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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Blake Swihart has been optioned to Triple-A, leaving Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez as Red Sox's catching tandem. The move makes sense considering Leon and Vazquez are out of options. Also, after missing most of last season, catching every day in Triple-A will be beneficial to Swihart.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Though hitting .152 this spring Jason Heyward has done some good things late in camp including a 3 walk day on Sunday after hitting his second home run of the month on Saturday. From the start Heyward committed himself to swinging at strikes no matter what kind of frustration came with his batting average. A higher walk total this season would be a step in the right direction for Heyward.

ESPN Staff  

Patriots coach Bill Belichick stopped by Diamondbacks' spring training on Sunday and visited with Chief Baseball Analyst Tony La Russa.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon talk about closer Wade Davis who has a 19.64 spring era. He says he's not worried because the velocity is there and Davis is healthy.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees released LHP Jon Niese.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox remain "hopeful" of Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) playing first base before end of spring training but also realistic that camp breaks in four days, manager John Farrell says. As such, utilityman Josh Rutledge is getting reps at first base, too, as righty-hitting platoon partner for Mitch Moreland.