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Manny, Coco Clean Up

Manny Ramirez ain't gaht no ruhst!

It's amazing how Manny can just roll out of bed, pick up a bat, and start hitting the ball with ease to all parts of the field.

Manny got the start at designated hitter yesterday for the game against the Orioles (and Kevin Millar). Manny went 2-for-2 with a run, three RBIs, and a sacrifice fly.

Coco Crisp doesn't seem to have an 'off' button. He went 3-for-3 with two runs and a stolen base, his first of the spring.

I wouldn't be surprised if these two guys became best of friends once they get to know each other. They'll be outfield mates, they seem to have a similar mentality, and I think Manny would love to teach Coco the fine art of hitting, although it looks like he already has that down.

Jonathan Papelbon had his second start of spring yesterday and fared well. Paps pitched three innings, giving up four hits, two runs, and striking out two.

OK, now look at this box score from yesterday's game, and tell me if you notice anything:

                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  BOSTON
 J Papelbon                         3   4   2   2   0   2   0
 R Seanez                           1   2   2   2   1   1   1
 D Riske                            1   2   2   1   0   1   0
 C Meredith (W,1-0)                 2   2   0   0   0   1   0
 M Delcarmen                        1   0   0   0   1   0   0
 E Martinez                         1   0   0   0   0   1   0
The young guys (Papelbon, Meredith, Delcarmen, and Martinez) pitch well, while the older guys (Seanez and Riske) continue to pitch like crap this spring training.

Speaking of Meredith, he's been very good so far this spring. I read an Ian Browne article on the official Red Sox site that was centered around Meredith and his mentality coming into the season. He really looks like he's back on track like pre-MLB callup. I'm excited.

In other Sox news, Curt Schilling doesn't want to pitch against AL East teams in spring training, so he pitched in an intersquad game on Tuesday against Matt Clement. Reports are that he looked really good, and he threw almost all strikes. He's adding a changeup to his arsenal and he's going to start throwing fastballs inside. Jeff Natale felt the wrath of that early yesterday:

Schilling beaned Natale, a 23-year-old infielder, with such force that the ball ricocheted off Natale's helmet, over the two-story chain-link backstop and into the bleachers.

Ouch.

Sox play Florida today at 1:05 with David Pauley (OTM Prospect #9) getting the nod to start.