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Wrapping up the day from Fort Myers

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 21, 2010 02:40 PM

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Today felt like spring training. It's 75 degrees in the Fort.

You've read and heard what Josh Beckett had to say. Here are a few more notes:

Dustin Pedroia on the supposedly lax offense: "We have great pitching, we have great defense and we have good offensive players. I dont even know what run prevention is. Im a baseball player. I dont know how to read very good; I dont know how to write very good. We just go play, man. Thats it. Well be fine.

"Everyone is going to have good at-bats and put them together in a row to score a lot of runs. Well do that. Well be better than a lot of people think. The only thing I care about is if we score more runs than them. They need to put a statistic on that. Its called wins and losses. Thats the only thing I think anybody around here cares about.

Terry Francona on Johnny Damon: I wish he went to the National League. Good sign for Detroit. (Manager Jim) Leyland will love him immediately. But Im not sad hes not in our division.

You can talk all you want about his decreasing defensive skills but when he comes up to bat its not a good feeling. Hes shooting balls all over the ballpark, over the third base dugout and bouncing one in your dugout then he looks over and he waves at you and then he hits a ball in the gap and gets a double. Not sad to see him move on.

Pedroia on Jose Iglesias: "Hes awesome. I watched him take groundballs the other idea and hes incredible. I had heard about him and read about him and hes what everybody said. His hands are really good. Hell get stronger, too. Hes only 20. He has a strong arm, too. Hes going to be a player. Those are some of the best hands I have ever seen.

Finally, a few housekeeping items for those of you keeping tabs on such things;

* RHP Robert Manuel cleared waivers and was invited to camp as a non-roster player. The Sox had DFA'd Manuel when they picked up Gaby Hernandez on waivers.

* RHP Jorge Sosa (visa issues) remains a no show.

* You may or may not have seen RHP Edwin Moreno on a list of non-roster invitees. Turns out he was not invited.

* Daisuke Matsuzaka (sore back) will play catch tomorrow. Francona forgot what day it was when he told us yesterday.

Tomorrow is report day for those position players not yet here. They take physicals on Tuesday and the first full-squad workout is Wednesday.

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