Notes: Cameron looking at time in right field

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Notes: Cameron looking at time in right field

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Cameron, who played center field for the Red Sox last year before going down with a sports hernia, will likely see more action in right field this season, according to Terry Francona.

The arrival of Carl Crawford and the return of a healthy Jacoby Ellsbury has pushed Cameron out of the starting lineup. But he nicely complements the left-hand-hitting J.D. Drew and could see plenty of action in right against lefty starters.

"Cam's played right,'' said Francona. "He's only played a couple of games in left. I don't anticipate him playing left very much. But you'll see him in spring training played a lot of right field.''

Cameron hit .357 -- in limiting playing time -- against lefties while batting only .225 against righties.

Meanwhile, Francona said on the rare days Crawford sits, Ellsbury would remain in center rather switching to left, where he played last season.

"I guess I would want to talk to those guys about that,'' said Francona. "But if Jacoby's playing everyday in center, I'd just as soon leave him there.''

For years, the Red Sox used "shuttle runs'' -- 300-yard sprints back and forth across the field -- as a way to test and measure conditioning of their players.

This year, however, the team has changed course and will use the runs only to further conditioning, not measure it.

"We just felt like with guys coming off injuries and the way guys compete,'' said Terry Francona, "we just decided to (do testing) inside (the clubhouse facility). We just thought we were putting the guys in awkward conditions. Some we didn't want to run it; some we thought were running too hard. So we just decided we'd do as part of conditioning.''

Starting Tuesday, pitchers will begin throwing bullpen sessions, building up arm strength.

Pitchers will throw two bullpen sessions, then, after a day off, will throw two live batting practice sessions before seeing any game action.

Among the players reporting Monday: catcher Jason Varitek, shortstop Jose Iglesias, pitchers Dan Wheeler, Matt Albers and Alfredo Aceves.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Ortiz's winning HR fulfills his promise to young fan

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Ortiz's winning HR fulfills his promise to young fan

David Ortiz's exploits with the Red Sox over the years can easily be described as "Ruthian."

That description became more fitting and Big Papi's legend grew Friday night when Ortiz made like the Babe by promising and delivering a home run to young fan named Maverick. 

Ortiz connected with a two-run shot over the Green Monster in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the Red Sox a 4-2 victory over the rival Yankees. 

Here's the video Ortiz and former Red Sox teammate Kevin Millar, now with the MLB Network, made for Maverick before the game.

And here's Maverick's response, via Millar:

 

Quotes, notes, and stars: "No sign" of Ortiz slowing down

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Quotes, notes, and stars: "No sign" of Ortiz slowing down

Quotes, notes, and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Yankees.

QUOTES:

* "He gathered himself and got a little rhythm as the night went along.'' - John Farrell on Henry Owens.

* "That's a rarity for Betances to leave his breaking ball up like he did. Once David saw it up, he attacked.'' - Farrell on David Ortiz's game-winning homer.

* "There's no sign of him slowing down. Tonight is a prime example of it. Key moment, big hit when we need it. There's a long resume there and it's continuing to build.'' - Farrell on Ortiz's ability to deliver in the clutch.

* "There were some mechanical adjustments that I made. I came out a little erratic, trying to do too much, maybe focusing too much. But as game went on, I kind of got into a rhythm.'' - Owens on his start.

* "I saw him throw a lot of breaking pitches to Mookie. The one they hit stayed up a little longer than usual. He's the kind of pitcher that, if you go up there looking for everything he's got, you're done.'' - Ortiz on his game-winning homer off Dellin Betances.

NOTES:

* Over his career, David Ortiz has hit 29 go-ahead homers from the eighth inning on.

* Ortiz has eight homers in his last 24 games against the Yankees.

* The win was the first this season for the Red Sox in a game in which they were tied or trailing after seven innings.

* The Red Sox have won five of their last six and seven of their last 10.

* The Yankees have been limited to three runs or fewer in their last six games.

* In 21 games, the Yankees have faced 10 lefty starters; in 22 games, the Red Sox have faced two.

* Masahiro Tanaka has issued just one walk in his last three starts.

STARS:

1) David Ortiz

With one swing of the bat, Ortiz untied a 2-2 game in the bottom of the eighth with a game-winning two-run homer.

2) Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley's penchant for delivering a big hit continued as he rapped a two-run double to left in the seventh to erase a 2-0 Yankee lead.

3) Masahiro Tanaka

He shut the Red Sox for six innings before allowing three hits and two runs in the seventh.