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PawSox Hot Stove Party Attendees

It’s almost time for everyone’s favorite event off the off-season: the 36th Annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove Party. Joining new PawSox hitting coach Dave Joppie at the event for autographs and Q&A will be:

  • Jackie Bradley Jr., OF
  • Dan Butler, C
  • Justin Henry, INF/OF
  • Allen Webster, RHP

The party will take place on Saturday, January 26th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at McCoy Stadium and is completely FREE.

The event will once again be held inside the historic McCoy clubhouse and batting tunnels, and all guests can enter through the entry tower in left field.   No RSVP is necessary.

Fans in attendance will not only have a chance to get autographs and interact with our specials guests, but can also purchase tickets for the 2013 season and enjoy free hot dogs and soda. Hope to see you there!



Dice-K Scratched From Start in Norfolk

Following a dominating performance by Doug Mathis who surrendered just one hit (a triple) over seven innings, the PawSox wrap up this four-game series – and an eight-game roadtrip – in foggy Norfolk this afternoon.

Despite losing four of its last five games, Pawtucket still owns the best record in the International League at 28-18 and has the most road wins of any club with 14. All that said, just 1.5 games separates first and third place in the North (Lehigh -1.0, Buffalo -1.5).

We will likely see a heavy dosage of the PawSox bullpen this afternoon with reliever Tony Pena Jr. making his second spot-start of the season. Daisuke Matsuzaka was today’s scheduled starter but has been temporarily shutdown after receiving an injection for a sore right trapezius muscle, located in the upper back.

Dice-K will resume his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but at this time it’s unclear when he will start pitching again. (Kelly O’Connor)

Dice-K was scheduled to end his rehab assignment tomorrow, but it is unknown when he will start pitching again.  In five minor league starts (three with the PawSox), the righty surrendered 13 earned runs on 25 hits over 25 ⅓ innings, including six homers.

Pena (0-3, 5.95) made his last spot-start on May 3 at Toledo and picked up the loss surrendering three runs on seven hits over three innings. Interestingly, it was not his longest outing of the year. On April 15, Pena tossed 3 ⅓ innings at Buffalo using up a season-high 75 pitches in long relief.

A former starting shortstop of the Royals, Pena played in 134 games for Kansas City between 2008-09 before being converted into a full-time pitcher.

First pitch today from Harbor Park is scheduled for 12:15, we hit the air at 12:00.

Talk with you then.



AUDIO: Interview with’s Gordon Edes

Gordon Edes does an outstanding job covering the Red Sox for The long-time Boston sports reporter was kind enough to let me interview him inside the press box at JetBlue Park Wednesday afternoon. We chatted about his impressions of the Red Sox Spring Training, what he thinks the club will do with Jose Iglesias, and, most importantly, his terrific Spring Training tan.

In addition to joking around with Gordon, I spent the majority of Wednesday around the Red Sox minor league camp. The PawSox had about as exciting of a Spring Training game as you’ll find, edging the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A, Twins) 4-3 thanks to a walk-off home run by left fielder Ronald Bermudez. The 23-year-old, who hit only three homers in 85 games last year, scorched a high-inside pitch deep to left field with one out.  All four Pawtucket runs came via the long ball Wednesday, thanks largely to J.C. Linares’ three-run bomb in the eighth inning.

Justin Germano started for the PawSox and pitched four impressive innings.  Germano, who appeared in nine games last season with the Indians, showcased a nasty curveball and struck out five batters – three looking.  Germano appears to be one of those guys on the bubble right now.  He has big league experience and is doing everything he can to hold a spot in the Red Sox bullpen come Opening Day.

Former Pawtucket catcher and recent off-season Red Sox signing Kelly Shoppach played in the Triple-A game Wednesday.  He hit second in each of the first four innings and finished 0-for-4. (Funky stuff like this happens sometimes in minor league Spring Training games.)

All three of the Red Wings’ runs were scored off right-hander John Maine who allowed a two-run double and later a wild pitch that allowed the runner at third base to score.  Maine is looking to regain some of his form from 2007 when he went 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA as a member of the New York Mets.

Tony Pena, Jr. tossed the final three innings and looked sharp, striking out four and allowing just one hit.

I’ll be back at the minor league complex early Thursday morning to watch batting practice and grab a few more interviews. Later in the afternoon I’ll be putting together our PawSox Insider radio show which will air Saturday, and then at night I’ll be in attendance for the Red Sox vs. Yankees game from JetBlue Park.  Be sure to check back for more content throughout the day.