Today, the Listin Diario ran an article based on an interview with Edwin Encarnacion. I am translating from the paper and for some reason there is no link to the article on the net. Some notable quotes follow.
Encarnacion on his relationship with Baker:
"I have never had such good communication with a manager. Baker knows how to motivate me and I hope I can live up to his expectations."
On playing in the Dominican Winter league:
Playing in the Dominican is helpful. We arrive to spring training pretty much ready for the season already. It is a big advantage that we have in our country. I am going to continue playing in the DR because I have matured a lot as a baseball player and it will help me to establish myself in the major leagues.
On his goals for 2008:
My goal is to hit 25 or more home runs, and I know I can do it. I will be working hard not to commit more than 15 errors. These are my two biggest goals. I am very positive that I can reach them, I don't doubt it.
Cueto got some press for his win yesterday too. Nothing too special was said but it did mention that he worked with Mario Soto:
Soto ...se unió al equipo y lo ayudó a componer su cambio de velocidad y a recuperar su confianza, lo cual se mostró de inmediato.
Soto joined the team to help [Cueto] with changing speeds on his pitches and regain his confidence, which was seen immediately.
Life is different, but okay without a computer here. Post-traumatic stress is another story. Every wierd noise or shadow that moves at home gives me a rush of adrenaline. I will be fine, it just takes time.
Looking forward to Harang/Zambrano in the sports bar/gambling establishment a few blocks from my home tonight. Go reds.