Sunday lineups: Jonny Gomes leads off vs. Orioles as Mike Yastrzemski visits grandfather Carl

Mike Petraglia
March 02, 2014 - 4:26 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It will be a family reunion of sorts as Baltimore Orioles minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski visits JetBlue Park to take on the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. Carl Yastrzemski, Mike's grandfather and Red Sox hall of famer, arrived at the Red Sox minor league clubhouse around 8 a.m. and is expected to take in the game and watch his grandson play. "I think anytime those bloodlines are so recognizable, I'm sure for many it brings back visions of the older and I think anytime we can see generations play out on the field, it's one of the unique things that sports offers," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday morning before the game. The grandson, who starred at Vanderbilt University, has been drafted not once, not twice but three times by major league teams. The Red Sox selected him in the 36th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from St. John's Prep (Danvers, MA). Then, the Seattle Mariners chose him in the 30th round of the 2012 MLB draft before signing with the Baltimore Orioles, who selected him in the 14th round of the 2013 MLB amateur draft. Lefty Felix Doubront makes his first start for the Red Sox and Jonny Gomes gets his second start as a leadoff hitter in Sunday's game. The Red Sox will be looking for their first win of the Grapefruit League season after losing two straight to the Twins, Friday and Saturday. Here are the lineups for the Red Sox on Sunday: Jonny Gomes LF Dustin Pedroia 2B David Ortiz DH Mike Napoli 1B Xander Bogaerts SS Will Middlebrooks 3B David Ross C Jackie Bradley Jr. CF Bryce Brentz RF Cleaning out the notebook from Saturday, here are some highlights from the often entertaining A.J. Pierzynski:

  • On catching Drake Britton's four strikeout, one-hit outing over two innings of relief: "He was great. Obviously, the results speak for themselves. He hung the one slider 0-2 to Escobar for the double. But other than that, he struck out the side in the first inning. It was good. It was good for him to give up the hit and have to bounce back and then get the next guy in kind of a situation where we couldn't give up a run. He threw the ball great. He threw it inside, outside, threw sliders, threw changeup. He pretty much had it all going. That was an impressive showing."
  • On the struggles of starter Allen Webster: "First inning, he was just up. It's hard a guy's first time out there, starting. The second inning, he started to throw more two-seamers and getting ground balls. Dozier hit a good pitch to get him out [of the game]. I was really hoping we'd get through that inning clean to give him some confidence. But then the kid [Chris Hernandez] came in and got Mauer. I hope Webby takes that second inning and builds off that because that's the Webby I've heard about and that's the Webby people have been talking about a long time. "I just think he has to grow off the second inning he had. The first inning he was just throwing some four-seamers that were up. Those were the pitches that were getting hit. He made mistakes mistakes with four-seamers up. When he threw the ball down and threw sinkers, they didn't really do a whole lot with them.
  • On the challenges of catching pitchers for the first time: "Pretty much every guy that came in was the first time I caught them. It is [a learning process]. You can catch guys in the bullpen. You can do all the things with side work and pitcher's BP, but until you can get there with live hitters and live action and see what they can do in situations, you don't really don't learn that much about them other than the pitches they throw."
  • On Grady Sizemore: "From what I've seen. He's done everything. He looks like he's moving around well, looks like he's running well, looks like he's swinging the bat. He looks like normal Grady Sizemore. I don't know any different. He says he's fine. I've asked him a couple of times and he says he's great. I don't know any different."
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