Frustration gets to Lester


Frustration gets to Lester

BOSTON For most of his career, Jon Lester has worked his spell on the Orioles. He entered Fridays game with a career record of 14-0 in 18 starts with a 2.36 ERA.

Although he has held the Orioles to three or fewer runs in his last eight starts, he was not able to improve upon his career record in this start.

Lester lasted just six innings in what turned out to be a 13-inning, 6-4, loss. He gave up three runs on five hits and two strikeouts. He surrendered a lead-off home run to Mark Reynolds in the third inning. It was Reynolds' first home run in 76 at-bats, dating back to Sept. 24, 2011.

Lester left after the sixth with a one-run lead, but the bullpen combined to go seven innings, giving up three runs for the loss.

But Lester was also handed a two-run lead in the third, that he gave back in the next inning.

Jon was battling the umpire Jim Reynolds early in the game, said manager Bobby Valentine. The offense gave him a couple of little leads and he gave them back. Fifth and sixth inning he kind of just pitched his way through it. But it was good enough to win. He left with the lead.

Lester acknowledged some frustration with Reynolds calls may have affected him.

Except for the home run in the third, I felt like the early innings were really good, Lester said. Fourth got away from me a little bit but like Ive said before I think everything I throw is a strike. Thats just my mentality. But going back and looking at it, they were balls. Jim did a good job and I just have to do a better job of controlling what Im trying to do out there and my emotions.

Lester -- who threw 122 pitches in his last outing, threw just 99 in this one, and felt like he could have continued said his frustration did not cause him to lose focus.

My focus is always there, he said. Im not thinking about other things when Im up there pitching. It bothers me until I get back on the rubber and get ready to throw my next pitch. After that its washed away and Ive moved on. I just have to do a better job in between of not letting it come to a head and boil over into my emotions, that area shown towards him, and towards the other team. Stuff like that sometimes can get them going just by showing a little bit of frustration or whatever it is.

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."