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Equipment check

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 23, 2007 08:51 AM

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It should be a fairly early day here at the minor league complex, with many members of the Red Sox scheduled to arrive at the Forest Golf Club at 12:30 p.m. for this afternoon’s shotgun stat in the Children’s Hospital golf tournament. The clubhouse opened a half-hour earlier than normal – at 7:30 – this morning, as will workouts, kicking off at 9.

A few players, including Eric Hinske, Joe McEwing, and David Ortiz were outside a short time ago in the batting cages hacking away, Ortiz’s new dog, Mikey, keeping an eye on things. Ortiz is now right outside the media trailer conducting a radio interview.

Jack Kasarjian, president of X-Bats, was on hand in the clubhouse, handing out samples and filling orders for the season. Kasarjian said he has 45 different bats, the most popular, model No. 24, an all-maple, 34-inch, 32-oz. piece of lumber. Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are among the X-Bat users on the team. Ortiz picked up a sampling of bats in the clubhouse, while…well, Ramirez didn’t.

Parked outside is a Mizuno van, complete with mini-showroom to provide its clients, like newly-signed Julio Lugo, the latest in batting gloves, mitts, and cleats. Despite being a Japanese company, representative Mike Puccini points out, Nike-sponsored Daisuke Matsuzaka isn’t a Mizuno client.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had his likeness taken by the Players Trust for the next batch of baseball video games, one of the newer players the players association didn’t have an image for. Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima were also scheduled to sit for the three-minute digital process.

The Sox have picture day tomorrow, uniform measurements on Tuesday.

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