Notes: Crawford shows off his speed

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Notes: Crawford shows off his speed

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. The Red Sox got their first glimpse of Carl Crawford's speed Monday when he and Kevin Youkilis engineered a double steal in the first inning.

Well . . . hopefully, Crawford stealing bases will happen a lot, said manager Terry Francona.

It was a good day for Oscar Tejeda, who is hitting .500 (8-for-16) with two triples and six RBI this spring. He got the only hit off Jon Lester in the simulated game and went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, including the winning run, on Yamaico Navarros two-out ninth-inning single, to beat the Orioles.

The Red Sox have split-squad games Tuesday. They travel to Jupiter to play the Cardinals, with the Astros coming to City of Palms Park. Josh Beckett, Jonathan Papelbon, Daniel Bard, Dennys Reyes, Matt Fox and Matt Albers are scheduled to pitch the home game. Stolmy Pimentel Brandon Duckworth, Jason Rice, Clevelan Santeliz, and Tony Pena are scheduled to pitch against the Cardinals. Regulars among the position players traveling to Jupiter are David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, and Darnell McDonald.

Before Mondays game, Red Sox players met with representatives of the Major League Baseball Players Association, including executive director Michael Weiner and former Sox first baseman Tony Clark, for about 90 minutes. The expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement, which is set for Dec. 11, is a large portion of Weiners presentation to the players Most of my talk is about how bargaining works and what role players will have, how they stay informed, how they have input, Weiner said. We do some updates on union matters, but its mostly just explaining to them how bargaining works. This is a big year.

Revenue sharing is one of the major topics in the negotiation sessions with the owners, which are ahead of schedule, Weiner said.

We spent as much time on bargaining revenue sharing in the last four rounds or last here rounds of bargaining as any issue, he said. From our perspective, its crucial because the industry of baseball is driven by local revenue unlike some of the other sports.

Theres not a particular issue that stands out . . . Theres a broad range of issues . . . I dont think theres a particular issue that will stand out over the others.

Other topics that could be part of the negotiations include the drug testing program, a potential world-wide draft, rules changes regarding the disabled list, and expanded playoffs.

Lester and Clay Buchholz have new charity wines, CabernAce and ChardonClay, respectively, from Longball Cellars. All money raised will benefit a charity. For Lesters vintage, proceeds will to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Buchholzs will go to the Jimmy Fund. For more information, visit charitywines.com.

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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."