Notes: Bedard feels fine; Ellsbury homers again

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Notes: Bedard feels fine; Ellsbury homers again

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

BOSTON -- After two no-decisions in his first two outings with the RedSox, Erik Bedard suffered his first loss with the team on Tuesday night, in thesecond of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park.

Bedard allowed three runs (only one earned) on seven hitsand zero walks, while striking out six batters in six innings.

In each of his three starts with the Red Sox, hes increasedhis pitch count from 70, to 90, to now 102. He threw 72 of those 102 forstrikes on Tuesday night, and even though he picked up the loss, Bedard and hismanager were happy with the outing.

I feel good, said Bedard after the game. My pitch countis back up to normal. Just going out there and trying to keep the team in theballgame.

He was pretty good, said Terry Francona.Again, spinning that breaking ball really well. We didnt help him a lot attimes. The couple runs, its not always just errors, its maybe extraopportunities and things like that.

I think hes continuing that progression of gettingstronger, getting that pitch count up, and he just fires strikes with all hispitches.

Just like the first game of the day, the Red Sox finishedthe second game with only three hits. Only this time, a Jacoby Ellsbury homerun wasnt enough to pull out a win.

Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie, and Jason Varitek had the only threehits in the night-cap, with Ellsbury and Varitek each hitting solo home runs.

In the process, Ellsbury became the first Red Sox player tohit a home run in both ends of a doubleheader since Trot Nixon did it inPittsburgh in 2003. Mo Vaughn was the last Red Sox player to do it at Fenway, in 1997.

Kevin Youkilis sat out the second game with what Francona called a little soreness in hisback. Francona also said that he hopes for Youkilis to play on Wednesday.

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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."

Hanley Ramirez's shoulder already a concern for Red Sox heading into WBC

Hanley Ramirez's shoulder already a concern for Red Sox heading into WBC

Another year, another injury concern for Hanley Ramirez. This time, though, it's a bit more complicated.

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell told the media Monday that Ramirez hadn't played any first base during spring training yet due to discomfort in his right throwing shoulder.

“Well, we’re working through ramping up his throwing program,” Farrell said, via WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. “That has taken a little bit more time than anticipated coming in so we’ve got to kind of take that day to day how much we can increase the intensity with the throwing. He’s just working through some soreness with the throwing.”

As Bradford points out, Ramirez and the Red Sox went through the same process last year. Where it differs this time around is Ramirez's scheduled participation in the World Baseball Classic: He's expected to report to Team Domincan Republic on Friday, which means the Red Sox won't be monitoring his every move on the field (though the two training staffs will be communicating daily, also per Bradford).

Ramirez isn't the only first baseman on the roster, with the Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana there as well. So will Ramirez be jumping into game action anytime soon?

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. They haven’t told me anything,” Ramirez told WEEI.com “I’m just going to go there and see.”