Red Sox announce 2013 non-roster invitees

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Red Sox announce 2013 non-roster invitees

BOSTON, MAGeneral Manager Ben Cherington announced today that 19 players will attend the Red Sox Major League Spring Training camp as non-roster invitees.

Pedro Beato, RHP Beato went 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA in four relief appearances with Boston after being acquired from the New York Mets on August 16.

Xander Bogaerts, INF Bogaerts comes into camp as Bostons No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America. He was named Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year after he hit .307 with 20 home runs and 81 RBI in 127 games between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland.

Jackie Bradley, OF The 22-year-old hit .315 with nine home runs and 63 RBI in 128 games between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland last season. Bradley was named the Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year

Chris Carpenter, RHP Carpenter posted a 2.08 ERA in 21 appearances between the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Greenville, Portland, and Pawtucket.

Anthony Carter, RHP The 26-year-old Carter posted a 4-6 record with a 4.60 ERA in 39 appearances for Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox organization.

Jose De La Torre, RHP De La Torre went 9-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 46 appearances for Double-A Akron, Triple-A Columbus, and Pawtucket.

Jonathan Diaz, INF Diaz hit .221 with four home runs and 40 RBI in 134 games between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas in the Blue Jays system.

Terry Doyle, RHP Doyle was in both the Twins and White Sox organizations last year. He returned to the White Sox organization where he pitched for Triple-A Charlotte where he went 6-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 12 games.

Mark Hamilton, INFOF Hamilton spent last year with Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization where he hit .231 with 15 home runs and51 RBI90 games with Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization.

Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF In 121 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket last season, Hazelbaker combined to hit .273 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI.

Justin Henry, INF Henry played for Triple-A Toledo in the Tigers organization where he hit .300 with one home run and 38 RBI in 131 games.

Chris Hernandez, LHP Hernandez pitched for both Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2012 and combined to go 5-12 with a 3.26 ERA in 26 games.

Juan Carlos Linares, OF Linares hit .316 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 110 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket last season.

Mitch Maier, OF Maier, split the 2012 season between Triple-A Omaha and the Kansas City Royals. Maier hit .172 with two home runs and seven RBI in 32 games with the Royals. In 38 games for Triple-A Omaha, he hit .288 with four home runs and 17 RBI.

Deven Marrero, INF The Red Sox first-round selection in the 2012 Draft, Marrero hit .268 with two home runs and 24 RBI in 64 games for Single-A Lowell.

Lyle Overbay, INF Overbay, split the 2012 season between the Diamondbacks and Braves, where he hit .259 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 65 games.

Drew Sutton, INF Sutton, In his 42 games between the Pirates and Rays, he hit .254 with one home run and 13 RBI.

Ryan Sweeney, OF Sweeney batted .260 with 16 RBI in 63 games for the Red Sox before his season was ended after he punched a wall in the dugout.

Oscar Villarreal, LHP Villarreal, went 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 37 games for Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles minor league system.

Eight of the 19 invitees have previous major league experience. Beato, Carpenter and Sweeney all saw action for the Red Sox in 2012.

Quotes, notes and stars: Swihart flashes power and speed

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Quotes, notes and stars: Swihart flashes power and speed

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies:

 

QUOTES

"I felt a little cramp. I'm fine. I appreciate John and everybody looking out (for me). We obviously don't want anything to happen like last year, but I'm good.'' - Dustin Pedroia, who left the game in the fifth after experiencing some tightness in his right hamstring.

"It's nice to be able to get deep into the game. That's my goal every time. My goal is nine innings, so if I don't get nine innings, I'm a little disappointed because I want to be able to go out there and pitch as many innings as I can.'' - Steven Wright.

"I think my release point was just a little off. That definitely makes it hard, especially when it's moving, because it's not a consistent release point.'' - Wright on the early-inning unpredictability of his signature pitch.

"Even when I was catching, I pride myself on running. I want to be an athlete back there. I want to run the bases, steal bases, things most catchers aren't known to do.'' - Blake Swihart, who hit two triples.

 

NOTES

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 29 games.

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 18 games.

* David Ortiz tied Paul Molitor for 12th on the all-time doubles list with 605.

* Ortiz has driven in multiple runs in three straight games

* Dustin Pedroia has a career batting average of .340 in interleague play, the highest ever for someone with 500 or more at-bats.

* Travis Shaw drove in three runs and now has 68 RBI in his first 111 games since Fred Lynn and Jim Rice in 1974-75.

* Blake Swihart became the third Red Sox hitter this season to post two triples in the same game.

* The Red Sox clinched their fifth straight home series win.

* The Sox are 21-8 since April 24 and are 13-2 in their last 15 home games.

 

STARS

1) Steven Wright

Backed by some rare run support, Wright evened his record at 4-4 with seven-plus innings and his eighth quality start this season.

2) Travis Shaw

Shaw produced two hits and knocked in three runs, making him the fourth Red Sox player this season to reach 30 RBI.

3) Blake Swihart

Swihart got to flash both his power and his speed by hitting two triples to the triangle, motoring around the bases.

 

First impressions from Red Sox' 10-3 win over Rockies

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First impressions from Red Sox' 10-3 win over Rockies

BOSTON- First impressions from the Red Sox' 10-3 win over Colorado:

 

Steven Wright is the very picture of consistency.

In nine starts this season, Wright has pitched at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer eight times. In the one start in which he failed to do so, he was pitching in a mini-monsoon and unable to properly grip his signature pitch.

On Wednesday, he battled some early-inning wildness with the knuckler, resulting in two wild pitches and four passed balls, but eventually settled down.

His 4-4 mark hardly represents how well he's pitched. A more telling stat is the 60 2/3 innings he's pitched in nine outings, just shy of seven per game.

 

It could be a costly night for injuries.

Ryan Hanigan left the game after 2 1/2 innings because of illness. Dustin Pedroia came out in the fifth as a precaution after experiencing some tightness in his right hamstring. And Xander Bogaerts jammed his thumb in the eighth.

Let's assume that Hanigan's illness is a temporary thing, and since Bogaerts remained in the game, that, too, seemed minor.

But the Pedroia hamstring is potentially a red flag, since it was that same hamstring that sidelined him for almost half of last season.

 

For the past 19 home games, the Red Sox have averaged more than eight runs per game.

Nineteen games isn't exactly a small sample size. In fact, it's almost exactly one-quarter of the home schedule. To average more than eight runs per game over that long a stretch, covering parts of three different homestands, is pretty remarkable.

 

Blake Swihart's speed is something else.

Swihart hit two triples to the triangle Wednesday night, and on the second, to see him shift into higher gear as he approached second base was really something to see.

It's difficult to think of another catcher -- and yes, I understand that Swihart has been playing left field exclusively of late; but he remains primarily a catcher -- who ran as well as Swihart does.

When the Sox and other independent evaluators remark about Swihart's athleticism, that's one of the things to which they're referring.