Spring Training Game Thread: Red Sox at Twins

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    Lou Piniella to throw out ceremonial first pitch at Yankees Opening Day

     
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    Best evidence of MLB financial health: Players like Posey, Verlander, King Felix don't need to go to free agency to hit jackpot.



    Giants sign Buster Posey to 8-year contract -- covers 3 remaining years of arbitration and 5 free agency years.

     
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    Best evidence of MLB financial health: Players like Posey, Verlander, King Felix don't need to go to free agency to hit jackpot.

    Buster Posey, who earns $ 8 million this year, will get $159 million in his 8-year extension



    Giants sign Buster Posey to 8-year contract -- covers 3 remaining years of arbitration and 5 free agency years.

     




     
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    Final, Twins 8-3

     
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    Too bad the rest of us don't want to comment on this thread.  In fact, I think a thread on an ST game is a good idea, but of course is hurt by the fact that none of us can watch the darn game.   That said, some thoughts--

    Amazing what a difference pitchers can make.  Last night our guys scored early and later, and today the starters, all of whom are on the 25 man roster, were striking out and hitless through like 4 innings--mostly the same guys who will start against the Yankees on Monday.  Meanwhile Dempster replaces Buchholz as the starter and smoothly gives up 3 runs in 4 innings against a team that reputedly doesn't score many runs. 

    I love the idea of all that speed in the outfield--Bradley, Ellsbury, and Victorino--but also believe hard hit balls are still difficult to get to and soft ones can be the same way.  Same goes for grounders in the infield.  As good as Middlebrooks, Iglesias, and Pedroia can be, plenty of grounders are going to get thru.  Long, long after Lou Bourdreau invented the "Williams shift," old Teddy Ballgame still hit .388 when he was 38 years old (or thereabouts).  He still pulled the ball, but hit it hard enough to find a hole now and then. 

    So I like the look of the defense, but seriously doubt it will win many games.  The key to good defense is great pitching.  Plus, to win you do have to score a run or two. 

     
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    Best evidence of MLB financial health: Players like Posey, Verlander, King Felix don't need to go to free agency to hit jackpot.



    Justin Verlander has clearly earned Tigers contract extension during regular season and NOT World Series where he's 0-3, 7.20 ERA.

     
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