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• The Red Sox released Ryan Sweeney on Saturday, a day after he officially opted out out of his contract. The club also reassigned outfielder Mitch Maier to Triple-A Pawtucket.

• Right-hander John Lackey, who will start the fourth game of the season next Saturday in Toronto, remained in Fort Myers, Fla., when the rest of the team flew to New York. He'll pitch in an intrasquad game Sunday, then rejoin the club.

• The Yankees will be without several prominent names due to injuries when the season opens, including shortstop Derek Jeter, first baseman Mark Teixeira and center fielder Curtis Granderson.

"Regardless of who's in the lineup, you're not taking anything for granted," Boston manager John Farrell said. "Whether it's Teixeira or [Lyle] Overbay at first base, we still have to go out and execute."

Paul Hagen 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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