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David Ross learning Red Sox pitchers

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  February 26, 2013 08:56 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Clouds moving in this morning, but it appears baseball will be played here with the Cardinals taking the 2:45 trip from Jupiter.

Here are a few tidbits from the morning:

Catcher David Ross is trying to learn his pitching staff. He had an interesting and challenging one Monday when he caught Alfredo Aceves, who not only has a lot of movement on his pitches, but sometimes doesn't throw what the catcher puts down for signals.

You can tell by watching him that Ross is very polished catcher. Very smooth behind the plate, but even he found himself darting left and right with Aceves. After just three pitches he was out to the mound.

"You try to feel comfortable as fast as you can," Ross said, "but there's always things that come up that you're learning. And you're always trying to figure out how to get the best out of your pitchers. I don't think it ever ends. It's about me trying to figure out what works best for them. The comfort level just comes. I was more comfortable today with (Daniel) Bard, but I'm sure it will take four or five times. It's different with every person."

Meanwhile, Christian Vazquez keep impressing everyone behind the plate.

Vazquez, who is from Puerto Rico, says people often tell him he's a Carlos Ruiz clone. And you can see why. he's built like him, an excellent defensive catcher whose offense is emerging.

He grew up idolizing Pudge Roridguez and the Molinas.

"I work out with Jose and Yadier in the offseason," Vazquez said. "Yadier is the best. He's the best catcher, thrower and he can hit. He's someone you can watch all day long and learn from. The way he does everything is so smooth. He's the best catcher in baseball in my opinion."

Vazquez should be a Double-A only because Ryan Lavarnway and Dan Butler will be at Triple-A. He's not far from the majors.

"I work hard every day to one day get up there," he said. "I can see it, but I have to get there. I'm the one who has to make that happen by proving I can do it."

Lavarnway was hitting third in today's lineup. He's obviously considered a power threat at the plate. His defense is coming and the Red Sox think he's capable of handling a pitching staff and calling a good game given his aptitude as a Yale student.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia remains the starter. His power is undeniable. This morning, Saltalamacchia was constructing his new catcher's mitt. Interesting where the inside is his old glove and the outside is new. Saltalamacchia has strings going in every direction.

"I'm learning a lot about glove construction," Salty said.

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