Still taking any excuse I can get to use this picture. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
It's been a while, folks, but at least for today, Morning Sox Stuffers is making its return to the front page of Over The Monster as Mr. Kory heads southeast for spring training.
I'm out of practice with this, so apologies in advance if I get off-topic or have some sub-par offerings for you today.
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"I can tell you this, the one kid is a little different ... a liiiittle different," Valentine said in a drawn out way.
Brentz made his first spring training appearance yesterday, lacing a pitch from Joel Carreno back up the middle for a single in the seventh inning. Normally not a big deal, and even in this case not a huge one, but Joel Carreno is a 25-year-old who was getting outs in Double-A last year before throwing 15 pretty great innings for the Blue Jays. You may remember him from two of our blowouts against Toronto, in which he allowed a run on a Marco Scutaro double (when Scoot was the only player performing at all), and on the other hand struck out David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis.
Of course, it's a sample size of one, but it's just a nice, small-scale representation of how far Brentz has come from getting beat up on a daily basis in Lowell. If Valentine ends up being right that there's something just "a little different" about Brentz, then it won't have come without warning.
Everyone can exhale now after our first Bailey health scare. That was fast.
Being able to chat with a veteran like Aviles makes that transition easier.
"I talk to him a lot, hang out with him a lot," Middlebrooks said. "Just kind of pick his brain and say ‘What do I do? What do I not do? What do I do to stay off people's bad lists?' He's helped me out a lot."
Just don't ask for fielding tips, Will.
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