Will Power
Will Middlebrooks had a solo home run against the Orioles, but his handy work with the glove displayed his rebuilt confidence.

Middlebrooks Robinson Goes Deep, Gets Settled In

Splitsville: Boston 6, Baltimore 5 | Miami Minor Leaguers 5 Boston's A-Team 4
Glove Story: Middlebrooks Defensive Gem a Highlight in Sarasota
Webster Gets a Bit More Tangled This Time: 3 Walks, 2 Hits in 3-1/3
Lackey Looked a Little Rusty First Time Out, Tagged for 4 Hits, 3 Runs
Balls and Strikes? He Doesn't Want to Hear It: A Little Smack Talk from Lack
Wilbur: Chuck Steinberg's Public Address Experiment Just An Awful Idea
Money Train Rolls On: Red Sox to Open Hot Dog Stand on Lansdowne Street
The Grady Hunch: Sizemore Plays Back-to-Back Games for First Time Since 2011
Brother's Drive Inspires Bryce Brentz

"I'm not trying to hit home runs. I realized I didn't have to try to hit home runs to hit home runs. I'm able to stay in the middle of the field more, and even in my first two at-bats when I got out, I feel like I laid off some pitches I would have normally swung at. I was happy with that." -- Will Middlebrooks starting to lay off bad pitches

"Thatís a bad idea ó whoever did that hasnít been between the lines. For me itís not that big of a deal because Iím not that worried about throwing strike. But I could foresee a situation for somebody thatís struggling to throw strikes. You're pretty much beating the guy over the head. He realized it was a ball. He doesnít want to hear it again." -- John Lackey takes out ball and strike calls over the speakers with one swing

Gomes is a guy you want to go to WAR with: "They talk about a playerís WAR [wins above replacement]? Well, how about a team WAR? Iíve turned a team around 20 games four different times. Worst to first. I was on a Tampa team that was historically bad in 2007 and then went to the World Series in 2008. The Reds hadnít been in the playoffs for many years.... When youíre building a team, Iím last on the list because, when the lights go out, you donít see the player grind out at-bats or run hard to first base every time. Or see the player respect the game and his teammates . . . or see the way the player approaches the game, the work ethic." -- Jonny Gomes is not shy


Big Time

David Ortiz

Ortiz Gets Into the Spring Swing of Things

"I think Iím getting old for spring training. My body is used to not [having] spring training. Iím fighting through it right now to get used to it.Ē -- The old man goes deep against Rays


Up, Up and Away

Mike Napoli

Napoli Shot Off Erik Bedard Flies Out of JetBlue

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Red Sox end losing streak > Shaughnessy: Debunking myths about the 2014 Red Sox > Cherington: Everyone needs to get better

Boston Herald:

Ortiz, Red Sox bats break out to end losing streak > Buchholz still bewildered > Memory loss haunting Red Sox

ProJo:

Lester was once a good hitter, now heading toward dubious record > Travis Shaw brings hot bat to Pawtucket > Ranaudo shines > Betts not a candidate for Boston, yet

NY Post:

St. Louis lets Ozzie Smith bid Jeter goodbye > Yanks prevail in extras again > Nonsense leads off in MLB broadcasts > Beltran elbow on mend

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