Inbox: What will hitting coach Davis bring to Red Sox?

Beat reporter Ian Browne fields Boston fans' questions

Inbox: What will hitting coach Davis bring to Red Sox?

I'm excited about the Chili Davis hire. How do you feel his approach to the offensive side of the ball will help the Red Sox this year?
-- Steve J., Ridgewood, N.J.

Davis should do an excellent job with the Red Sox. Not only is he known for having a great work ethic, but Davis has the type of enthusiasm that is infectious for young players. Look at the success he had with some of the younger hitters he tutored with the Oakland Athletics.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox land lefty Ross from Rangers for Ranaudo

Red Sox land lefty Ross from Rangers for Ranaudo

Robbie Ross Jr. was about to begin a yoga class Tuesday afternoon when he got a career-altering phone call.

Ross and his wife had just walked into the class when his cell phone rang. He grabbed his phone to turn it off, but Ross saw the call was coming from Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. Just like that, the left-hander found out he'd been traded from Texas to Boston.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Panda hits a half-court shot sitting down

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Panda hits a half-court shot sitting down

Pablo Sandoval is an accomplished professional baseball player. He is a two-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion and, this past offseason, a highly coveted free agent who ended up signing a five-year deal with the Red Sox. But that isn't enough. He wants to conquer the world of trick-shot basketball, too.

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Former Red Sox bullpen coach Bryant passes away

Former Red Sox bullpen coach Don "Bear" Bryant passed away on Jan. 22 in Gainesville, Fla. He was 73 years old.

Bryant was the bullpen coach for the Red Sox from 1974-76, which included the American League pennant-winning '75 squad. He was also a coach in the '76 All-Star Game.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Marty Noble

Gripping tale: Monbouquette left lasting memory

Gripping tale: Monbouquette left lasting memory

NEW YORK -- They were dark days for the Red Sox then, 1958-66. And oh, how I enjoyed them. I was a Yankees fan, a Mickey Mantle devotee, living just off the intersection of Tremont Avenue and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. Fifteen cents and 15 minutes could get me to Yankee Stadium and often did.

The Sox seldom had done me wrong, but Ted Williams had denied Mantle a second straight batting title in 1957, and to a 9-year-old, that was a felony. I hated Williams for that indiscretion, and my hatred for him was transferred to all things BoSox. I couldn't like Carl Yastrzemski, Pete Runnels, Frank Malzone or Dick Radatz or that kid pitcher with the long, funny name -- Monbouquette.

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Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beloved former Boston pitcher Monbouquette dies

Massachusetts native, eight-year Sox vet passes away at 78 after battle with leukemia

Beloved former Boston pitcher Monbouquette dies

Bill Monbouquette -- a Medford, Mass., native and Red Sox legend -- died on Sunday at age 78 after a long battle with leukemia.

Monbouquette, who pitched eight seasons for the Red Sox from 1958-65, tossed a no-hitter in 1962 and won 20 games for the club in '63. He was also a three-time All-Star who spent more than 50 years in professional baseball.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Napoli energized, refreshed after sleep apnea surgery

First baseman overcomes condition that prevented him from feeling rested

Napoli energized, refreshed after sleep apnea surgery

LEDYARD, Conn. -- To say Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is energized for the coming season is far from the typical mantra you hear from just about every baseball player at this time of year. The slugger has the energy now that he lacked for close to a decade as he battled a severe case of sleep apnea.

To get to this point wasn't easy. Napoli had major surgery in November to treat his condition, and it might stun you to realize the kind of ordeal it was.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Coyle No. 5 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

Braves' Peraza heads list, followed by White Sox's Johnson, Rockies' Wall

Coyle No. 5 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at the Top 10 prospects at each position.

Graduations to the Major Leagues have taken a heavy toll on this list in the past year. Six of the second basemen on last year's preseason Top 10, including the top four, have lost their rookie eligibility, creating room for several newcomers.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pedroia 'ready to go,' sees Sox rebounding

Second baseman says he's fully recovered from wrist surgery

Pedroia 'ready to go,' sees Sox rebounding

LEDYARD, Conn. -- Dustin Pedroia no longer has any questions about his health, or any doubts about the kind of season he can have in 2015.

The second baseman was even more fired up than usual as he held court during the Red Sox's Winter Weekend at Foxwoods Resort and Casino on Saturday.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Confident Kelly likes his Cy Young chances

Feeling healthy, right-hander makes bold prediction heading into spring

Confident Kelly likes his Cy Young chances

LEDYARD, Conn. -- Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly did something no prognosticator is likely to do in the coming weeks. He picked himself to win the American League's Cy Young Award in 2015.

While Kelly seemed to be having fun by making the bold prediction - first in a radio interview and then in a group session with reporters - he was also showing his competitive fire.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Craig feeling good, ready for action in 2015

Craig feeling good, ready for action in 2015

LEDYARD, Conn. -- Allen Craig was able to say something on Saturday that he couldn't have said with a straight face last year, or late in 2013.

"I feel good," said Craig. "I can't reiterate enough that I feel really good physically and I've had time to lift and just get ready physically and work on some things mechanically. You know, it's been good."

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pumped up Panda sees snow for first time

Third baseman eager to spend time with teammates, heading to camp early

Pumped up Panda sees snow for first time

LEDYARD, Conn. -- It took Pablo Sandoval nearly three decades to see and feel snow for the first time, and that left him feeling like a kid on Christmas morning on Saturday. The discovery only added to Sandoval's excitement about joining the Red Sox.

"First time," said Sandoval, who hails from Venezuela and made his previous baseball home in San Francisco. "As a little kid, you want to play with that. At my age, 28, seeing snow for the first time is the greatest time."

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Henry open to bolstering Red Sox with in-season moves

Revamped roster may undergo more work depending on team's success

Henry open to bolstering Red Sox with in-season moves

LEDYARD, Conn. -- There's still a month or so until Spring Training begins, and therefore plenty of time for general manager Ben Cherington to make further personnel tweaks, but Red Sox principal owner John Henry is pretty happy with the state of the team's roster.

From the starting pitcher trio of Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson to the big bats like Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, Henry is pleased with what Cherington & Co. have done to prepare a rebound from 2014's disappointing season.

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Tim Healey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox owner supports Major League pitch clock

Henry part of committee discussing pace of game

Red Sox owner supports Major League pitch clock

LEDYARD, Conn. -- A pitch clock could be coming to the Major Leagues -- eventually, as far as Red Sox principal owner John Henry can tell.

One of the results of Major League Baseball's pace of game committee -- which was formed in September and included Sox chairman Tom Werner and partner Michael Gordon -- is the implementation of a pitch clock in Triple-A and Double-A games during the 2015 season.

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Tim Healey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Henry backs Boston's 2024 Olympics bid

Red Sox owner unaffiliated with official campaign, open to making Fenway Park available for Games

Henry backs Boston's 2024 Olympics bid

LEDYARD, Conn. -- Count Red Sox principal owner John Henry among the prominent Bostonians in favor of bringing the 2024 Olympics to the Hub.

Henry, speaking at Foxwoods as the club kicked off its "Winter Weekend," said he isn't formally involved with the "Boston 2024" campaign, but he supports what the organization is trying to do.

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Tim Healey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cherington: Content with rotation, no plans to add ace

Noting pricey free-agent market, GM says Sox's starters have 'untapped potential'

Cherington: Content with rotation, no plans to add ace

BOSTON -- Though James Shields remains a free agent and Cole Hamels still hasn't been traded by the Phillies, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington isn't expecting to make a marquee pitching acquisition before Spring Training.

The Red Sox made their bid for Jon Lester (six years, $135 million), and once that fell short, they deepened the rotation by adding Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson. They'll likely join Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pedro honored with prestigious Fuchs Award

Former Red Sox great, Hall of Fame inductee thanks teammates, fans

Pedro honored with prestigious Fuchs Award

BOSTON -- Just hours after it was revealed that Pedro Martinez will go into the Hall of Fame with a Red Sox logo on his plaque, the icon stood in front of his fans to receive another honor.

Martinez received the Judge Emil Fuchs Award for his long and meritorious service to the game at Thursday night's Boston Baseball Writers Dinner.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hal Bodley

Red Sox set for another worst-to-first rebound

Coming off tough 2014 season, Boston built to contend for AL East in '15

Red Sox set for another worst-to-first rebound

Start with this: When it comes to defending a World Series championship, the 2014 Red Sox were one of the worst in baseball history.

In 2012, the cloud over Red Sox Nation was as dark as it gets. Boston was dreadful, finishing dead last in the tough American League East. But from the depths of despair and 93 losses, the Red Sox picked up the pieces, rebuilt the team and roared to the top of the division and polished off the stunned Cardinals in the 2013 World Series.

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Hal Bodley is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Victorino is texting manager photos of his abs

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Victorino is texting manager photos of his abs

The offseason makes everyone a little crazy. The players are hungry to start playing again, the managers are making lineup cards out of to-do lists and fans are scrounging around under the couch looking for any taste of baseball they can find.

Shane Victorino is dealing with his cabin fever a little differently. Namely, he's texting his manager, John Farrell, photos of his abs. Which hey, if you've got 'em, show 'em off. 

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Betts happy to stay with Red Sox

Outfielder honored as club's Minor League Player of the Year

Betts happy to stay with Red Sox

BOSTON -- If the Red Sox had dealt for a front-line pitcher this winter, they might have had to trade the five-tool talent of Mookie Betts.

But the outfielder stayed put, and he was in Boston on Thursday night to collect an award -- the Minor League Player of the Year for the Red Sox in 2014.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pedro, Biggio, Smoltz select Hall of Fame caps

Martinez's plaque will feature a Red Sox logo; other two pick longtime clubs

Pedro, Biggio, Smoltz select Hall of Fame caps

The Hall of Fame has announced the cap selections for the plaques of recent electees Craig Biggio, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, with all three players choosing the teams they spent the most time with during their careers.

Biggio, who played his entire 20-year career in Houston, will wear the Astros cap; Martinez, who spent seven of his 18 seasons in Boston, will wear a Red Sox cap; and Smoltz, who spent 20 of his 21 years in Atlanta, will don a Braves hat.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cherington: Motivated Victorino 'a very good thing'

GM says potential logjam in outfield gives Red Sox more possibilities

Cherington: Motivated Victorino 'a very good thing'

BOSTON -- If a healthy Shane Victorino causes a logjam in the outfield, the Red Sox would be all for it. The right fielder, who played an instrumental role in the World Series championship of 2013, is on the mend following back surgery, and he is expected to be a full-go for Spring Training.

"I think a motivated Shane Victorino out to prove something is a very good thing, for him and the Red Sox," general manager Ben Cherington said prior to Thursday's Boston Baseball Writers Dinner. "So I'm just excited to see him. I think we'll see him later this week. We know what kind of player he is if he's healthy and on the field. He's certainly done all he needs to do this offseason.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Swihart No. 1 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

Red Sox's Swihart sits atop list, followed by Rangers' Alfaro and Cubs' Schwarber

Swihart No. 1 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though only one catcher (Blake Swihart of the Red Sox) fits in the top 40 spots on MLBPipeline.com's upcoming 2015 Top 100 Prospects list, talent behind the plate actually runs deep. The Minors are teeming with backstops who have the tools to contribute offensively and defensively in the big leagues in the near future. This list could see a lot of turnover a year from now, as Christian Bethancourt figures to be the Braves' starter and Swihart, Kevin Plawecki (Mets) and J.T. Realmuto (Marlins) could be playing regularly in the Majors by season's end.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bogaerts should see better results back at shortstop

Second-year infielder hopes to man position for long time next to Pedroia

Bogaerts should see better results back at shortstop

With the start of Spring Training just a few weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2015 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Red Sox, continuing today with middle infield.

When Dustin Pedroia does his first double-play drill of Spring Training, he might do a double take. Pedroia will flip the ball to Xander Bogaerts, the same shortstop he started and ended last season with.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Owens No. 4 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Dodgers' 18-year-old Urias leads list, followed by White Sox's Rodon, Jays' Norris

Owens No. 4 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though all of the left-handers who ranked on last year's preseason Top 10 are still eligible to be considered for inclusion this year, there are still several new faces on this list. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox reportedly sign left-hander Eveland

Red Sox reportedly sign left-hander Eveland

The Red Sox have reportedly signed left-hander Dana Eveland to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training, according to SB Nation. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Eveland appeared in 30 games for the Mets last year, posting a 2.63 ERA over 27 1/3 innings.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: What value does Craig add to Red Sox?

Beat reporter Ian Browne fields Boston fans' questions

Inbox: What value does Craig add to Red Sox?

After all of the rumors surrounding Allen Craig, what do you think his role with the Red Sox is, if any? I think he is in for a bounceback season and can take over first base if Mike Napoli departs in free agency after the season.
-- Drew H., Derby, Conn.

It's hard to see where Craig fits at this point and time. The Red Sox have Napoli at first and an overcrowded outfield even without Craig. For depth at first and the outfield, they have Daniel Nava and Brock Holt. I think that there could be some trade interest in Craig, but teams would like to monitor him in Spring Training to see if he's swinging the bat better and moving better than he was last year. You do make a good point about Craig being a better fit for Boston in 2016 than '15, since both Napoli and Shane Victorino could become free agents after this season.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Panda says he left money on the table in SF

Third baseman also guarantees AL East title for Red Sox in radio interview

Panda says he left money on the table in SF

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio he didn't let the Giants make a final offer before signing with Boston, and he guaranteed the Red Sox would win the American League East this season.

Sandoval -- who signed a five-year, $95 million contract with a $17 million club option this offseason -- spoke on "The Leadoff Spot" with Steve Phillips and Todd Hollandsworth.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Berry reportedly set to begin second stint with Red Sox

Team signs outfielder to Minor League deal with Spring Training invite

Berry reportedly set to begin second stint with Red Sox

The Red Sox reportedly agreed to a Minor League deal with outfielder Quintin Berry on Saturday that includes an invitation to Spring Training.

The deal is believed to be worth $620,000 if Berry, now in his second stint with Boston, makes the Major League roster.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.