Blue Jays may sign one of Sox' coaches by Friday


Blue Jays may sign one of Sox' coaches by Friday

By Sean McAdam

The Toronto Blue Jays could decide on a new manager as soon as Friday, and multiple baseball sources expect the chocie to come down to one of two Red Sox coaches -- John Farrell or DeMarlo Hale.

The pair help make up the short list of finalists which includes Cleveland first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and current Toronto coach Brian Butterfield. Butterfield's inclusion among the finalists was first reported by

Farrell and Hale each interviewed three times with Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos.

Farrell has been the Red Sox pitching coach since 2007 and had previously turned down offers to interview for managerial openings in Seattle and Pittsburgh.

Hale, who managed in the minors for both the Red Sox and Texas Rangers, has held multiple positions on Terry Francona's coaching staff since rejoining the Red Sox organization in 2006. This past season, Hale was the team's bench coach, replacing Brad Mills who was hired as manager of the Houston Astros.

The Red Sox are eager for a decision to be made, since the loss of either Hale or Farrell will require some reshuffling of their own staff.

If Hale is the choice, the Sox will likely move Tim Bogar -- who also interviewed with Toronto before being eliminated from consideration -- to bench coach and find a repalcement for him at third. Pawtucket manager Torey Lovullo would be one possible candidate there. Ken Macha, another former Pawtucket manager who was recently let go as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, could be a candidate for the staff if he's not hired to manage the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Should Farrell get the Blue Jays job, the Sox' options are less clear, but it's logical to assume that they would go outside the organization to find his replacement.

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Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."