Random Notes from Spring Training Week 1

All Hail Carl Crawford

Red Sox fans can rejoice; Carl Crawford may have been Theo Epstein’s best get of the offseason. For 9 seasons, he has been a primary scoring catalyst for the Tampa Bay Rays with his aggressiveness, his speed, and a general attitude that tends to infect the entire lineup with a sense of confidence. This star, whose birth-sign (Leo) is prominently displayed on his neck, may be just the tonic the Red Sox need to get those bats blasting hits. Gordon Edes provides more color.

Red Sox Pitching

Look for Josh Beckett to bounce back this year, proving Terry Francona with three strong starters that can go deep into games on a consistent basis (the others are, of course, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester). Tito will need those deep starts to keep his bullpen rested, because relievers are likely to see plenty of action on days when John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka start.

Yankee Hurlers Are Weighed Down

Three Yankee pitchers, CC Sabathia, Joba Chamberlain, and Bartolo Colon have reported to spring training camp struggling with weight issues that could threaten their stamina and effectiveness. Colon may not get a spot in the starting rotation because of it. ESPN’s Wallace Matthews looks into this situation in some detail.

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