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Posted 15 March 2017 - 05:55 AM

FORT MYERS, Fla. Cheap NFL Jerseys China . - Grady Sizemores long journey back from a series of injuries that almost ended his promising career is complete: He will be the Boston Red Soxs starting centre fielder on opening day. The three-time All-Star is set to play for the World Series champions Monday at Baltimore. "Its very exciting," Sizemore said Friday. "Its been a long road for me and Im happy to keep moving forward and to be in this position for this team." Sizemore beat out highly regarded prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. for the starting job. The Red Sox said Friday that Bradley will begin the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. Sizemore has not played in the majors since September 2011 with Cleveland. He has undergone seven operations since 2009, including surgery on both knees, his back and elbow. The Red Sox lost star centre fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees in free agency during the off-season. Boston signed the 31-year-old Sizemore in January, hoping he could still make an impact. Sizemore hit .333 in spring training, going 13 for 39 with a home run, two doubles, three walks, and four strikeouts. He held up well in the outfield, playing 82 innings. "This is one of those situations where the game was taken away from a player and now that its back in his reach, that appreciation is only going to grow," Farrell said. "Theres a greater appreciation that I think any player goes through when theyre able to attain that level again. "He hasnt had any push back with the repetition and the volume in spring training, saying his body cant take it," Farrell added. "We have had a cautious level of optimism with each passing day." Entering spring training, the Red Sox were not sure what to expect from Sizemore. But hes passed every marker. Whats left is to see how he holds up during the rigours of a full season. "As far as the durability question, we answered it as best we could given the number of spring training games," Farrell said. "He will still be on a progression in the month of April where theres a prescribed number of games played and theres a progression to that. Its premature to give you an exact number of games per week. But were working toward an everyday status." Sizemore was a third-round pick of the Montreal Expos in 2000 before being acquired in a six-player deal by Cleveland in 2002 when Farrell was the Indians director of player development. Before his injuries, Sizemore was one of baseballs most dynamic players. A left-handed batter, he hit 20 or more home runs with 20 or more stolen bases in each of his first four full seasons, from 2005-08, the most 20-20 seasons in Indians history. The only other players ever to record three 20-20 seasons within their first four big league seasons are Darryl Strawberry (1984-86) and Bobby Bonds (1969-71). Despite his time away from the game, Sizemore never gave up on his baseball career, though. "I didnt think it was over," he said. "I just didnt know if Id ever get back to feeling healthy. It wasnt really a matter of playing baseball. It was the little things like being able to run. It was one of those things where youre just trying to find answers." The last few years have not been easy on Sizemore. After appearing in a total of 639 games from 2005-08, he has played in just 210 since. But, on Monday, expect that to change. "Its nice to have some positive news," Sizemore said. "In the last couple of years everythings been so negative. Its almost hard to realize whats going on. Hard to sink in." MLB Jerseys China . The Brazilian international goalkeeper was beaten twice in the first 12 minutes of his Reds debut in a 3-1 preseason loss to Columbus Crew in Florida earlier this week. 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In terms of the all-time series between these two teams, Arkansas holds a 19-11 advantage, and that includes a 10-2 mark against the Commodores in Fayetteville. Vandy held a huge 47-27 rebounding advantage over Auburn, and the Commodores defense limited the Tigers to 30.5-percent shooting from the floor. Senior James Siakam (10.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg) had a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes of action for his fourth career double-double. Siakam was one of four Commodores in double figures. On the season, Vanderbilt leads the SEC in field-goal percentage (.500) and is second in 3-point shooting percentage (.389). Sophomore big man Damian Jones, a preseason All-SEC first-team pick, leads the wway with 16. CHeap MLB Jerseys China. 2 points and 7.1 rebounds per tilt and ranks second in the league in field-goal percentage (.551). The Commodores have gotten widespread contributions from their youthful roster. Riley LaChance is the SECs top freshman scorer at 13.1 ppg, and he ranks among the overall league leaders in threes made per game (2.1) and 3-point shooting percentage (.426). Shelton Mitchell (5.6 ppg, 4.9 apg) and Wade Baldwin IV (7.4 ppg, 4.2 apg) are first and third, respectively, among the leagues freshmen in assists. This matchup certainly has the potential to turn into a high-scoring shootout, considering Arkansas is the only team in the SEC to score at least 65 points in every game. The Razorbacks rank No. 8 in the nation in scoring (84.1 ppg) and are tied for third in assists (18.4 apg). Bobby Portis (17.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg) and Michael Qualls (15.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg) lead the way. The Razorbacks found themselves trailing Georgia on the road by as many as 13 late in the first half of Tuesdays game. However, Arkansas turned things around in the second half by shooting 57.7 percent from the floor while holding the Bulldogs to 34.5 percent over the final 20 minutes. The Razorbacks were out-rebounded by a 40-25 margin for the game, but they forced 17 turnovers and committed only nine. Portis led all scorers with 21 points, Qualls tallied 17 points and seven boards, and Alandise Harris chipped in with 15 points off the bench. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 

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