Johnson poised to put it all together for Boston

February 25, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Trivia question: Who was the only Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in 2017? Hint: The same person who must might break camp as the fifth starter this season. View Full Game Coverage FORT MYERS, Fla. — Trivia question: Who was the only Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in 2017? Hint: The same person who must might break camp as the fifth starter…

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Source: Contract language delaying J.D. deal

February 25, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The reason the Red Sox haven’t held a press conference yet to announce the signing of prized slugger J.D. Martinez is because some contract language is still being worked out as a result of findings from the physical, a source told MLB.com. There are no concerns about Martinez’s ability to play at full strength in 2018. The physical did reveal a potential medical issue that could…

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Sale throws 1st live BP, loving scaled-back ST

February 24, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A couple of hours before his team took the field for a Grapefruit League game against the Rays on Saturday, Red Sox ace Chris Sale was on Field 5 airing it out for his first live batting practice of Spring Training. In most other years, Sale would have made his first start at some point over this weekend. But the Red Sox are not only using…

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Henry: Red Sox are highly underrated in '18

February 19, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Enthused by his team’s improved health and an almost entirely new coaching staff, Red Sox owner John Henry said on Monday that it is a mistake to overlook the two-time defending American League East champions. “I think we are very strong and people are highly underrating this team,” Henry said at around the same time the first full-squad workout was getting underway. “If we have the…

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MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18

February 19, 2018

Major League Baseball will implement new pace of play rules for the 2018 season, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday, but there will be no pitch clock this season. After consulting with the MLB Players Association and all 30 clubs, MLB announced its slate of rules changes, among them a limit on mound visits per game. Major League Baseball will implement new pace of play rules for the 2018 season, Commissioner…

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Chavis leads new Red Sox Top 30 Prospects list

February 19, 2018

When the Red Sox hired David Dombrowski as president of baseball operations in August 2015, they had a big league club headed toward its second consecutive last-place finish, yet hope in the form of the best farm system in baseball. Fast forward to today, and they’re the two-time defending American League East champions but the system is thinner than it has been in more than a decade. ? Red Sox’s…

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Nunez proves health, inks 1-year deal with Sox

February 18, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The reunion between Eduardo Nunez and the Red Sox took patience from both sides, and ultimately a uniquely exhaustive workout that the super-utility man went through before the signing could become official. After Nunez completed a physical on Friday morning, the Red Sox took him to a back field of their Spring Training complex in the hot sun that afternoon to make sure his right knee…

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'Big picture' on Pedroia's mind during rehab

February 18, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. — For Dustin Pedroia, missing Opening Day — and perhaps a few weeks after that — will be a small price to pay for getting his career back. The scar on Pedroia’s surgically-repaired left knee was there for all to see as he held court with the media on Saturday morning. For Pedroia, it serves as a reminder that the injury that pained him for all of…

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Kimbrel open to entering in non-save situations

February 17, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Though the ninth inning will still be the time Red Sox right-hander Craig Kimbrel is called on most often, the dominant closer sounded open to manager Alex Cora‘s idea of deploying him in higher-leverage situations earlier in the game when needed. “Potentially, I think I’ll be used in positions I need to be used in,” said Kimbrel. “I think I’ll be closing out a lot of…

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