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Blogging with Coffee

Here are some thoughts as I drink coffee watching game number one:
Dice-K is obviously all over the place. It doesn't particularly worry me; though, of course, I'd love to see him pitching better. His change looks good, his cutter is sharp, his fastball is decent and his breaking stuff is in the wrong 郡 (county).A's top prospect, 22 year old firstbaseman Daric Barton is hitting third this morning. In and of itself, impressive for a kid, even though he's on a team that thinks that Emil Brown is a middle-of-the-lineup bat. Ouch. But, the more important thing about Mr. Barton is that he was born in the home of Bart Simpson: Springfield, Vermont. He went to high school in California so I'm not sure about his relationship with the Green Mountains. But, I think it's safe to say that if he succeeds in his MLB career, Vermont can take most of the credit. It's only fair.Josh Beckett was placed on the 15-Day DL and will be available April 3 in Toronto. I may …

Cor(e)y Snyder

The pitching staff has not shaped up quite as I picked it a month ago. That's fine; it's spring. Beckett appears to be in shape to miss probably a start or maybe two, but not enough to warrant a 15-day DL stint to start the season. I just hope that they don't put his bad back on the plane to Japan for a PR stunt. With him out, and Schilling blogging and cashing checks, that moves everyone up. Right now, the rotation is Dice-K, Lester, Wake, Buchholz, _____. Right: not ideal.

With that spot in the rotation up for grabs and two bullpen spots open, there's a battle between four guys for two spots - two, not three, because Beckett will be on the active roster but not starting initially, I think. These long-man and spot-starter spots are between Bartolo Colon, Bryan Corey, Kyle Snyder, and Julian "the pointer" Tavarez.

In the Globe today, there were three interesting bits I picked up about this battle: Tito loves big Kyle, he's "stretching it out&quo…

End of an era

You may have heard: Dougie Mirabelli has left the building. I repeat: Dougie has left the building. The departure of the Sox backup catcher and his gargantuan and glacial stroke means that this will be the last time I can link to this. Sad.

As for the baseball ramifications, I think this is a very good move. He will be replaced by Kevin Cash, who, incidentally, also cannot hit. "Young" Mr. Cash, 30, replaces the elder Mirabelli as 'Tek's backup and Wake's personal slave. Oh, you didn't know that Mr. and Mrs. Wakefield wake up every morning with eggs and toast brought to their bed side by Dougie in a maid's outfit? Well, you didn't hear it here...

Personally, I would think that the Sox should try to give one of the actually young guys, Dusty Brown or George Kottaras a shot first and let Cash stay in Pawtuck-ville to start the season and wait for a Josh Bard-esque implosion. But, since Cash has shown he can catch Wake's whiffleball, he deserv…