Notes: Cameron looking at time in right field


Notes: Cameron looking at time in right field

By SeanMcAdam

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.

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NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4, head home with 3-2 series lead


NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4, head home with 3-2 series lead

LOS ANGELES - Jon Lester pitched seven sharp innings, Addison Russell hit a tiebreaking homer and the Chicago Cubs moved one win from their first World Series trip in 71 years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Thursday.

The Cubs grabbed a 3-2 lead in the NL Championship Series and will have two chances to wrap up that elusive pennant back home at Wrigley Field.

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