Farrell: Sox to delay Big 3's Grapefruit debuts

Price, Sale, Porcello to pitch simulated games over next week

Farrell: Sox to delay Big 3's Grapefruit debuts

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox won't send their big three to the mound in Grapefruit League games for roughly another week, manager John Farrell said Thursday morning.

And before Rick Porcello, David Price and Chris Sale pitch in games, they will throw simulated games.

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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.

Report: Papi could join NESN broadcasts

Retired slugger was commentator for FOX during 2014 World Series

Report: Papi could join NESN broadcasts

David Ortiz is enjoying retirement. That much is clear, especially after the former slugger posted a long video on Twitter over the weekend of himself enjoying his vacation.

But Ortiz is expected to make an appearance at Red Sox camp at some point during Spring Training, and fans shouldn't be surprised if they hear his voice adding commentary to some Boston games this season.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox exec Steward paved unique path

Longtime front-office staffer became first African-American woman in her position

Red Sox exec Steward paved unique path

Elaine Steward's path as a pioneer for African-American women in baseball began in one of the most chance ways imaginable. As a teen, Steward was hired by Mets outfielder Felix Millan as a babysitter.

That was how Steward became interested in the game she's now spent her entire professional career working in, nearly all of it for the Boston Red Sox.

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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.

Pomeranz, Wright may round out rotation

Barring injuries, Boston's back end could feature 2016 All-Stars

Pomeranz, Wright may round out rotation

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With all the attention on the top three pitchers in the Red Sox rotation this spring, it is easy to forget that the team will likely feature a pair of All-Stars on the back end, too.

Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright are competing to fill out the rotation behind David Price, Rick Porcello and Chris Sale this spring. Both Pomeranz and Wright were named All-Stars in 2016, both come into camp with serious question marks about their health to start the season and both are about a week behind in their throwing schedules.

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Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in Fort Myers. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Johnson to start Thursday exhibition opener

Bogaerts, Betts in lineup for matchup vs. Northeastern

Johnson to start Thursday exhibition opener

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brian Johnson will be the first starter of 2017 for the Red Sox. Sort of.

The former first-round pick (31st overall) out of the University of Florida will take the mound when Boston hosts Northeastern University at JetBlue Park on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in Fort Myers. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Glove love: Pedroia, Sox revel in Glove Day

Event especially exciting for 2nd baseman, whose son will use mitt named after him

Glove love: Pedroia, Sox revel in Glove Day

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was 7:30 on Tuesday morning, and Dustin Pedroia was hollering with the enthusiasm he usually saves for after a Red Sox win.

This time, his excitement was for Wilson Glove Day, the day when several Boston players got their new gloves from the noted glove manufacturer.

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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.

Red Sox set for team-building 'Patriots Day' viewing

Farrell feels it's 'important for our guys to understand what we've gone through'

Red Sox set for team-building 'Patriots Day' viewing

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After Wednesday's workout, the Red Sox will head to a local movie theater for some team building.

The film of choice is "Patriots Day," and it will hit home to anyone that has Boston on their uniform.

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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.

Farrell embraces potential rule changes

Manager on board with possible pitch clock, other ideas that could speed up game

Farrell embraces potential rule changes

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager John Farrell sounds ready to embrace any of the potential rule changes that could be in store to speed up the game, including a pitch clock, although according to Commissioner Rob Manfred, there are no meaningful changes in store for 2017.

Currently, there is a clock for the pitchers to warm up between innings.

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Sox savor Sale's skills in first live BP of spring

Young: 'It's a lot more fun facing him knowing he's your teammate'

Sox savor Sale's skills in first live BP of spring

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox who stepped in against Chris Sale for Monday's live batting practice session got a glimpse of what American League East hitters are going to have to deal with regularly this season.

The most apt word? Nasty.

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Anthony Castrovince

Mookie the embodiment of a perfectionist

Mookie the embodiment of a perfectionist

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- We saw him in his other natural environment over the weekend, the six-strike string he put together in Chris Paul's Celebrity Invitational Charity Bowling Tournament that finished with a Larry Bird-like lookaway on the last roll. Mookie Betts in a bowling alley is arguably as enthralling as Mookie Betts on a baseball field.

"I've done it for a long time," Betts said, "so I just try to have fun with it."

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Recovering Wright, Pomeranz throw off mound

Pair of 2016 All-Stars competing for spots in crowded Red Sox rotation

Recovering Wright, Pomeranz throw off mound

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For two Red Sox starting pitchers coming off injuries and hoping to win spots in the rotation, Monday was a good day.

Side by side, Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz threw off the mound for the first time this spring. And they both did so with no pain.

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Kennedy has 3 messages for fans on Presidents Day

Kennedy has 3 messages for fans on Presidents Day

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Sam Kennedy grew up a couple of miles from Fenway Park and is entering the second season of his dream job -- president of the Red Sox.

But Kennedy has been a vital part of his hometown team since coming to the franchise in 2002.

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Jim Callis

Breaking down the Red Sox's Top 30 Prospects

Once baseball's best, Boston's thinned-out system still boasts formidable trio

Breaking down the Red Sox's Top 30 Prospects

The Red Sox's farm system looks drastically different since Dave Dombrowski took over as president of baseball operations in August 2015. In his 18 months on the job, Dombrowski has traded away 11 players ranked on MLBPipeline.com's Boston Top 30 Prospects list, including current Top 100 Prospects Yoan Moncada (No. 2), Michael Kopech (No. 16), Manuel Margot (No. 23) and Anderson Espinoza (No. 25).

Those deals helped the Red Sox win the American League East last year and/or positioned them to make an even deeper playoff run in 2017, but they also thinned out a system that ranked as baseball's best when Dombrowski joined the organization. Boston still has a formidable trio of prospects in outfielder Andrew Benintendi (No. 1 on the Top 100), third baseman Rafael Devers (No. 17) and left-hander Jason Groome (No. 41), though there may not be any true difference-makers beyond them.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Price, Sox pleased with first BP session

Young able to take lefty deep; Farrell: 'Good work day'

Price, Sox pleased with first BP session

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As expected, Red Sox lefty David Price looked much farther along than Boston's hitters on the first day of batting practice at the team's practice facility Sunday.

Outfielder Chris Young, the first player to step into the box against Price, did manage to get at least one good swing.

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J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB,com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

David Ortiz is enjoying retirement at the beach

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David Ortiz is enjoying retirement at the beach

Since deciding to retire after the 2016 season, David Ortiz has appeared as himself in amusing television commercials and dropped vague hints about maybe un-retiring and giving this whole baseball thing another go. 

However, Big Papi seems to be enjoying retired life juuuuuust fine, judging by how content and relaxed he seems at his Spring Training, which is code for "lounging around at the beach."

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Panda overhauls righty swing, feeling no pain

Red Sox 3B impresses Farrell in field; Swihart gets good-hearted ribbing

Panda overhauls righty swing, feeling no pain

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval showed off a revamped swing from the right side when he was among the first players to take batting practice at Fenway South on Sunday.

"It doesn't bother me at all to swing the bat, so that is a good sign," Sandoval said.

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Mookie Betts walked off a bowling game with a strike

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Mookie Betts walked off a bowling game with a strike

Baseball hasn't had a professional two-sport athlete since Drew Henson played in eight games with the Yankees in 2002-03 and nine others with the Cowboys and Lions. Mookie Betts could be the latest. Instead of football, Betts is a star bowler. After appearing in the World Series of Bowling and tossing a perfect game last winter, Betts took part in Chris Paul's annual Celebrity Invitational Charity Bowling Tournament. 

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Castillo, Craig hoping to get back on radar this spring

Castillo, Craig hoping to get back on radar this spring

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In different ways, they were both prominent in the not-too-distant past.

On Saturday morning, they went about their Spring Training work together in relative anonymity on Field 5 with the other non-roster position players at Red Sox camp.

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Sox add organizational starting depth with Velazquez

Sox add organizational starting depth with Velazquez

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox added some organizational depth by purchasing the contract of right-hander Hector Velazquez from the Mexican League. The deal is pending a physical. Assuming Velazquez passes the physical, he will receive an invitation to Major League camp.

The 28-year-old Velazquez most recently pitched in Mayos de Navojoa in the Mexican Pacific Winter League, going 9-3 with a 2.32 ERA in 14 starts.

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Sox open camp ready to address 'unfinished business'

After ALDS exit in '16, club has sights set on deep October run

Sox open camp ready to address 'unfinished business'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- About 90 minutes before the Red Sox bounded out to the fields of Fenway South as a full squad for the first time, they took some time to acknowledge and embrace the high expectations that will follow the club around all season.

Manager John Farrell led the annual staff and player meeting, which also included some words of encouragement from chairman Tom Werner and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

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Swihart working out kinks in move back to catcher

Red Sox backstop, competing for roster spot, trying to shorten up throws

Swihart working out kinks in move back to catcher

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Blake Swihart, who is back behind the plate after moving to left field last season, is having some trouble with his throwing mechanics in the early days of Red Sox Spring Training.

During Friday's first full-squad workout, Swihart airmailed Rick Porcello while throwing back to the mound during a side session, and he appeared to be hesitating or double-clutching at other times.

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Werner hopes Papi makes Spring Training appearance

Ortiz, ownership in process of defining slugger's future role with Red Sox

Werner hopes Papi makes Spring Training appearance

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- While the Red Sox continue to iron out the details on David Ortiz's future role, chairman Tom Werner expressed hope that the retired slugger will appear at some point during Spring Training to speak to the team.

Considering the large shadow that Big Papi casts, it isn't a surprise that he hasn't been around during the early stages of camp. The 2017 Red Sox need to establish an identity without their long-time DH.

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Werner, Henry want to own Sox for many more years

Werner, Henry want to own Sox for many more years

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Later this month, Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their purchase of the team.

It has been a memorable run that has included three World Series championships, and neither owner seems inclined to step away any time soon.

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Sandoval: 'I have to prove everything'

Following strict offseason training regimen, third baseman needs to earn back position

Sandoval: 'I have to prove everything'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who spent much of his offseason on a ramped-up training regimen that included boxing, could probably say he is now at his fighting weight.

Though Thursday marked Sandoval's official arrival at camp, he spent much of his winter training in relative solitude at the Fenway South facility.

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Hanley on Papi's legacy: 'Keep that rolling'

Ramirez drawing inspiration from close friend Ortiz as he takes over at DH

Hanley on Papi's legacy: 'Keep that rolling'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hanley Ramirez arrived at Spring Training on Thursday sporting a tribute to one of his best friends.

The veteran wore a T-shirt that said "Big Papi's walkoffs" -- only this time, David Ortiz truly did walk off. And as painful as it is for Ramirez to say, he advises everyone not to expect a comeback from the legendary slugger who retired at the end of 2016.

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