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Bird is the word

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 20, 2007 03:25 PM

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Some tidbits from camp today:

  • NESN’s Tina Cervasio is set to try Jonathan Papelbon’s recipe for duck that the Red Sox pitcher revealed last week upon his arrival in camp, but she seems off to a rough start.

    Cervasio told Papelbon this morning that she had purchased a duck, but that it had come frozen and was unsure if that was proper. Not according to Papelbon.

    “Where did you get it?” he asked.

    Cervasio told him she had purchased it at Publix, a supermarket in the area.

    “Publix?” he asked with a disgruntled face.

    Papelbon said he was going to call Publix directly this afternoon in order to assure that the store had the proper bird for Cervasio’s dinner plans.

  • Old friend Rich Garces has inked a deal with the Nashua Pride.

    “Signing Rich to pitch this season is really fun for the fans in Nashua,” said Pride manager and former Sox skipper Butch Hobson. “He has pitched great in Venezuela this winter and we will look for him to be a leader both in the bullpen and in the community.”

    The robust pitcher most recently played for the Águilas del Zulia in the Venezuelan Professional Winter Baseball League (2006-07) and finished 3-1 with 23 strikeouts, a 2.31 ERA, 11 saves and 23.1 innings pitched in 24 games. He last pitched for the Red Sox in 2002, but attempted a comeback with the team during the 2005 season, pitching in the Gulf Coast League.

    “I am excited to move back to New England and can’t wait to pitch for Butch and help Nashua win a championship,” Garces said.

  • Red Sox photographer Brita Meng Outzen finally arrived at camp today, after a grueling journey that started Wednesday.

    Brita was one of the hundreds stranded at Logan during last week’s storm. After JetBlue cancelled her Wednesday flight, following a seven-hour delay, she was told the earliest the airline could get her down to Florida was yesterday. And so, after taking a cab back to her home in Sudbury, she and her 3 ½-year-old daughter were forced to walk up the hill to their home when the cab couldn’t make it up the icy slope. Bad day, no?

    Six days later she finally arrived at the minor league complex.

    Plenty of folks have similar stories about the recent air travel nightmares. JetBlue isn’t exactly getting much good word of mouth at spring training.

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