Notes: Ortiz swipes a look at potential batting order

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Notes: Ortiz swipes a look at potential batting order

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz swiped a base Wednesday in the Red Sox' 6-1 exhibition loss to the Braves and, in the process, may have given tea leave-readers a hint about the Sox' batting order, currently being held secret by the team.

With first baseman Freddie Freeman not holding Ortiz on at first in the fourth inning, Ortiz took off for second and got there successfully.

Ortiz was told to run, because, according to Terry Francona, "if J.D.'s behind him, having that hole between first and second over there is something that J.D. really uses. We just want them to respect that hole a little bit."

It's been widely assumed Ortiz will bat sixth in the Boston batting order with Drew hitting seventh, and Francona's statement did nothing to discourage that.

Ortiz went 3-for-3 and is now hitting .625 this spring.

Brent Dlugach underwent an MRI on his dislocated left shoulder Wednesday morning and should have the results by Thursday morning.

"This is the first time I've done this," said Dlugach, who suffered the injury charging a popped-up bunt attempt Tuesday afternoon against Minnesota. "Obviously, hoping for good things. It didn't feel good, but once it got popped back into place, it felt a lot better."

Dlugach was in camp as a non-roster invitee, hoping to catch on as a utility infielder.

"Obviously, it frustrating," said Dlugach. "But it's one of those things. Stuff happens. It's not as much what happens as how you deal with it. I'm trying to go about it with a positive attitude. I'm hoping for good things and positive results."

Four years ago, Dlugach had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and hopes "to use that experience to my advantage."

Dlugach has already begun some limited range-of-motion exercises and is icing the shoulder.

Lefty Hideki Okajima, who was rocked for four runs on five hits Sunday night against the Minnesota Twins, rebounded with an efficient 1-2-3 innings with two strikeouts. "Anytime you see Okie get swings and misses on his fastball," said Francona, "that pretty much tells you he's locating it." . . . The Sox aren't sending a lot of regulars to Tampa for their meeting with the Yankees on Friday night. Clay Buccholz will start, but the position players will include Daniel Nava, Darnell McDonald, Jed Lowrie, Ryan Kalish and Jason Varitek . . . Alex Wilson had a rough relief outing, walking four and allowing three runs, two of them earned. Wilson, a second-round pick from Texas A&M in 2009, is regarded as a possible future closer.

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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."