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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Here it is, hot off the presses, the cover of the 2017 Red Sox media guide. Rick Porcello, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts get the honors.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox manager John Farrell believes slimmer Pablo Sandoval will be better defensive 3B. "With the body composition he's got, we'd expect to see increase in range, maybe some better foot quickness, better body control."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

LHP Brian Johnson, who missed time in 2015 with elbow discomfort and two months last year while seeking treatment for anxiety, will start Thursday for Red Sox vs. Northeastern. Fellow lefties Henry Owens and Roenis Elias will start Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

As team-building activity, Red Sox will watch "Patriots Day" together tomorrow in movie theatre. Dustin Pedroia, incredibly, is only player left from roster on day of Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

After saga involving Drew Pomeranz's medical info last year, MLB & players discussed "more checks and balances and accountability and transparency" in CBA bargaining sessions, according to union chief Tony Clark, who called situation "unfortunate."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

MLBPA chief Tony Clark on suggestion that baseball needs to be "fixed" with dramatic rules changes: "I think the game is pretty sexy the way it is."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Breaking in a new mitt is apparently a big deal when you're a Gold Glove winner, as Mookie Betts found out this morning.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox LHP Drew Pomeranz on offseason stem-cell injection to relieve elbow soreness. "They kind of scrape (flexor) tendon to create some bleeding and then they shoot stem cells on top. I was fine 5 minutes into it, then about 20 minutes later I couldn't bend my arm for 5 days."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox RHP Steven Wright encouraged by way his shoulder feels after first bullpen session since early October. He threw 10-15 knuckleballs, the rest fastballs; said it "went about as well as it could've."

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale throws first live BP session. The new Red Sox ace faced Dan Butler, Chris Young, Junior Lake. Very little contact. Fellow starters David Price, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright, Drew Pomeranz watched from behind cage.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

To me, the larger issue with Blake Swihart is how much the Red Sox messed with him by moving him to outfield. Ankle injury while playing left field cost him almost entire season; throwing mechanics altered from what he was used to as catcher.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

On Blake Swihart, whose throwing issues continued in live BP today: He was always likely to open season in Triple-A because of contract status (Swihart has options; Christian Vazquez does not). Throwing issue likely curable, but reinforces value of going back to minors.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pablo Sandoval worked this winter with Miguel Cabrera to make improvements to his right-handed swing. The result:

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have purchased contract of 28-year-old right-hander Hector Velazquez, who had 2.47 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 131.1 innings last year for Monclova in Mexican League. The deal is pending a physical.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Shortly before Mitch Moreland signed with Red Sox, David Ortiz offered unsolicited praise: "I always believed that kid could be special." Moreland didn't know he had such a fan in Ortiz. "It's pretty neat for him to say that. Coming from a guy like him, that means a lot."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pablo Sandoval sought help this winter from Miguel Cabrera to improve his right-handed swing. The result:

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox C Blake Swihart had some issues with throwing ball back to pitcher, but manager John Farrell wouldn't call it "yips." Said Swihart: "I'm not worried and you guys shouldn't be worried either." He hasn't caught since May 17 in Triple-A.