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Notes: Jenks' new workouts paying dividends

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Notes: Jenks' new workouts paying dividends

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. --- Bobby Jenks spent the offseason workingout with ex-NFL wide receiver Keith Poole, who is now a trainer inChandler, Ariz., and the workouts were much different from what Jenks wasused to doing in the offseason.

These workouts had a football mentality: Cardio and strength work, tire flips, chain pulls. Everything buttwo-a-days.

Obviously, working with someone instead of byyourself ,its a lot different, Jenks said. You got more motivation.At home its easy to say youll get to it later and before you knowits 10:00 at night. This way it gives me the motivation to go everyday and I think being this strong right now early in the spring, itsobviously paid off.

Regardless of whether I was going back tothe White Sox or a new team, it was something I wanted to do formyself, just be in the best shape I could going into the season. Andright now, its definitely paying off.

In two one-inning appearances this spring, Jenks has faced seven batters, giving up one hit with two strikeouts.

The Red Sox lost, 6-5, to the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Right-hander Michael Bowden, starting in place of Jon Lester, who was ill, went two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Andrew Miller went two innings, giving up three runs on four hits, including an Ike Davis home run, with a walk and strikeout. Hideki Okajima pitched a scoreless inning and Rich Hill pitched two scoreless innings. Alex Wilson took the loss, giving up one run, a Lucas Duda solo homer, and three hits, with a walk and a strikeout.

Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer, his second of the spring, in the eighth inning, tying the game. Juan Carlos Linares and Tim Federowicz each hit solo homers, the first of the spring for both. Daniel Nava, after driving himself to the game, went 2-for-3. Jed Lowrie also went 2-for-3.

Left-hander Felix Doubront, who had been experiencing tightness in his left elbow began throwing Saturday, making 25 tosses from 60 feet, and said he felt good. On Sunday he made 20 -25 throws from about 90 feet.

Red Sox players are scheduled to meet with executive director Michael Weiner and representatives of the players association Monday morning.

Ryan Kalish successfully defended his Dancing with the New Stars title Saturday night, defeating Luis Exposito, Ryan Lavarnway, and Jason Rice. Jason Varitek, David Ortiz, Tim Wakefield, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Mike Cameron, Darnell McDonald, Lars Anderson, and Michael Bowden served as judges.

Minor-league spring training began Sunday at the player development complex with the first workouts for pitchers and catchers. Position players report on March 11, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for March 13. The first minor-league games are slated for March 16 against Orioles squads.

Pitchers scheduled for Mondays game against the Orioles are John Lackey, Dan Wheeler, Randy Williams, and Kyle Weiland.

Maureen Mullen is on Twitter athttp:twitter.commaureenamullen

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Will Red Sox' patient approach pay off?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Will Red Sox' patient approach pay off?

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0:41 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins from the TD Garden to discuss the Celtics getting the win over the Nuggets, Kyrie Irving taking advantage of his matchup, Shane Larkin’s performance off the bench, and if Gordon Hayward will return this season.

5:18 - Michael Holley, Tom Curran, Michael Hurley, and DJ Bean discuss Tom Brady’s success in his career against the Pittsburgh Steelers and if that success will continue on Sunday. 

9:34 - Evan Drellich joins from the MLB Winter Meetings to talk about the Red Sox needing to stay disciplined with their roster flexibility, and the latest on J.D. Martinez. 

15:09 - Holley, Curran, Hurley, and Bean discuss Malcolm Butler’s now deleted retweet about Jay Cutler’s success against the Patriots when facing a blitz.

Give the Red Sox time, patience can pay off

Give the Red Sox time, patience can pay off

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — If the lineup looks the same on Opening Day, set off on a tantrum. For now, just keep your anger primed in the queue. Maybe even prepare for an eventuality of relief and excitement.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is moving with discipline. Even if some of his process this winter has been questionable, he’s still taking a measured approach rather than setting a match to an already shriveling farm system and payroll. 

Discipline requires waiting, and the lull invites frustration for those who want everything now.

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“Even though some things are starting to happen, there’s a lot to still be done over the winter time,” Dombrowski said Wednesday.

He’s right.

As a Sox fan, you can’t have it both ways. Either you want Dombrowski to act responsibly with the sustainability of the franchise in mind, or you want all the big names now, now, now — and are keen on an inevitably disastrous roster. 

The Sox have had a lot of big splashes in recent years. They have to move cautiously in waters this deep. As one executive put it recently: “Only horrible organizations keep spending and spending and spending.”

Here’s betting fans will be rewarded this winter with an upgraded lineup to feel good about, even if the Sox haven’t crossed the finish line yet. 

“Every time we have a meeting we talk about [timing]. Some players are going to start signing pretty soon,” Dombrowski said. “And some players that we have interest in, we’ll start signing pretty soon. And if you wait, you lose some players that you may have interest in.”

One thing is for sure — and it appears to be getting lost even with big names like J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer still out there — just because the Red Sox haven’t completed a deal, they are doing a ton of work behind the scenes.

"I think we're closer to getting answers on some things,” Dombrowski said Wednesday. “There have been a couple of things, calls we've made and heard from people that have eliminated us and some have kept us in there. But I can't say that I'm any closer to getting things done other than gathering continued information — because I don't know what happens with other clubs. I don't know where they stand with their conversations with other teams. There’s still a lot, so many conversations going on, and a lot of different possibilities, a lot of different trade things happening so I'm not really sure. 

“I think we've got a pulse of what's happening and I don't think anything's happened that's surprised us so far, but there haven't been that many things that have happened either. A lot of relievers have signed, that's been the biggest thing and that hasn't been our biggest thing that we're pursuing.”

(Whether they should be pursuing it with a little more aggressiveness is worth a thought, however.) 

- The Sox were keeping tabs on Marcell Ozuna, the Marlins outfielder who was traded to the Cardinals.

“We asked about him and they called me back beforehand, just to let me know,” Dombrowski said of the Marlins. “So we were in the mix enough to do that.”

Ozuna could have done some DH’ing and also played outfield. Dombrowski noted the Marlins got upper-level pitching in the trade. He didn’t specifically note that the Red Sox don’t have as much upper-level pitching to offer, but that is the case.

- The Sox have talked “generalities” with free agents when it comes to contract terms, Dombrowski said. 

- Dombrowski said bringing back free agent Eduardo Nunez is on his radar.

- Super agent Scott Boras on Wednesday defended J.D. Martinez’s defense, which isn’t generally well regarded. Boras also talked about the "prestige value" of Eric Hosmer, another client.

- Boras said the Red Sox have not told him it’s their intention to trade Jackie Bradley Jr.