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A bigger Bradley hopes for more power

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 7, 2014 02:05 PM

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Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. wait their turn to hit on Thursday. Below, Bogaerts takes a swing.(Peter Abraham/Globe Staff)

FORT MYERS, Fla. Jackie Bradley Jr. says he weighs only four more pounds than he did last season. But the center fielder looked different standing in the batting cage on Friday morning.
Bradley added some muscle to his legs and shoulders during the winter and he hopes that will translate to an increase in power.

"I didn't need to get heavier but I wanted to get stronger. That was something I took out of last year," Bradley said. "I can notice it now when I hit. I think I can drive the ball better than before."

See the Globe on Saturday for more on Bradley and his thoughts about competing with Grady Sizemore.


Clay Buchholz arrived in camp this morning and will throw on Saturday.

The Red Sox took some infield before batting practice. Will Middlebrooks was at third base, Xander Bogaerts at shortstop and Daniel Nava at first. With no second baseman in camp, Bradley fielded throws at the bag from his teammates.

Counting the minor leaguers, there were 60 players working out today.

Andrew Miller played catch and then went through a series of strength and agility drills that included skipping rope. His left foot seems to be fully recovered from that fracture seven months ago.

The Mets are negotiating with Stephen Drew according to several major league sources. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that a multi-year offer is possible.

The silliness that is Truck Day is Saturday. According to the Red Sox, the vaunted truck will contain 20,400 baseballs, 1,100 bats, 200 batting gloves, 200 batting helmets, 320 batting practice tops, 160 white game jerseys, 300 pairs of pants, 400 t-shirts, 400 pairs of socks, 20 cases of bubble gum and 60 cases of sunflower seeds.

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