Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 010116 Contents THE RIVER - JANUARY 1, 2016
Snowy Winter Winds Have At Last
Reached Boston And Minnesota
by Ed Frank
The bitter, snowy winds of winter have at last reached
Boston and Minnesota, but as the New Year dawns, it’s
time to think Spring – Spring Training in particular – with
Red Sox and Twins players reporting back here in just a few
Tickets to the 15-game Red Sox home schedule at Jetblue
Park at Fenway South already are on sale. And single-game tick-
ets for the Twins 15-game schedule at the CenturyLink Sports
Complex begin January 9.
Every major league team approaches Spring Training with
optimism and hope. For the Red Sox, the goal has to be a rever-
sal of three last-place finishes in the past four years.
As for the Twins, they want to build on the positive vibes of last season’s 83-79
record after four straight previous seasons with 92 or more losses. The Twins were
baseball’s big surprise in 2015, playing for a post-season spot until the last weekend of
the regular season.
Red Sox pitchers and catchers report here February 18 and position players five
days later. Twins pitchers and catchers report to camp February 21, and the remainder
of the team February 26.
The Red Sox Nation rightly expects big changes for the new season with the hiring
of veteran baseball executive Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations.
The move resulted in the departure of general manager Ben Cherington.
It didn’t take long for Dombrowski. He sent four prospects to San Diego for All-
Star closer Craig Kimbrel. Three weeks later, he signed free-agent pitcher David Price
to a seven-year, $217 million deal – the highest paid a pitcher in baseball history.
And there was more – the signing of free agent outfielder Chris Young and the
trade of lefty Wade Miley, who logged 193 innings last season, to Seattle for reliever
Carson Smith and versatile Roenis Elias.
As for the Twins, first-year manager Paul Molitor has to receive major credit for the
The team’s strong farm system produced promising rookies Miquel Sano, Eddie
Rossario, Bryon Buxton, Tyler Duffey and Max Kepler.
Improved starting pitching was another factor in the team’s success. Their starters
had a respectable 4.14 ERA that ranked 16th in the majors.
Minnesota General Manager Terry Ryan has been relatively quiet during the present
off-season although he did sign Korean slugger Byung Ho Park as the team’s desig-
nated hitter and traded centerfielder Aaron Hicks to the New York Yankees for catcher
John Ryan Murphy.
With a solid lineup and a far m system stocked with talent, the Twins should contend
again in 2016 in the tough American League Central Division.
But as Ryan said a year ago, he will not be satisfied until the Twins become con-
tenders in the playoffs.
The following are the Spring Training schedules for the Twins and Red Sox:
March 3 – Red Sox, 7:05 p.m .
March 5 – Baltimore, 1:05 p.m .
March 8 – St. Louis, 1:05 p.m . (split squad)
March 9 – Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m .
March 11 – Miami, 1:05 p.m
March 13 – Baltimore, 1:05 p.m .
March 16 – Red Sox, 7:05 p.m .
March 20 – New York Yankees, 1:05 p.m .
March 21 – Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m .
March 22 – Baltimore, 1:05 p.m . (split squad)
March 23 – Tampa Bay, 1:05 p.m .
March 26 – Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m .
March 29 – Red Sox, 1:05 p.m .
March 30 – Toronto, 1:05 p.m .
March 31 – Red Sox, 1:05 p.m .
Boston Red Sox
February 29 – Boston College and Northeastern University, 1:05 o.m .
March 2 – Twins, 1:05 p.m .
March 4 – Tampa Bay, 1:05 p.m .
March 6 – Baltimore, 1:05 p.m .
March 7 – Tampa Bay, 1:05 p.m .
March 10 – Twins, 1:05 p.m .
March 12 – Miami, 1:05 p.m .
March 14 – Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m .
March 15 – New York Yankees – 6:05 p.m .
March 17 – Baltimore, 1:05 p.m .
March 18 – Twins, 1:05 p.m . (split squad)
March 19 – St. Louis, 1:05 p.m .
March 24 – New York Mets, 1:05 p.m .
March 25 – Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m .
March 27 – Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m .
March 28 – Baltimore, 1:05 p.m .
My name is Cari. A
nice police lady
picked me up from
the road last week at the
intersection of Periwinkle
and Sea Grape on the East
End. She took me to her
house to spend the night
and then called the lady
at PAWS. I need to find
my way back home to my
people. I hope they read
the paper this week and
call Pam at PAWS, 472-
4823, and make arrange-
ments to pick me up and
take me home. If you
know my people, please
call them and tell them my
picture is in the paper.
PAWS Of Sanibel
I’m Noel, also known as, Island Girl.
I was living out on the first causeway
island for a very long time. My foster
mom trapped me and took me to the
Kitty Hospital for medical care, shots
and surgery. I’m doing really well now,
but I need to find a forever home. I’m
still really scared. I stay in my kitty condo
when my foster mom comes in the room
to give me food and water. She cleans
my bathroom too. This is quite different
than what I’m used to out on the island,
but nice that I don’t have to worry about
where my next meal is coming from, or
having to catch it. My foster mom pets
me all over and sings songs to me, but
I’m still too afraid to come out while she’s
in my room. I hope I will be less fright-
ened soon, because I think I would like to
see what it’s like to sit on her lap when
she pets me. Maybe some time soon.
Call Pam at PAWS, 472-4823, if you want to give me a forever home.
Noel in her kitty condo
Sampson And Delilah
Sampson and Delilah are 6 years old, but not siblings. They are neutered and
spayed, respectively, and up to date on all their shots. They were seen by
the vet several weeks ago. They recently lost their owner and are in desper-
ate need of a new home, together. They are gorgeous kitties and extremely loving
of one another and their people. If you can foster or adopt, call Pam at PAWS of
Sanibel at 472-4823 as soon as possible.
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