .430
1997  23  .291  .370  .405
1998  24  .324  .384  .481
1999  25  .349  .437  .552
2000  26  .339  .416  .481
2001  27  .298  .372  .437

I think it is entirely possible (and perhaps probable) that we have seen Jeter's best year offensively.

Sox insist Martinez has no tear in shoulder
Steven Krasner, Providence Journal

Pedro Martinez is suffering from a "slight tear" of his right rotator cuff, according to the Bergen (N.J.) Record. The Red Sox deny that report. They say the three-time Cy Young Award winner is back in Boston, rehabilitating from an inflammation of the rotator cuff, and has not been diagnosed with a tear, however small. Team physician Bill Morgan said last night that Martinez even played a little light toss on Monday.

Staff pitches in
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

The Red Sox still lead the major leagues in staff ERA and the numbers entering last night's game at Olympic Stadium were very similar to when Martinez was leading the staff. After Martinez' final start on June 26, the club's ERA was 3.44. In 17 games without him, the ERA was 3.64 (151 IP, 61 ER), pushing the overall mark up slightly to 3.57.

The Daily Prospectus: Second Thoughts
Joe Sheehan, baseballprospectus.com

Lost in the hoopla, the All-Star balloting, the RBIs, and the Sports Illustrated spread has been one small detail regarding Bret Boone's good first half: he hasn't been the best second baseman in his league. That title belongs to Roberto Alomar.

M's pair ends media boycott
Associated Press

Ichiro Suzuki and Kazuhiro Sasaki of the Seattle Mariners are talking to reporters from Japan again. "It's not that we forgave them," Sasaki said Tuesday. "We just thought that not talking wasn't going to solve any problems. We still want to make sure we have our privacy."

Those Silly Pitch Counts Again
Don Malcolm's Big Bad Blog, baseballprimer.com

Here’s the complete pitch count breakdown, as of July 15:

Tm      G 100+ 110+ 120+ 130+  100+% 110+% 120+% 130+%
ANA    91   53   19    4    0  58.2% 20.9%  4.4%  0.0%
ARZ    91   42   29   14    3  46.2% 31.9% 15.4%  3.3%
ATL    91   39   15    2    0  42.9% 16.5%  2.2%  0.0%
BAL    91   42   17    2    0  46.2% 18.7%  2.2%  0.0%
BOS    91   31   14    5    1  34.1% 15.4%  5.5%  1.1%
CHC    90   44   23    1    0  48.9% 25.6%  1.1%  0.0%
CHW    89   40   18    4    0  44.9% 20.2%  4.5%  0.0%
CIN    91   24    7    1    0  26.4%  7.7%  1.1%  0.0%
CLE    89   33   19    5    1  37.1% 21.3%  5.6%  1.1%
COL    91   47   23    6    0  51.6% 25.3%  6.6%  0.0%
DET    88   51   25    5    1  58.0% 28.4%  5.7%  1.1%
FLA    92   49   24    6    0  53.3% 26.1%  6.5%  0.0%
HOU    90   40   19    5    0  44.4% 21.1%  5.6%  0.0%
KC     91   35   21    6    1  38.5% 23.1%  6.6%  1.1%
LA     92   37   18    6    2  40.2% 19.6%  6.5%  2.2%
MIL    90   34   17    1    0  37.8% 18.9%  1.1%  0.0%
MIN    91   36   17    2    0  39.6% 18.7%  2.2%  0.0%
MON    92   36   12    1    0  39.1% 13.0%  1.1%  0.0%
NYM    93   49   23    3    0  52.7% 24.7%  3.2%  0.0%
NYY    90   54   29    9    3  60.0% 32.2% 10.0%  3.3%
OAK    91   42   15    4    1  46.2% 16.5%  4.4%  1.1%
PHI    91   32   12    5    1  35.2% 13.2%  5.5%  1.1%
PIT    90   20   10    2    0  22.2% 11.1%  2.2%  0.0%
SD     92   47   15    5    2  51.1% 16.3%  5.4%  2.2%
SEA    91   33   17    4    0  36.3% 18.7%  4.4%  0.0%
SF     92   50   32    9    2  54.3% 34.8%  9.8%  2.2%
STL    90   39   11    1    0  43.3% 12.2%  1.1%  0.0%
TBD    92   43   19    4    0  46.7% 20.7%  4.3%  0.0%
TEX    91   41   18    6    0  45.1% 19.8%  6.6%  0.0%
TOR    92   41   18    4    0  44.6% 19.6%  4.3%  0.0%
MLB  2726 1204  556  132   18  44.2% 20.4%  4.8%  0.7%

Frustrated Canseco wants more
Chris De Luca, Chicago Sun-Times

''I'll say this: Any team that lets me play the outfield every day, I will accomplish 40-40 again,'' said Canseco. ''I don't know how you can judge me as an outfielder when they put me out there once every five months. You'll never know how frustrating it really is, especially when you are healthy and you can help the team with one swing of the bat.''

 

Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Tres magnifique: Sox hold off Expos, 6-5
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

"From a fan's point of view, I'd hate to see me come into a game,'' Derek Lowe said. "I can't remember the last time I had a 1-2-3 inning. I think it goes back to the way I pitch. I'm not a strikeout pitcher. I need them to put the ball in play, and I rely on my fielders for the majority of my outs. Sometimes the ball doesn't always go at fielders. If I was a fan, I'd get nervous when I was out there, too.''

 

Monday, July 16, 2001

A nice image
Bob Hohler, Boston Globe

Pitching coach Joe Kerrigan said he expects Martínez to begin playing catch next weekend. Though Martínez, who is recovering from inflammation in his right rotator cuff, is not expected to return for at least a month, the image of him throwing a ball may provide some consolation. He has not thrown since June 26, when he pitched 4.2 innings against Tampa Bay at Fenway. ... Pete Schourek is due to pitch in the bullpen today and throw batting practice Thursday in Toronto. And Frank Castillo is expected to start throwing off a mound again early next week.

Montreal misses Pedro
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

Many Expos and Stade Olympique workers were disappointed that former Montreal hero Pedro Martínez didn't make the trip north with the Sox.

He remains one of the most popular players in the franchise's history, but the Sox thought he and rehabbing teammates Frank Castillo, John Valentin, Nomar Garciaparra and Carl Everett would be better served working out in Boston under the guidance of physical therapist Chris Correnti.

Sox crowd Expos: Stynes' HRs spark 8-5 win
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

Chris Stynes had a feeling that the Red Sox might have some added support yesterday at Olympic Stadium when he went for a walk downtown shortly after the team arrived Saturday night. "Everywhere you looked you saw people wearing Red Sox stuff. Just walking down the street they were rooting for us.''

Sox fans cheer up Montreal
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

"You couldn't walk more than 50 feet without seeing Red Sox fans chanting 'Let's go, Red Sox!' It was like a World Series atmosphere,'' Joe Kerrigan said yesterday at Olympic Stadium. "I was here for 13 years as a player and coach. Never have I heard anything like that (in terms of support for a visiting team).''

Will Pedro change his style?
Garry Brown, Springfield Union-News

Pedro Martínez "throws too hard." That's the considered opinion of William Morgan, head of the Boston Red Sox medical team.

Saberhagen feels good, sets sights on Pawtucket
Mike Petraglia, redsox.com

Pitcher Bret Saberhagen gave Red Sox fans more reason to believe he will soon be back in Boston, contributing to Boston's stretch run for the pennant. Saberhagen made another rehab start Sunday, throwing 67 pitches, 42 for strikes, over 3.2 innings for Class-AA Trenton in an Eastern League game against Portland at Waterfront Park. He allowed one run and five hits while striking out four and walking one.

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