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Seven Games, No TV Broadcast

Including todays 1:05PM start against the Phillies, the Red Sox will have played seven Spring Training games without a single one being broadcast on TV. This makes about zero sense to me.

With all the hype of the new faces coming to Boston this season, I want to be able to see their first at-bats in a Sox uniform without having to book a trip to Fort Meyer’s, Florida. Come on NESN. This is Red Sox Nation, people will skip work to watch the first Spring Training game on TV but instead I have to wait until the eighth game of Spring Training to see any live baseball.

I just saw a tweet from Ian Browne saying the only prominent players traveling to play the Yankees tomorrow will be Clay Buchholz, Jason Varitek, Jed Lowrie and Jose Iglesias. So the first game we are going to watch we don’t get to see Pedroia, Youkilis, Big Papi, Crawford, Ellsbury or ANYONE else good. That makes sense. Get on top of your game NESN. This is Red Sox Nation, WE WANT BASEBALL!

Would you watch these games if NESN broadcast them on TV? Share your thoughts in the comment section or vote in the poll…

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Good News for Gonzo

Adrian Gonzalez took 20 swings off a tee yesterday and said he feels good.

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“It felt good,” he said of his brief tee session. “The shoulder is healthy, so it’s just like normal. The only thing I had a concern with was the first couple of swings to see how it would respond. Once the first two swings felt great, I felt like taking 18 more swings.”

Coming off shoulder surgery in the winter, it was unknown when Gonzalez would be able to swing a bat. Manager Terry Francona said the plan is to have Gonzo take 20 swings off the tee for three days, give him a day off and then re-evaluate the situation.

The fact that Gonzo is swinging is great news for the Red Sox. This guy has the potential to be an absolute monster playing in Fenway Park. With the short wall in left field, he has the potential to hit many more home runs then he would have in the pitcher friendly Pet Co Park in San Diego.

I am projecting Gonzalez to hit 39 home runs this season if he can stay healthy.

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Spring is Here!

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At least for baseball it is.

Yesterday was the official report day for pitchers and catchers and manager Terry Francona updated us on some pressing issues.

On Jacoby Ellsbury’s Health

“He’s healthy now. He says he’s doing everything without being limited, which is good because that had been a while. It’ll be fun to watch Ells. A year ago this time we’re talking about him playing left field, being our leadoff hitter and being a game-changer. Now we have the game-changer in left field (in Carl Crawford) and can move Ells back over to center and hopefully allow him to continue his development.”

On a Potential Closer Controversy

“I don’t think this is as much of an issue for Paps as maybe it was for people talking about Paps. He knows where I stand on this. I don’t think it’s much of an issue.”

On the Catching Situation

“We have Tek and Salty and I think we’re pretty comfortable with that, maybe more than people realize. Salty’s had a tremendous winter. This guy’s potentially a power-hitting, switch-hitting catcher. If that doesn’t come to fruition right away, that’s not the end of the world. We love the way he wants to run the game and he aspires to the run the game. And Tek’s in a good spot. He feels good about where he is and that makes us feel better.”

Positional players are due to report Friday with the first full workout coming Saturday.

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Red Sox News and Notes

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Sox Sign Aceves

After watching pitcher Alfredo Aceves workout on Monday, the Red Sox signed him to a Major League contract. The former Yankee reliever is expected to be stretched out into a starter in the Spring. His role will be decided after completion.

Many Report to the Fort Early

The Boston Globe reported the Sox had nearly 50 people on the field in Fort Meyer’s yesterday for an informal work out, 5 days before pitchers and catchers are set to report. Players included Ryan Kalish, Jon Lester, Jonathan Papelbon and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Gonzalez Expected to Report Today

The Sox new slugger is expected to report to Fort Meyer’s today to begin workouts. Gonzalez is coming off shoulder surgery and has yet to be able to swing a bat but hopes to get back in the swing of things by March 1.

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