Pedroia not thinking about captaincy


Pedroia not thinking about captaincy

FORT MYERS, Fla. Dustin Pedroia was asked if he would like to be team captain, given Jason Variteks unlikely return to the team.

I dont even think about that stuff, Pedroia said. Its Day One for me. I just want to have a good practice and help the team.

Which is probably a good thing. Manager Bobby Valentine is not sold on the concept of team captain, citing the 2011 World Series champion and captain-less St. Louis Cardinals.

Pedroia, who was very close to former manager Terry Francona, is starting his first big league season with a new manager.

Its different. Its the only thing Ive known, Pedroia said. Things change. Its tough to see him go especially the way it ended. Hell always be a close friend whatever he chooses to do forward. Im pulling for him.

He is still getting to know Valentine. The two talked a couple of times in the offseason, and had dinner together in Arizona.

I dont know, Pedroia said. Ive been here a day and half. Ive met him a couple of times. From what I hear he is thinking about baseball nonstop and thinking about fundamentals and getting this team where it needs to be. Its going to be exciting.

Valentine is just one of many new faces in camp. How does Pedroia see the team developing the necessary chemistry to win?

It takes time, he said. dont know these guys that well. The guys who do know each other stick together and the more your relationship builds with the new guys it will be that much stronger.

We got some guys who have been here a while. Well play hard. Thats what we do.

Like most of those teammates who were here last season, Pedroia is eager to put 2011 and the September collapse behind him, focusing on a fresh start for this season.

Im excited to go play again, he said. Last year the end was tough but we have to regroup together and come out and play good baseball all year long.

Play the game the right way Thats basically it. I dont have answers to what went on last year. Last year is over. It was tough. Theres not a day that goes by that I dont think about it. You have to try to turn the page and not think about it and play well and play for your teammates.

It remains to be seen, though, with whom Pedroia will be turning double plays. Mike Aviles, Nick Punto, and Jose Iglesias are candidates, after Marco Scutaros trade to Colorado in January.

Its going to be fine, Pedroia said. Scoot did a great job but we have Mike and Nick to step up and play good ball for us. Well be fine.

On Jacoby Ellsburys 2011 season, finishing second in American League MVP voting, Pedroia said:

He had an unbelievable year. We need him to do the same thing. I get on him all the time and tell him anybody can do it once. Hell be fine. Hes motivated, trust me.

Saturday's Red Sox-Angels Lineups: Pomeranz makes Red Sox road debut on west coast


Saturday's Red Sox-Angels Lineups: Pomeranz makes Red Sox road debut on west coast

Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 7.00 with Boston) makes his return to the west coast in his first road start in a Red Sox uniform. The lefty is coming off a six-inning start where he gave up two runs, but was on the wrong end of a 4-2 contest against the Tigers.

The Angels answer with Hector Santiago (9-4, 4.28). He shut out Boston for six innings on 7/2 -- the same day the Red Sox staff gave up 21 runs.

The lineups:


Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Bryce Brentz LF
Sandy Leon C

Drew Pomeranz LHP

Yunel Escobar 3B
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 1B
Andrelton Simmons SS
Jett Bandy C
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Gregorio Petit LF
Shane Robinson RF

Hector Santiago LHP

Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade


Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

Though the chances are slim the Red Sox and White Sox make a blockbuster trade before the MLB trade deadline, Chicago is at least sending resources to Boston's minor league affiliates to scout their prospects.

ESPN Boston's Scott Lauber first reported Friday the White Sox were scouting Double-A Portland (home of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi), but Ken Rosenthal adds they were also at their Single-A and Triple-A affiliates.

Though one would assume the Red Sox are seeking prospects for a potential return on Chris Sale, Rosenthal thinks it could be "for reasons other than Sale" and that some believe the White Sox are "simply laying groundwork for off-season trade."

Stay tuned for more.

Cooper carted off, reportedly dealing with plantar fascia injury


Cooper carted off, reportedly dealing with plantar fascia injury

FOXBORO – There was some offensive line attrition this morning at the first full-contact practice of training camp.

Most notably, guard Jonathan Cooper left the field on a cart.

Cooper, acquired from the Cardinals in the Chandler Jones trade, went down during a drill when the offensive line was firing off and hitting bags and carrying the blocks out. It appeared to be his right foot that was afflicted. He was down for a few minutes and the team had to move the drill away from him as he stayed down. Quarterback Tom Brady went over to check on Cooper before Cooper was helped gingerly to a cart alongside trainer Jim Whalen and was carted away.

Ian Rapoport from NFL Media reported after Cooper went down that the former first-rounder is battling plantar fascia, a painful foot ailment.

That’s what led to him needing to be held off, according to Rap.

Meanwhile, center Bryan Stork kinda just slipped out of practice. He was first noticed missing when he did not take part in 1-on-1s which came early in practice. He was out there for the beginning of practice so whether he was hurt, sent off for whacking people or had a dentist’s appointment isn’t known.

Bill Belichick wasn’t available after practice. Otherwise we’d have the full scoop.

We’ll keep an eye on that for Sunday.

Running back D.J. Foster and guard Shaq Mason meanwhile didn’t take part in 1-on-1s and retired to a lower field for some conditioning. Guard Josh Kline’s workload is also a bit limited while guard Tre Jackson and tackle Sebastian Vollmer are on the PUP list still.

The Patriots have practice Sunday and are in the stadium for a night practice on Monday before getting Tuesday off.

Tom E. Curran can be followed on Twitter: @tomecurran