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March 8, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Fort Report: March 8

Today’s minor league notes:

 Oscar Tejeda, the second youngest player in major league camp (behind Stolmy Pimentel), has been on a tear so far this spring, hitting .444/.444/.667 in 18 at-bats.  According to first-hand reports, Tejeda is also hitting the ball with authority on most of his outs - a good sign of things to come.

 Minor leaguers who appeared in major league games since our last report were Ryan Dent, Bubba Bell, Aaron Bates, Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Khoury, Matt Sheely, Tommy Hottovy, Felix Sanchez, Jorge Padron, Alex Hassan, Tony Thomas, Lenny DiNardo, and Kyle Fernandes.

 The pitchers scheduled to throw on Wednesday for Boston are Clay Buchholz, Bobby Jenks, Scott Atchison, Randy Williams, and Matthew Fox.

 According to a report in the Star Press, outfield prospect Jeremy Hazelbaker added 30 pounds through off-season training, and reported to spring training at 205 pounds.  Hazelbaker expects that he'll probably start the 2011 season with High-A Salem.

 Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston brings us a report on Andrew Miller, who has his fastball up to 99 mph this spring, but still likely remains slated for Triple-A to start the season, where he can work on the consistency of his command.

 Per Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Josh Reddick is continuing to work on his plate discipline this spring, with a little help from an old bet with recently-promoted Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler

 Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale talked to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal about up-and-coming infield prospect Yamaico Navarro.  Hale emphasized the potential value of Navarro’s versatility to the big club, as he is capable of playing third, short, and second with solid footwork and impressive arm strength.