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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kyle Schwarber discuss his first action behind the plate in a game in a year. He caught 4 innings in a minor league affair against the Rockies on Friday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Schwarber caught 4 innings in a minor league game today.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Albert Almora Jr. left Friday's game against Cleveland with "neck tightness" after diving for a ball in centerfield. He's being evaluated.

Jackson Alexander ESPN Editor 

Manager Terry Collins said there's "a good chance" backup Rene Rivera -- not presumed starter Travis d'Arnaud -- will catch Noah Syndergaard on opening day. Syndergaard and d'Arnaud have struggled to control the running game.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

John Farrell called Drew Pomeranz's outing "a big step in the right direction." Expects to get him 2 more spring outings. Then could start the first Sunday of the regular season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts doesn't conceal his preferred batting-order spot -- "I like 2 ... 2 or 3" -- but knows he likely will hit lower for Red Sox, who want a left-handed hitter in the 2-hole between Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts. (On Thursday, Bogaerts batted sixth.) "It is what it is," he said. "As long as I'm in the lineup, I guess."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

More Drew Pomeranz, on why this was a big start: "Even though I've been throwing, today felt like my first real outing, just because I was finally able to get in that position (to execute pitches."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

After 2 rocky innings (3 runs, 5 hits), Drew Pomeranz said "something clicked" in the 3rd. His 2 hitless IP after that were "such a huge relief," he said. Still thinks he can be ready to start season

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Thornburg's race against the calendar continues. After the Red Sox setup man's minor-league inning today (he felt fine), he's due to pitch Monday, then every other day next week, which would give him two more outings before camp breaks and another Friday vs. Nats.

Jackson Alexander ESPN Editor 

Mets ace Noah Syndergaard looked very good in six innings of work vs. the Astros today. He allowed one run, four hits, zero walks and struck out five. Only blemish was allowing four Houston steals, an issue that has plagued him in the past.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

John Farrell hoped to get 60-65 pitches from Drew Pomeranz. Wound up with 49 (4 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 3 K). Farrell said barring "setbacks" Pomeranz "should be (ready) on time."

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