Red Sox notes: Kalish not likely to play for rest of year

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Red Sox notes: Kalish not likely to play for rest of year

BOSTON -- Outfielder Ryan Kalish will be used sparingly, if at all, by the Red Sox for the remainder of the season.
Unless an emergency arises, I cant see him playing, said manager Bobby Valentine. He hasnt swung now in a long time. So he might pinch-run. Hes not even throwing very much. Hes here just in case of emergency.Kalish is still recovering from two surgeries last offseason.I think hes going to be fine for spring training, Valentine said. I think hes going to get on a program during wintertime thats going to put his body and his mind in the exact place it needs to be to be the kind of player we need for next year.
Felix Doubront (11-9, 5.08 ERA) will make his 28th start of the season today. Before this year, he had made just 23 major-league appearances, with three starts, over the last two seasons. I certainly hope that this has established him in his mind and the mind of others that hes a bona-fide starting pitcher in the major leagues, Valentine said, who added "I think it was just opportunity and he made the best of it every time he got the ball.I think he came to spring training in good shape," Valentine also said. "I think that was the key. I think that this winter will be a very crucial winter for him to continue his physical stability." Valentine was pleased with Danny Valencias first home run with the Sox on Saturday.He came back from playing for Triple-A Pawtucket with a different swing, Valentine said. PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler and crew down there worked with him pretty rigorously. When he was here last time, he hadnt played very much. He was in limbo or something for a while and his swing wasnt what it should be and it looked much different when he came back in batting practice and it looked much different in a game and I think hes still getting into the routine of feeling good about himself. In one of the more light-hearted moments of the day, Valentine was asked why he sniffs the baseball when he goes to the mound to take a pitcher of a game. His response:I asked myself that once while I was doing it. I like it. I like the smell of it. I t must be the Mississippi mud mixed in with that Taiwanese leather. I dont know why I do it. Its kind of weird. When I smelled it last night I said someones going to ask me why I smell it. Its kind of stupid, isnt it? I dont think it affects the guy coming in. I dont spit on it.The Red Sox will honor Johnny Pesky in a postgame ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. The event is open to fans attending todays game as well as the general public at no charge. Fans are welcome to stay at Fenway until 9 p.m. A presentation on Peskys life will take place after which fans can walk on the field and view exhibits. Current and former players are expected to attend.

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."