3/9/2014 | Brentz continues to sizzle at the plate
That big hitter at the top of Boston's spring leaderboard isn't David Ortiz. Bryce Brentz went into Sunday's game against Pittsburgh leading the Red Sox in hits (six), home runs (three) and RBIs (six), and he reached base three times in Boston's 4-1 win over the Pirates.
3/9/2014 | Buchholz pleased with second spring start
Clay Buchholz came out of his second Spring Training start with some encouraging returns on Sunday, and he said he definitely made progress from his spring debut. Buchholz threw three hitless innings during Boston's 4-1 victory over the Pirates at McKechnie Field and seemed pleased with his outing.
3/9/2014 | Carp not worried about role with Red Sox
The last thing Mike Carp wants to do is analyze his Spring Training statistics. Carp, who thrived in a part-time role with the Red Sox last season, came into Sunday's game batting just .133 for the Grapefruit League season and dismissed any talk about a slow spring start.
3/9/2014 | Following year off, Cordero refreshed, motivated
Francisco Cordero, fresh off a year-long baseball sabbatical, is back on the mound and competing for a roster spot with the Red Sox, a prospect that seems thrilling to the three-time All-Star.
3/9/2014 | Early offense plenty as Buchholz sets the tone
Led off by starter Clay Buchholz's three hitless innings, five Boston pitchers combined on a four-hitter Sunday as the Red Sox downed the Pirates, 4-1, at McKechnie Field.
3/8/2014 | Victorino considering batting right-handed exclusively
Red Sox manager John Farrell said to reporters Saturday morning in Sarasota that Shane Victorino may consider not batting as a switch-hitter this season and just bat right-handed.
3/8/2014 | Papi serves as mentor to Twins' prospect Vargas
David Ortiz has taken to mentor Kennys Vargas, the Twins' 23-year-old first-base/designated-hitter prospect who is listed at 6-feet-5 and 273 pounds.
3/8/2014 | Middlebrooks, Brentz go deep in first split-squad game
Boston's Will Middlebrooks gave the Red Sox (2-6-1) their first run with a home run to right-center in the third inning, and Bryce Brentz contributed a two-run homer in the 7-3 loss to the Orioles.
3/7/2014 | Doubront's improved fastball command key
If the early indications mean anything, Felix Doubront could be in for a big year. Doubront stayed ahead of the count and ahead of his past performance in his second outing of the spring Friday, when he worked four scoreless innings for Boston in a 4-1 win over Atlanta.
3/7/2014 | Nava has versatility to hit all over lineup
The Red Sox aren't locked into any lineup choices, and this is the time of Spring Training where the manager can put everything on the table. Boston manager John Farrell spoke about Daniel Nava on Friday, saying that the veteran could fit at the top or in the middle of the lineup.
3/7/2014 | Peavy, Victorino close to appearing in games
Two of Boston's key injured players are getting closer to a return to the field. Manager John Farrell said Friday morning that Shane Victorino and Jake Peavy should both be able to play by next week, contingent upon them continuing to make progress in their recoveries.
3/7/2014 | Doubront, Lavarnway stand out in victory
After six innings of a pitchers' duel, the game turned on a two-out rally. The Red Sox earned their first lead of Friday's game in the seventh inning, when Jonathan Herrera drilled an RBI double and Ryan Lavarnway added a two-run single to lead Boston to a 4-1 win over Atlanta. Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront threw four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three of the 14 batters he faced.
3/6/2014 | Veteran pitchers help Webster turn things around
Red Sox right-hander Allen Webster struggled in his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday, so a few veteran teammates stepped in to lend their expertise. After some time watching video with Jon Lester, John Lackey and Clay Buchholz -- and some more applying their suggestions in the bullpen -- Webster came back a different pitcher on Thursday.
3/6/2014 | Slick-fielding Marrero continues to impress
Could Deven Marrero be the next Jose Iglesias? Perhaps it's not a fair comparison, but in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, Boston's latest slick-fielding shortstop prospect put on an impressive show.
3/6/2014 | Red Sox have stabilizing 'X' factor at shortstop
Things always change fast in baseball, even for the champions. And sometimes, especially for the champions. That's the case for the Red Sox. Just look at Xander Bogaerts.
3/6/2014 | Webster, Sox hold Fish to two hits in scoreless tie
The threat of rain hovered over Roger Dean Stadium most of Thursday afternoon, and the impact of the weather arrived before either the Marlins or Red Sox could score a run.
3/6/2014 | Bradley learning, not trying to replicate 2013 spring
Jackie Bradley Jr. could not have been flying much higher last spring, before the regular season brought him a cold dose of reality. About a week into this year's Grapefruit League schedule, Bradley has generated no eye-popping stats. Yet he might be much more prepared for the rigors of April and beyond -- and the Red Sox need him to be.
3/6/2014 | Salty reflects fondly on Sox, but ready to move on
After helping the Red Sox win a World Series title, Jarrod Saltalamacchia has moved on, but he isn't holding on to any hard feelings. Saltalamacchia hit cleanup against his old team at Roger Dean Stadium on Thursday, their first encounter since he signed a three-year, $21 million with the Marlins in December.
3/6/2014 | Hill reports to Red Sox after death of newborn son
In the aftermath of a tragedy, Red Sox veteran lefty reliever Rich Hill made his first appearance at Spring Training on Thursday morning. Signed by the Sox in January to a Minor League deal that included an invitation to Major League Spring Training, Hill was delayed following the recent death of his newborn son.
3/5/2014 | Red Sox involved in first replay experience
The Red Sox had their first encounter with Major League Baseball's new instant replay system during Wednesday's 8-6 Grapefruit League loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. MLB has selected certain games throughout Spring Training in which to test the system.
3/5/2014 | This time, Bogaerts clubs one nobody can get
Xander Bogaerts felt he'd run into some bad luck early in the Grapefruit League season, seeing hard-hit balls turn into outs. He had no such problem in his third and final plate appearance of Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Cardinals.
3/5/2014 | Versatile Capuano can provide Red Sox with options
When Chris Capuano made his Red Sox debut on Wednesday, he did so as a starting pitcher. That might not be the role he holds when the regular season begins, but that's not a big problem for the veteran left-hander, who gave up two runs in two innings during Boston's 8-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.
3/5/2014 | Nava, Bogaerts go deep in Capuano's Red Sox debut
Daniel Nava and Xander Bogaerts homered, while Chris Capuano allowed two runs -- on a homer -- over two innings in his Red Sox debut as Boston fell to St. Louis, 8-6, on Wednesday.
3/5/2014 | Starters advancing toward Grapefruit debuts
Three-fifths of the Red Sox's starting rotation is moving closer to appearing in the Grapefruit League. Left-hander Jon Lester threw a 38-pitch, three-inning simulated game against Minor Leaguers back at the team's complex in Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday morning, while the team sent a contingent to face the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.
3/5/2014 | Red Sox not dwelling on WS rematch with Cards
The Red Sox made the trip to Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday to face the Cardinals in a Grapefruit League contest. The stakes were a bit lower than the last time the clubs met, when Boston finished off the World Series on Oct. 30 at Fenway Park.
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