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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."


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.

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11hJim Bowden

Baseball's best spring training job battles

The Dodgers' choice between Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier is just one of this year's old-fashioned camp competitions. Who's battling where and who wins?

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Cubs favored to win back-to-back titles

It took the Chicago Cubs 108 years to break their World Series title drought, but Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gives them the highest odds to be repeat champions this year.

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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2dCraig Edwards

A new strike zone would help Sale

No pitcher is better prepared to adapt to a potential new strike zone than Chris Sale.


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.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts will play third base in the World Baseball Classic, according to what the Red Sox have been told by Netherlands manager Hensley Meulens. Bogaerts leaves for WBC games in South Korea on Feb. 28.

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Giants sign IF Hill to minor league contract

Infielder Aaron Hill has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants and would get a $2 million, one-year deal if he makes the 40-man roster.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner on the Chris Sale trade and the balance of trading elite prospects for an established star:

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Although the Red Sox have not yet settled on a post-playing role for David Ortiz, chairman Tom Werner said it will be "a role that (Ortiz) will principally define but that will be important."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

How does Red Sox principal owner John Henry define a successful season? "We want every September and October to be meaningful." Henry added that ownership is "focused on that fourth ring as much as we were on the first."

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average4.009th
Quality Starts87Tied-5th
Batting Average.2821st
On Base Percentage.3481st
Slugging Percentage.4611st

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