Valentine pleased with first official workout


Valentine pleased with first official workout

FORT MYERS, Fla. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was pleased with the first official workout for his pitchers and catchers.

My impressions are that bench coach Tim Bogar and the coaching staff did a fabulous job of executing a plan for the pitchers and the catchers, he said. And I think from my observation and everything that they reported back, it went ok. It went real well.

Valentine made the rounds between four fields at the Sox spring training complex, quickly moving from one diamond to the next.

Just getting to know people, he said. Theres something different going on at every field, a different fundamental. So were jotting down strengths and weaknesses, figuring out how we have to continue to work. So I like to see guys. When someone tells me about a guys backhand I want to know what he means. When he tells me theres something on his pickoff I want to know what he means. So if I say something to him, Im reinforcing what theyre saying, he hears it in stereo.

Thats the way Ive always done it. I just like to see it and feel it. A lot of times, I think with the Mets, I know with the Mets, there was a tower at times where you could make a shorter walk around and see a lot of stuff thats going on. In japan there were three fields. There werent six. So it was a little easier walk.

One difference so far this spring is that Josh Becket, Jon Lester, and Clay Buchholz have been split up, working with three different groups. In the past, they have generally worked together.

Its pitching coach Bob McClures design, Valentine said. He made the groups. He felt in the early session that all three of them were exhibiting some leadership qualities. So I wasnt surprised when I saw the groups. I didnt have to approve them or anything. Bob made the groups and put them into the plan.

Valentine said all the pitchers came through the first day of workouts unscathed, except for right-hander Stolmy Pimentel, who developed a lat issue Monday. Pimentel had a difficult season in 2011, going a combined 6-13 with a 6.79 ERA between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. With Portland, he was 0-9 with a 9.12 ERA.

Of Aaron Cook, who Valentine said Monday would be on a slower pace than the other pitchers, Valentine said:

Cook says hes going to listen to the training room a little and be ready to go with everyone else.

Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final


Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while taking a nap this afternoon so I can watch the 1:30 am replay of tonight’s Bruins/Red Wings game on the NHL Network.

*Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara scored the goals at the World Cup’s decisive game on Thursday night, and No. 63 got the clutch game-winner late in the third period for Team Canada. Then he watched as linemate Sidney Crosby won the MVP for the tournament in what could be perceived, from a Boston point of view, as a largely Canadian-based hockey media fawning over Sid the Kid once again. Look, he was the tournament’s leading scorer, but last night’s heroics probably should have tipped the scales toward the B’s agitator getting the World Cup hardware.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm seeking an eight year deal from his team. That could be another contract negotiation to watch closely if you’re a Bruins fan.

*Zach Werenski, one of the D-men the Bruins were trying to trade up to get two years ago in the first round of the draft, is looking like he might be NHL-ready for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

*Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov is holding out with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and just wants to get paid like the rest of his teammates.

*Marian Hossa says he still wants to play hockey when he’s 42 years old, or close to the age that countrymen Zdeno Chara is right now.

*Here are some preseason college hockey storylines with the world of NCAA hockey about to start up in force.

*A judge has ruled that the family of the late Derek Boogaard may pursue a lawsuit against the NHL over the death of their son.

*For something completely different: “Tex Ryan” takes his jokes to open mic night and I’m fairly this is Toucher and Rich skewering the Buffalo Bills head coach. And rightfully so.



Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.


Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

FOXBORO - Scratch the estimable Sammy Watkins from the Bills roster for Sunday. 

Buffalo shared via Twitter that their long, tall wideout is out for Sunday with a foot injury. Also down are wideout Greg Salas and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo.

The Bills' starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has been dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss last week's game. 

Robert Woods will be the Bills best outside threat with Watkins taking Sunday off. The Bills' talented corner Ronald Darby is also trying to get back this week from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss last week's game with Arizona.