Lester 'pleased' with first spring outing


Lester 'pleased' with first spring outing

FORT MYERS, Fla. Pitching two scoreless innings against Northeastern University isn't going to affect Jon Lester's season one way or another.

Still, the lefty was pleased to get the first outing of the spring over and done with.

"I guess the main thing is that it's good to get the first one out of the way," said Lester after the Red Sox had blanked Northeastern 25-0. "I felt good. Obviously, I feel strong. I was pleased with it."

In his two innings, Lester allowed one hit and struck out two.

Pitching for the first time in game conditions since last September and facing a college team, Lester kept his goals modest.

"Just trying to throw strikes," said Lester. "Trying to throw downhill and not overthrow. All and all, I felt pretty good about where I was at."

Lester enjoyed the experience of breaking in JetBlue Park, becoming the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a pitch at the team's new spring training home.

"Everything seemed good," said Lester. "The bullpen's kind of eerie because it's the same (as Fenway). Obviously, you get out there and it's a little different because of the stands and all that. But everything's awesome.

"The people who built the stadium did a great job and the fans that show up . . . I think we take for granted that every night it's sold out, whether it down here or up in Boston. It's awesome to see them pack the seats. Like I said, you can't beat the field. It's beautiful."

In reviewing the spring so far, Lester noted that this year has been "a little more high-paced, more intense," than in recent springs.

"I don't think that's (suggesting) anything bad about spring training in the past," he said. "I think that's just the way our (last) two managers have different personalities. Bobby's more high-paced, running from field-to-field and (Terry Francona) was more laid-
back. I think there's a time and place for both.

"But I think it's been good. I think we've gotten a lot done in the last two weeks. I think guys are ready to get this thing going."

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.