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Red Sox spring training report, Feb. 25

TUESDAY’S WEATHER: It was 64 and overcast when the team emerged from the clubhouse but sunny and 75 when it returned 2½ hours later.

MEDICAL REPORT: Shane Victorino (thumb, core) and Daniel Nava (neck) were limited. Nava is scheduled to return to a full workout Wednesday.

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FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: There was a team-wide drill to practice cutoffs and relays to the plate and to third base. A meeting with the catchers preceded the work on the field . . . The position players took batting practice inside the stadium for the first time.

THUMBS UP: Third baseman Garin Cecchini — it’s pronounced “Chick-Kee-Nee” by the way — has impressed the coaches with his overall play. The 22-year-old, who finished last season with Double A Portland, is better than was expected at third base and looks comfortable at the plate.

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THUMBS DOWN: The daily schedule read, “All pitchers — base running” at 10:35 a.m. on Field 2. But it proved to be a lecture, not a drill. Coaches Brian Butterfield, Torey Lovullo, and Arnie Beyeler discussed base running strategies with the hurlers. Fans hoping to see the pitchers tour the bases were disappointed.

AROUND THE BASES: The coaches again worked with Jon Lester on fielding his position and making better throws. That has been a semi-regular occurrence in camp and he seems to be getting better . . . Jonny Gomes handed out T-shirts that said “Turn The Page” on the front. There may have been a bad word included . . . Rubby De La Rosa is serving as a translator for Dalier Hinojosa, the Cuban righthander experiencing baseball in the United States for the first time.

SCHEDULE: The Sox have one more full-squad workout Wednesday before the schedule starts Thursday with a doubleheader against Northeastern and Boston College.

PETER ABRAHAM

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