DOYLE TO PITCH TOMORROW
Former Salem High (N.H.) and Boston College star Terry Doyle will pitch against his old team tomorrow when the Red Sox play their annual spring training game against BC.
The 27-year-old Doyle appeared in 90 games, including making 77 starts in the Chicago White Sox system after Chicago drafted him in the 37th round out of BC in 2008. He posted a 33-27 record and 2.94 ERA from ‘08 until this past June when he left the White Sox system to pitch with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of the Japan Pacific League (1-1, 3.55 ERA, 7 Ks, 12.2 innings).
Fukuoka declined Doyle’s ‘13 option and he then returned to the U.S. where he accepted a minor league deal from the Red Sox this past offseason.
“I’m hoping to start out the year in Pawtucket as a starter and hopefully pitch well enough to earn a shot to get some innings in Boston as well,” Doyle told The Eagle-Tribune in December.
DAN MARINO SIGHTING
You might have noticed in Monday’s paper that North Andover boys’ 4x800 relay, which won the Division 2 state title, has a member named Dan Marino.
Marino said his parents did not name him after the Hall of Fame quarterback who played for the Miami Dolphins from 1983 through 1999 and threw for 61,361 yards.
“The quarterback is named after our Dan Marino,” one of his teammates jokingly said after the 4x800 team posted its victory at the Reggie Lewis Center on Sunday.
Central freshman Erin Dwinell ran a strong 1,000 at the girls Division 2 state meet Sunday, finishing in sixth place (3:06).
“Even though I didn’t make it to All-States, I’m still really happy that I placed as a freshman,” she said.
Dwinell ran the 800 in middle school. She began this season running the mile.
“I asked my coach if I could do the 1,000 so she let me,” Dwinell said. “I thought I’d be better at the 1,000 because I can do sprinting and distance. So I thought (the 1,000) was in between so it would fit me.”
The Boston Bruins play at the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. on NESN (channel 52).
Lightning center Cory Conacher has been a great story so far this year. Conacher, a 23-year-old rookie, went undrafted but is playing like a first-round pick. He entered last night’s game with five goals and eight assists (13 points) in his first 14 games.
St. Louis right winger Martin St. Louis, who is 37 and has 873 career points, also went undrafted. Both Conacher and St. Louis are short — just 5-foot-8.
MyFoxTampaBay.com recently ran a story comparing the two. It stated that St. Louis has taken Conacher under his wing.
“A guy like St. Louis has been my idol,” Conacher said in the article.”He’s a guy that I used to be in ‘mini-sticks’ back when I was a young kid.”
Tampa coach Guy Boucher said there was nothing similar with Conacher’s and St. Louis’ paths to the NHL.
“They are two different eras,” Boucher told MyFoxTampaBay.com. “I don’t want to take anything away from Cory, but Marty St. Louis did it at a moment where no small guys could make it. What he’s done back then is unreal.”
The Boston Celtics play the Los Angeles Lakers today at 10:30 p.m. at the Staples Center. The game is on CSN and ESPN and can be heard on WEEI (93.7 FM).
SOX’ JAPANESE TWITTER
If you haven’t heard already, the Red Sox recently launched a Japanese-language Twitter account, @redsoxjp.
The account includes translations of Red Sox English language social media content, regular interviews with Red Sox players, and exclusive interviews and information from relievers Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara, according to a Red Sox press release.