Sox enter Yankees series with 'good mental break'


Sox enter Yankees series with 'good mental break'

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

BOSTON --Monday night marked the fifth-annual Beckett Bowl at LuckyStrikes Lanes in Boston, which raises money for Childrens Hospital Boston, thenations top pediatric hospital.

The star-studded event came on the second of back-to-backdays off for the Red Sox, thanks to Hurricane Irene and the teams regularlyscheduled off-day on Monday.

Everybodys focus on Monday night was strictly turned towardsraising money for children in need.

But with the New York Yankees in town, some baseballquestions were asked, particularly about the Red Sox extended time off beforethe three-game set.

Its huge, said Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Our travelschedules been brutal the past couple of weeks. Weve played 17 out of thelast 19 on the road. So its nice to be home. Its nice to have a day off.Yesterday, we didnt really get to do a whole lot. We were stuck inside for themost part. But its a good mental break for us, and hopefully it will help usthis week.

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Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.