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Pitchers’ meetings

Hey, all. It’s back to the minor league complex on a day that’s sunnier than I expected, though still cold (not as cold as yesterday, however). The big news is a couple of new arrivals to spring training, including Curt Schilling, the slimmed down Dustin Pedroia, and Julian Tavarez. Right now they’re all out on one of the far fields doing some testing drills, after having all taken their physicals today.

Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, and Terry Francona all spoke today on the two-step permanent green risers outside the clubhouse that have been used for all big interviews (or at least the big interviews not done in front of the Japanese media in the Funai tent). I will try to update you on the notable things they said in another blog entry.

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Meanwhile, I wanted to let you in on the big new thing the Red Sox are doing here on the first full day in camp. Pitching coach John Farrell suggested, after he joined the organization, that it might be helpful to conduct one-on-one meetings with every pitcher in camp. Francona said he had considered doing so before, but the lack of an office at the minor league complex prevented him in previous years. But they managed to clear out a space and Francona (and Farrell and general manager Theo Epstein) had three-on-one meetings today, prescheduled, with lists of times having been distributed previously to the pitchers. Basically they wanted to make sure that everyone was on the same page in terms of expectations and understanding how the organization works, amid other topics.

With those done, they hit the field for the conditioning.

Just wanted to check in. We’ll try to get you some more information (and fun stuff!) later on in the day.

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