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“If you’re not talking to one another, that’s the difference,” said Shepherd, who pitched in 18 games at Triple-A Pawtucket last season. “If you’re dropping the ball off the cone or getting the medicine ball between your chests, you’ve got to talk the whole time.”

Brock Holt might go fishing on Tuesday evening. His family will be leaving Florida the day before, Nike Elite Cheap Jerseys so the night off might give him a chance for a little peaceful alone time. Josh Rutledge might go out for a nice dinner with his wife, who will be arriving in Florida the day before.

What both won’t be doing Tuesday is making a bus trip to face the New York Yankees in Tampa, two-plus hours north of JetBlue Park. Holt and Rutledge played pivotal roles in a come-from-behind victory for the Mookie Betts-led Blue team in an intrasquad skills competition on Sunday morning at the Red Sox complex.

Holt and Rutledge erased a significant deficit with their leg of an obstacle-course relay race, and relief pitchers Robby Scott and Chandler Shepherd surged ahead. It was a simple matter for Betts and Deven Marrero to seal the victory, much to the dismay of Dustin Pedroia and his Red team AC Milan Cheap Jerseys.

“I’m pitching,” Shepherd said with a wry smile. “The other guys can enjoy the off-day.”

“Robby and Shep, they crushed it,” Holt said.

The skills competition began with position players making throws and hitting off a tee for accuracy while pitchers went through fielding drills. The two sides were even when the obstacle course began.

“The difference-maker was the baseball on top of the cone,” Shepherd said. “We only dropped it once, maybe. We gained a lot of ground on that one. We were both in each other’s ear the whole time — ‘Raise it up. Raise it up. Step left. Step right.'”

As was the idea, the secret to success in every event was communication between the pairs.

“The cooler cone carry, me and Rutty, we’d put it on there and then pick it up at different times and it kept falling off,” Holt said. “You’ve got to lift it at literally the same speed and the same speed.” Cheap Soccer Jerseys For Sale

And, as was the idea, the Blue team erupted in celebration when Betts and Marrero pushed their sled across the finish line.

In the cruelest twist of fate, however, Scott and Shepherd both have to go to Tampa anyway. The game action for pitchers is more important — and less flexible — than it is for hitters.

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