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

"That�s a bad idea � whoever did that hasn�t been between the lines. For me it�s not that big of a deal because I�m not that worried about throwing strike. But I could foresee a situation for somebody that�s struggling to throw strikes. You're pretty much beating the guy over the head. He realized it was a ball. He doesn�t 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 player�s WAR [wins above replacement]? Well, how about a team WAR? I�ve 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 hadn�t been in the playoffs for many years.... When you�re building a team, I�m last on the list because, when the lights go out, you don�t 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 I�m getting old for spring training. My body is used to not [having] spring training. I�m fighting through it right now to get used to it.� -- 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:

Rodriguez looks like the steal deal > Despite effort by Rodriguez, Red So fall > Tazawa has come a long way, on and off field

Boston Herald:

Lauber: Eduardo Rodriguez showing Red Sox he's special > PawSox start looms large for Masterson


Rodriguez gem wasted > Chili Davis doesn't want to turn Red Sox into free-swingers > Red Sox draft catcher in third round

NY Post:

How Mariano Rivera has influenced Yankees' top pick > Why starting rotation could be a big Yankees' strength

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