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  • Also: RHP Phillips Valdez (claimed on waivers recently) made his Red Sox debut. Possibly a function of hitters’ poor timing in spring training, but threw a boatload of swing/miss changeups to big league LHHs from a tricky low 3/4s arm slot.
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  • Bloom said Sale feels great, but ‘shame on us if we cut corners’ getting him ready for season Given what he went through last year
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  • Chaim Bloom says the Sale season-opening stint on the injured list doesn’t move the needle regarding Red Sox interest in trading for starting depth. Sox were already interested in adding depth from outside - though Bloom says Sox also see potential in internal candidates.
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  • I believe Mata (20) is the youngest Red Sox pitcher to get a start in a Grapefruit League game since Casey Kelly in 2010.
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  • Mata followed up the strikeout against Garlick with another against Grullon -- this one on a swing/miss curveball. Also had a swing/miss on the slider in that AB. Two scoreless innings, two hits, a walk, and 2 Ks for Mata. Solid debut for a 20-year-old.
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  • After elevating with a 4-seam fastball to Kyle Garlick (foul), Mata punched him out on a slider (check-swing). He has shown an understanding of working up and down in this appearance.
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  • Mata has heavy two-seam usage but also elevates with a four-seamer. His two-seamer (which sits mid-90s and tops out at 97-98) resulted in huge groundball rates in the lower levels though not necessarily swings and misses.
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  • Mata's first swing/miss came on a 1-1 changeup to LHH Nick Williams, against whom he used a very full mix (1st pitch strike-stealing curve that he went back to on 1-2) on the way to a 6-3 groundout on a two-seam fastball.
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  • A must-read from Evan every day out in Indy. #Patriots
    Day three at the #NFLCombine in Indy: - Brady stuff (wait it out, like TB12 and the Pats are, instead of jumping to conclusions) - Markets for Thuney, DMac, & Karras - DE I'm eying in the 1st round for NE - What to watch for on Thursday night https://t.co/h8xJLdpfBH
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  • RT @ezlazar: Day three at the #NFLCombine in Indy: - Brady stuff (wait it out, like TB12 and the Pats are, instead of jumping to conclusions) - Markets for Thuney, DMac, & Karras - DE I'm eying in the 1st round for NE - What to watch for on Thursday night https://t.co/h8xJLdpfBH
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