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Red Sox spring training report, Feb. 23

SUNDAY’S WEATHER: Some early fog burned off and it was 66 when the Red Sox took the field to stretch. By the middle of the morning it was 80 and humid. The players were given a brief break in the middle of the workout to grab some shade and drink water.

MEDICAL REPORT: Daniel Nava (pinched nerve in neck) was out of action for the third straight day. Manager John Farrell said Nava should be swinging a bat again in the next day or two.

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FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The Sox worked on rundown plays for 25 minutes. The drill included the “Larry Bird” variation that features over-the-shoulder throws to the infielders by coach Brian Butterfield to keep everybody on their toes.

THUMBS UP: Brandon Workman looked good in live batting practice again. His command of the strike zone has been sharp . . . Starters Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Clay Buchholz all pitched their second session of live BP and looked strong.

THUMBS DOWN: Buchholz is 29 and apparently eats like a teenager at the movies. Farrell said the team is working with the righthander on “better nutrition” in the hopes that will help his stamina on the mound. “You’re always looking to adjust and remain at that optimal level,” Farrell said.

AROUND THE BASES: It was Photo Day at JetBlue Park and the players reported early to get shots taken by assorted media outlets . . . Farrell said he has been impressed by Dalier Hinojosa, a righthander from Cuba who was signed to a minor league contract over the winter. “He’s eager to learn. This is a very different baseball environment he’s in,” Farrell said . . . Minor league camp has not opened yet. But the Red Sox have started a minicamp for invited prospects.

SCHEDULE: The Sox will be on the field at 9:30 a.m. Monday. The team has three workout days left before Thursday’s doubleheader against Northeastern and Boston College.

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