Iglesias (groin) back in the lineup

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Iglesias (groin) back in the lineup

FORT MYERS, Fla. Before the Red Sox host the Twins Monday afternoon, manager Bobby Valentine updated the health status of several players who have been dealing with injuries of varying severity:

Shortstop Jose Iglesias is back in the lineup today. He has not played since March 10 because of a right groin strain. Valentine said Iglesias feels good.

Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who left after the second inning in the March 12 game against the Marlins, is progressing.

"Sweeney says hes working on base running and getting all that stuff going so that he might be ready soon for game action," Valentine said.

Left fielder Carl Crawford took 20 swings off a tee today and is progressing toward 25 swings. He also has a throwing program but is not bunting yet.

Outfielder Ryan Kalish, rehabbing from off-season neck and shoulder surgeries, will swing off a tee day and also do some throwing.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back in the lineup for back-to-back games after resting with bursitis in his left hip.

First baseman Lars Anderson is still limited by a calf strain.

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, will throw live batting practice today.

Left-hander Franklin Morales will throw live batting practice on Wednesday for the first time this spring, and will be scheduled for a game here in the upcoming future, Valentine said.

Asked if he could imagine Morales being ready by Opening Day, Valentine replied:

Einstein said its better to have imagination than knowledge. So I cant give you an answer that goes on knowledge but I can imagine him having enough time. Thats not a knowledgeable statement.

But, yes hes very healthy and really ready to go.

Right-hander Aaron Cook is scheduled to start Thursday against the Yankees and go four innings.

He had a little tenderness in his groin and thats the thing thats going to be the determining factor, Valentine said. But hell be able to go at least three.

Asked if he could see Cook, who has thrown 5 13 innings this spring, being ready as a starter by Opening Day, Valentine replied:

Its hard to imagine that.

Quotes, notes and stars: Young Red Sox are 'fun to watch'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Young Red Sox are 'fun to watch'

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox' 8-3 win over Colorado Rockies:

 

QUOTES

"This is a very good fastball-hitting team and his ability to change speeds tonight was very (impressive).'' - John Farrell on David Price.

"Their preparation, their understanding of what their daily routine is. They come ready to play every single night. They come ready to play every single night. They're ready every single night when that first pitch is thrown.'' - Farrell on the team's explosiveness in the first inning.

"This game is a learning process and these kids work extremely hard every day. They want to be good. It's fun to watch.'' - David Ortiz on the core of young players and their success.

"As the game went on, I got stronger and that's good. I still want to be able to finish games better than I have my last couple of outings.'' - David Price.

 

NOTES

* Jackie Bradley Jr's hitting streak was extended to 28 games with a second-inning double.

* Xander Bogaerts extended his own hitting streak to 17 games when he doubled in the first

* The Red Sox saw their team streak of 22 straight games with at least one home run snapped.

* Dustin Pedroia posted his fourth straight multi-hit interleague game.

* David Ortiz (four RBI) has 13 multi-RBI games.

* The Red Sox are 12-2 in their last 14 home games

* David Price crossed the 1,500 inning threshold for his career, one of 11 active pitchers to reach that mark.

* Christian Vazquez delivered his first career triple.

 

STARS

1) David Ortiz

Ortiz slapped a single through the shortstop hole for two quick runs in the first, then added a two-run double in the fourth for a four RBI night.

2) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia helped set the table at the top of the batting order, reaching base four times (three hits, one walk) while scoring two runs.

3) David Price

He took the early 2-0 (and 4-1) lead and ran with it, attacking the Rockies lineup and completing seven strong innings.

 

First impressions from Red Sox' 8-3 win over Rockies

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First impressions from Red Sox' 8-3 win over Rockies

First impressions from the Red Sox' 8-3 win over the Colorado Rockies:

 

The Red Sox continue to use Fenway as their own little offensive playground.

Since April 20, the Red Sox are averaging exactly eight runs per game at home. That's just over a month of the covering 18 games.

They've also collected 10 or more hits in 16 of those 18 games, utilizing every bit of the field.

For the last two seasons, Fenway stopped being a tough place to play for opponents. But at home this year, the Sox have outscored opponents by 67 runs.

 

All of a sudden, the Red Sox are a triples team and Fenway is a triples haven.

A triple by Christian Vazquez - of all people -- gave the Red Sox a league-high 13 triples this season.

Fenway has a reputation for being a doubles park, but the ballpark has been home to 12 triples in 26 games - five by visiting teams and seven by the Red Sox. That translates into almost one every two games.

 

David Price was solid, but not spectacular.

The positives: Price got through the seventh inning for the fifth time this season. He walked just one and fanned six in seven innings.

He was hit hard a few times, with a homer into the visitor's bullpen allowed to Charlie Blackmon and a triple to the triangle for Carlos Gonzalez.

Consider it another step forward for Price, but it fell far short of dominant.

 

Koji Uehara's deception is heightened against teams that don't see him much.

Uehara allowed a leadoff single to D.J. LeMahieu, but then fanned three in a row, finishing each hitter off with his trademark split-finger fastball.

That pitch can be tough to recognize for hitters who see it a few times per season. For those in the National League who are largely unfamiliar with Uehara's splitter, it's apparently some sort of Kryptonite.