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Francona on Wakefield and Lester


Hammond Stadium is nine miles from City of Palms Park. So the Sox don’t shower here, they get on the bus like a high school team and go home.

But Terry Francona stopped to give a few thoughts:

On Tim Wakefield: “He’s looked good every time he’s thrown the ball. … He’s done a good job. He started his winter late and we didn’t want to rush him. We just want him to prepare at the pace that’s appropriate.”

On Jon Lester: “He never got his legs under him. He was pitching out of the stretch so much. He just didn’t get into the flow of the game. He was struggling right from the get-go. You could see his body language, it was a fight. There was no easing into spring training.”


The Sox and Twins play so often in spring training that the Mayor’s Cup goes to the winner of the series. It could not be more inconsequential (except to the local media) and the managers like to have fun with it.

Francona cracked a few jokes last night after the Sox beat the Twins and today it was Ron Gardenhire’s turn. As Francona was talking to reporters, Gardenhire walked over.

“Hey Tito!” he yelled. “It’s 1-1, baby!”

“That really hurt,” Francona said. “Really hurt, showing me up like that in front of the media.”

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