Sale sharp in sim game, set to start Monday

Lefty ace enjoying first Spring Training with Red Sox

Sale sharp in sim game, set to start Monday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As far as simulations go, Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale had no complaints with Wednesday's 38-pitch session from the main mound at JetBlue Park.

Facing teammates Dan Butler and Steve Selsky, the lefty displayed his filthy arsenal in preparation for his anticipated first Grapefruit League start for his new team Monday in West Palm Beach against the Astros.

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Hanley may undergo more testing on shoulder

Slated to join DR at Classic on Friday, Red Sox DH dealing with soreness

Hanley may undergo more testing on shoulder

SARASOTA, Fla. -- There has been no change in the sore right shoulder that has slowed Hanley Ramirez early in Spring Training, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday morning. Ramirez is scheduled to leave camp Friday to join the Dominican Republic team in preparation for the World Baseball Classic.

"It would be safe to say if no improvements or ramping up in the throwing program in the next 24-48 hours, additional testing is probably needed at that point," Farrell said. "But as of today, no revelations in any way."

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Young stars join classic Red Sox-Yankees rivalry

Iconic franchises adding elite homegrown talent to AL East landscape

Young stars join classic Red Sox-Yankees rivalry

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The rivalry goes through different stages. The upcoming chapter features exciting young players who have come up through their respective farm systems.

And as the Red Sox and Yankees met for the first time in 2017 with a Grapefruit League game on Tuesday -- New York won, 5-4 -- it was interesting to hear Yanks manager Joe Girardi's enthusiasm for the way the Boston prospects have developed into impact players.

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On comeback trail, Sandoval's shoulder OK

On comeback trail, Sandoval's shoulder OK

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Each day, Pablo Sandoval's surgically repaired left shoulder feels a little stronger.

Playing for the second consecutive day for the first time this spring, Sandoval roped two hits in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Yankees, including an RBI double in which he went the other way to left-center.

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Following sim game, Price to start Sunday

Red Sox left-hander focused on this year, not last season

Following sim game, Price to start Sunday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Price is so over last year that he isn't talking about it. Instead, all his focus is on a stronger second season with the Red Sox and taking all the necessary steps that will help him get there.

On Tuesday, that process included a 38-pitch simulated game in preparation for his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday against the Braves.

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Panda notches two hits; Travis goes deep

Panda notches two hits; Travis goes deep

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Greg Bird walloped two homers to lead the split-squad Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox in Tuesday afternoon's rivalry matchup at JetBlue Park.

Pablo Sandoval continued to look strong in his comeback from left shoulder surgery, ripping two hits for the Red Sox, including an RBI double to left-center. Sam Travis, the Red Sox's No. 4 prospect, belted a solo homer off the bench.

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Bogaerts set for long journey to South Korea

Red Sox shortstop will shift to third for Team Netherlands in Classic

Bogaerts set for long journey to South Korea

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is now ready for liftoff to the World Baseball Classic.

After belting two hits in a 7-2 loss to the Cardinals on Monday, Bogaerts geared up for Tuesday's all-day flight to South Korea, where he will join his Netherlands teammates.

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Tate Matheny gets to play vs. father's Cardinals

Red Sox prospect brought over from Minor League camp for spring game

Tate Matheny gets to play vs. father's Cardinals

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny always takes the road trip when his team plays split-squad games in Spring Training. But this time, there was a sweet reward for his near three-hour journey across the state of Florida.

Red Sox manager John Farrell selected Tate Matheny (Mike's son) as one of the Minor League extras to come off the bench for Monday's Grapefruit League game, a 7-2 win by the split-squad Cardinals.

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Moreland stays hot for Red Sox vs. Cards

Moreland stays hot for Red Sox vs. Cards

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jose Martinez, who is trying to win a bench spot for the Cardinals, clubbed a pair of two-run homers to fuel his split squad to a 7-2 victory over the Red Sox on Monday afternoon at JetBlue Park.

Cards right-hander Michael Wacha made his first spring start, scattered four hits while allowing one unearned run and a walk with two strikeouts against a solid Red Sox lineup.

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Hanley hopes shoulder heals in time for Classic

Red Sox slugger slated to join Dominican Republic team Friday

Hanley hopes shoulder heals in time for Classic

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Slowed by a sore right shoulder early in Spring Training, Hanley Ramirez will use the coming days to determine whether he can stick with his original plan of playing in the World Baseball Classic.

"I don't know," Ramirez said. "[Red Sox manager] John [Farrell] told me we'll talk about it and what's the best thing for me and the team. So let's see what happens."

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Leon likely to start, but has to improve at plate

Vazquez, Swihart also competing to catch for Red Sox

Leon likely to start, but has to improve at plate

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Sandy Leon remains the front-runner to be the catcher for the Red Sox on Opening Day. But before making a final decision, manager John Farrell would like to see the switch-hitter get back to the offensive approach he had in June and July before slumping down the stretch.

"I think the workload started to get to him late in the season and we saw him expand the strike zone more than he did in the earlier months," said Farrell. "So he would have the lead on that position right now clearly, but we'd like to see that disciplined strike zone that he demonstrated early on be maintained."

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40 winks: Red Sox seek edge with sleep room

New York-based Bedgear will outfit room with custom-made bedding

40 winks: Red Sox seek edge with sleep room

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox are chasing every possible advantage both on and off the field for 2017, and that search has extended all the way beyond waking hours.

In an effort to help their players be as well prepared for every game as possible, the Red Sox are upgrading their "sleep room" at Fenway Park and outfitting each player to sleep better at home by forming a partnership with Begear.

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Swihart regaining comfort behind plate

Swihart regaining comfort behind plate

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Blake Swihart enjoyed another solid outing behind the plate and with the bat in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Rays. The Red Sox catcher caught five innings and went 1-for-2 with a walk before being replaced by Jake DePew.

"It's been a long time since I played," Swihart said. "Early in the count, I'm just trying to see pitches and get my timing down. I'm seeing them pretty well."

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Velazquez shows poise in first big league outing

Velazquez shows poise in first big league outing

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Hector Velazquez couldn't help but crack a smile during a 10-minute interview with a Spanish-language television network after his first big league spring outing in the Red Sox's 7-3 loss to the Rays on Sunday afternoon.

"These guys, I've watched them on TV, and to be here now today and playing for them, it's exciting," Velazquez said. "It's exciting to be part of this team."

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Porcello throws 37 pitches in simulated game

Porcello throws 37 pitches in simulated game

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Rick Porcello threw two scoreless innings in a simulated game on Sunday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

The 2016 American League Cy Young Award winner threw 37 pitches and allowed two hits and a walk while striking out three. Sandy Leon caught for Porcello, who threw to Xander Bogaerts six times, Steve Selsky twice and Dan Butler once.

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Hernandez, Dominguez jump-start offense vs. Rays

Hernandez, Dominguez jump-start offense vs. Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Chris Archer set the tone for the Rays on Sunday in a 7-3 win over the Red Sox at Charlotte Sports Park.

Making his first start of the spring, Archer allowed no runs on a hit and a walk in two innings. He added an exclamation point to his performance by striking out Bryce Brentz with a 95-mph fastball on the final pitch of his outing.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Leading man: Pedroia fine batting first

Prototypical No. 2 hitter club's best fit to set tone at plate

Leading man: Pedroia fine batting first

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Somewhere along the line, a perception started that Dustin Pedroia didn't like to lead off.

But the Red Sox's team leader will bat first from the start this season and is looking forward to it.

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Betts notches two hits, scores twice in debut

Betts notches two hits, scores twice in debut

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox made JetBlue Park look like it was Fenway Park in the middle of the summer, riding a strong offensive attack en route to an 8-7 victory over the Twins on Saturday afternoon.

The Twins had plenty of firepower also, riding a second straight strong performance by Byungho Park, who is trying to win a roster spot after being designated for assignment in the offseason.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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Thornburg shakes off shaky appearance

Thornburg shakes off shaky appearance

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox fans don't need to worry about new setup man Tyler Thornburg's rough Grapefruit League debut in an 8-7 win against the Twins on Saturday.

For Thornburg, it wouldn't even feel like Spring Training to him if he didn't struggle. And as his track record shows, he'll be there when the games count for real.

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Tiant wants to know what #SaltBae is

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Tiant wants to know what #SaltBae is

Luis Tiant is 76 years old. When he made his Major League debut with the Indians, Lyndon Johnson was the President of the United States, The Four Seasons were on top of the Billboard charts and a gallon of gas cost 30 cents. 

He's been around for a while, is what we're saying. His meme knowledge isn't exactly exhaustive -- he predates the Internet by several decades after all. So, when Mookie Betts celebrated a single during Saturday's 8-7 win over the Twins with a pinch of salt ...

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Sale to make Red Sox debut March 6

Seeking rotation spot, Rodriguez faces Rays on Thursday

Sale to make Red Sox debut March 6

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pitching plans are taking shape for the Red Sox.

New ace Chris Sale is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut on March 6 at West Palm Beach against the Astros.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Papi gone, Sox to be aggressive on bases

With Papi gone, Sox to be aggressive on bases

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Without David Ortiz's bat in the middle of the lineup, Red Sox manager John Farrell will encourage his team to be more aggressive on the bases.

In particular, Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts probably could have stolen more bases in recent years, but moving runners into scoring position with Ortiz up would lessen the chances of opponents pitching to him. Rookie Andrew Benintendi will likely bat second against right-handers and he has good speed. Jackie Bradley Jr. is another player Farrell expects will run more.

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Still a rookie, Benintendi not seen as one by Sox

Outfielder, 22, could win AL award after impressing teammates in brief 2016 stint

Still a rookie, Benintendi not seen as one by Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He is here from the beginning this season, and Andrew Benintendi could make it one to remember.

No Red Sox player has won the American League Rookie of the Year Award since Dustin Pedroia 10 years ago. And perhaps no Boston player was as well-positioned to win the award in the last decade as Benintendi is now.

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Hanley has 1 of Sox's 2 hits, Owens scuffles vs. Mets

Hanley has 1 of Sox's 2 hits, Owens scuffles vs. Mets

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Three Mets pitchers combined to no-hit the Red Sox for six innings before Hanley Ramirez rifled a double into the gap in right-center to open the bottom of the seventh of New York's 3-2 victory over Boston on Friday at JetBlue Park.

Michael Conforto, who is trying to carve out a role in a crowded outfield, roped a solo homer to right in the third inning of the Grapefruit League opener for both teams.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Bogaerts gets work in at temporary home at third

All-Star shortstop prepping for move to his right during World Baseball Classic

Bogaerts gets work in at temporary home at third

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was early on Friday morning, and Xander Bogaerts was back at his brief home of third base.

The latest chapter at third is a temp job. Bogaerts will play there for the Netherlands in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Red Sox infield instructor Brian Butterfield helped him get ready for the assignment by drilling him grounders.

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Workman makes long-awaited return from surgery

More than 20 months later, Red Sox pitcher throws scoreless frame in spring game

Workman makes long-awaited return from surgery

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brandon Workman waited a long time for this day. More than 20 months removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the right-hander finally pitched in a game for the Red Sox.

It didn't matter that it was a Grapefruit League game against the Mets, which the Red Sox lost, 3-2, on Friday.

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