GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

May 2, 2013

Crunch Time


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Aggressive equals strikeouts

During his introductory press conference as Red Sox manager in October, John Farrell stressed the need for his pitchers to be aggressive and attack the strike zone early.

It, therefore, should not be surprising that the Red Sox led baseball in strikeouts during April after finishing 20th in the majors for 2012.

Upton boys

Justin Upton always has been better than his brother B.J. Playing side-by-side on the same Atlanta Braves team this year, it has become a little more obvious.

Justin, 25, is batting .304 with 12 homers, 19 RBIs and a .393 on-base percentage entering yesterday while B.J., 28, was batting .146 with three homers, five RBIs and a .222 on-base percentage.

Justin is making $9.75 million this year while B.J. is earning $12.45 million and will earn as much as $16.45 million in 2017.

Telling on Tiger

On Wednesday the person who blew the whistle on Tiger Woods costing him two strokes at the Master’s was revealed. David Eger, a player on the Champions Tour and former tournament director, was the one who turned Tiger in saying this to Sports Illustrated.

“I could see there was a divot — not a divot, a divot hole — when he played the shot the second time that was not there the first time,” Eger said. “I played it again and again. I could see that the fairway was spotless the first time he played the shot and there was that divot hole, maybe three or four feet in front of where he played after the drop.”

According to the Sports Illustrated piece Eger is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced officials in the game.

Out of Wrigley?

The Cubs may leave Wrigley Field if stadium renovations aren’t an option according to owner Tom Ricketts.

“The fact is that if we don’t have the ability to generate revenue in our own outfield, we’ll have to take a look at moving — no question,” Ricketts said.

Now if only the Red Sox would do the same with Fenway Park.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru and Christopher Smith