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Boston bids farewell to JBJ, looks ahead

Cora: Bradley Jr. 'a solid player, better person'
1:11 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As Jackie Bradley Jr. gets ready to join the Brewers after agreeing on a two-year, $24 million deal (according to a source), he leaves behind years of indelible moments with the Red Sox. The circus catches over walls that saved many runs and several games. The

Sawamura throws bullpen session at JetBlue

March 3, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hirokazu Sawamura, the right-hander from Japan who brings great intrigue with him to Spring Training, put his Red Sox uniform on for the first time Wednesday morning at JetBlue Park. Not long after that, Sawamura went to one of the mounds in front of the clubhouse

Inaugural Lou Gehrig Day set for June 2

New annual event to celebrate Iron Horse, raise funds in battle against ALS
@castrovince
10:00 AM EST

Lou Gehrig, the man who was once a permanent fixture in the New York Yankees lineup, now has a permanent place on the Major League calendar. June 2 will hereby be known as “Lou Gehrig Day,” Major League Baseball announced Thursday. The annual, league-wide event will be a time not

Notes: Pivetta debuts, Dalbec shows power

No. 4 prospect Mata to undergo MRI; Red Sox take it slow with Bogaerts
March 3, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Nick Pivetta’s quest to start over with the Red Sox is off to a good start. In his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday, Pivetta gave up a wind-blown solo homer to Mitch Garver, but he was otherwise sharp in a two-inning performance in which he retired

Dalbec 'in better position' ahead of 2021

March 2, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As a top power-hitting prospect, Bobby Dalbec spent his first two Spring Trainings with the Red Sox absorbing everything he could so he would be ready once he got the chance to hold down a position in the Major Leagues. That opportunity is now right in

Breaking down the AL East rotations

@BryanHoch
March 3, 2021

From the proven big-name aces to the dark-horse contenders and everyone in-between, the American League East is stocked with terrific starting pitching talent -- though every team would love to add an arm or two more. As we continue our Around the Horn series, let's take a closer look at

Dalbec, Duran among top performers

@Kelsie_Heneghan
March 3, 2021

Wander Franco’s first hit of the year was fit for a crowned prince. MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 overall prospect drilled a loud blast to right for the Rays, while fellow Top 100 prospects Jarred Kelenic, Bobby Dalbec and Taylor Trammell also homered. Franco had been 0-for-5 through his first two

Tell us about your favorite baseball card

February 22, 2021

This year, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Topps’ first set of baseball cards, MLB.com will revisit the most memorable cards to ever hit shelves. To identify the creme de la creme of cards, MLB is asking you -- the card holders -- to share your favorites. Fans can share

Prospect Rio Gomez on dad Pedro's support

@_dadler
March 2, 2021

It's an emotional spring for Red Sox prospect Rio Gomez, whose father, beloved national baseball reporter Pedro Gomez, died unexpectedly last month at age 58. On Tuesday, Gomez joined the broadcast of Boston's Spring Training game against the Rays on ESPN, the network where his father covered Major League Baseball

Whitlock's spring debut 'a good first step'

Pérez tosses two scoreless; Hernández, Duran go back-to-back
March 2, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For the first time in 18 months, Garrett Whitlock stepped on the mound and pitched in a baseball game. Add that to the fact that it was the first time Whitlock had pitched in an MLB Spring Training game and that it was his debut for

Richards: 'I know I still have good stuff'

Despite rocky debut, righty confident he's 'trending in the right direction'
March 1, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- If you were looking for evidence that free-agent acquisition Garrett Richards is going to be the No. 3 starter the Red Sox need him to be and project him to be, Monday wasn't your day. But a first Grapefruit League start with a new team isn't

Yorke singles in first AB: 'Baseball is fun'

March 1, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The postgame Zoom session with the youngest player in Red Sox camp opened with an introduction. "I'm Nick Yorke and I'm here and ready for questions," said Boston's first-round pick (17th overall) from the 2020 Draft. Here is a question: How does an 18-year-old kid so

Bogaerts' shoulder sore; closing thoughts

March 1, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox shortstop and team leader Xander Bogaerts didn't play in the first two Grapefruit League games, and it could be a bit before he makes his debut this spring. The reason? Right shoulder soreness. "We do feel that he's progressing right now," said Red Sox

Sox as excited about Cora's return as he is

February 28, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was just after 1 p.m. on Sunday when Red Sox manager Alex Cora lined up with his players for the national anthem at Hammond Stadium. A couple of minutes later, he ran out to home plate for the exchange of lineup cards with his Twins

Notes: Youth power; Kiké hits 1st; Nate's heat

February 28, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Perhaps by next Spring Training or the one after, Jeter Downs will be spending his time in camp cementing a full-time job with the Red Sox. In his current development phase, the team’s No. 1 prospect as rated by MLB Pipeline gets the chance to make

Downs, Dalbec homer in Grapefruit opener

@tylermaun
February 28, 2021

Baseball’s top prospects are back in action, and the best of the best lived up to the billing on Sunday, as four Top 100 prospects went deep in Spring Training openers. Jazz Chisholm kicked off the young stars’ return with a bang. The No. 66 overall prospect in the game

2020? HS classroom. '21? Spring Training

18-year-old Yorke ready to outwork vets, impress staff
February 26, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It is a little after 8 a.m. on a beautiful Friday in late February, and Nick Yorke is sitting in a seat halfway up the Green Monster with a perfect view of JetBlue Park, where he hopes to do some damage in his first Major League

Every team's most valuable player -- literally

@williamfleitch
February 28, 2021

One of the best things about baseball is that it’s always just one chapter in a larger story. One season is a smaller bit of a whole career, with ebbs and flows and highs and lows. And if you’re a fan of a particular team, that story is ongoing and

Notes: Barnes a closer?; Sox pitching plan

February 27, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was nearly a decade ago -- June 2011 -- that the Red Sox took a hard-throwing starting pitcher from UConn with the 19th overall pick in the MLB Draft. It was a compensatory pick for Victor Martinez leaving as a free agent to sign with

Sox Spring Training FAQs, important dates

February 18, 2021

After a busy offseason in which they rehired their former manager (Alex Cora) and also acquired several new roster pieces, the Red Sox are excited to get back to work and turn last season's 24-36 finish into a distant memory. While Boston will be overlooked by most prognosticators going into

Notes: Vázquez eyes Gold Glove, 'Tek cameo

February 26, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- At 30 years old, Christian Vázquez has never felt better. And his goal is to make sure that reflects in the way he plays this season. “I’m lighter,” said Vázquez. “I feel better, and I’m moving better behind the plate. I feel 10 years younger. It

The best baseball caps ever, by team

Thirty of the most perfect lids in history
@michaelsclair
February 26, 2021

If baseball is the national pastime, then the humble baseball cap is its logo. Children run all summer under sweat-stained bills, office workers toss on ballcaps as they flee to catch mid-day games and every superhero knows you need a cap to blend in with the crowd. It's a shorthand

Center or right, Dugie to bring energy as vet

February 25, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Last year, Alex Verdugo enthusiastically came to camp as the new guy in a Red Sox outfield that still included Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. This year, Verdugo comes in as the last man standing. At 24 years old, he is the longest-tenured member of

Red Sox announce Fenway reopening plans

February 25, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When the Red Sox open their season against the Orioles on April 1, there will be fans in the stands at Fenway Park. In conjunction with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement on Thursday that the state is entering Phase 4 of its reopening plan on March