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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Porcello will throw two-inning simulated game Sunday. If he pitches every fifth day thereafter, with one extra day built in because of March 22 off-day, Porcello would make six spring-training starts and be lined up to start Opening Day on April 3 at Fenway.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Free-agent-to-be Alan Branch told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Friday morning that his love for football has been "revamped" since joining the Patriots in 2014. It sounds like he prefers a return to New England in 2017 but also said in the interview, "If it's a significant difference (financially), sometimes it's hard to say no."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts took grounders at third base today to prep for position switch with shortstop-stocked Netherlands in World Baseball Classic. "Bogey sees himself as a shortstop," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who noted "this is for a short period of time vs. a career change."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell on Joe Kelly's full-court shooting exploits: "That's a long strike. It's not part of the throwing program, but still, a hell of a throw."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

About that full-court shot that made SportsCenter, Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly guessed he has done it "maybe a handful" of times in his life. It took him three tries Thursday night after game at Florida Gulf Coast, Chris Sale's alma mater. No, Kelly didn't play basketball in high school in California.

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Pastrnak breaks stick on one-timer goal in win (0:41)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Given he's coming back from shoulder surgery, Pablo Sandoval admits he shouldn't have slid headfirst into second on third-inning double vs. Northeastern, but you know, instincts. "You don't think about it. You hustle and you don't think to dive like that."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell said it was "disappointing" to see Rusney Castillo jog down line on double play grounder, not only because he lost track of number of outs but also because he doesn't have spot on team.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Positive first game for Blake Swihart, who didn't have issues in three innings behind plate and tested surgically repaired ankle by scoring from first on double. Ditto for Sam Travis (homer) in return from knee surgery.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Landon Dombrowski, son of Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, going through pop-up drills. Landon has been working out all week with Sox catchers.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Pedro Martínez junto a Christian Vázquez en "Fenway South".

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Because of longer spring training, David Price, Chris Sale and Rick Porcello won't make their first Grapefruit League starts until latter part of next week. All three Red Sox aces are slated for six spring starts.

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Rickard Rakell shines in Ducks win (0:40)

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."