Rob Bradford

Rob Bradford joined WEEI.com after serving as a Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald and the Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, Mass.). Prior to manning the Red Sox beat, he spent several years at the Lowell Sun. He has written two books: “Chasing Steinbrenner,” following the front offices of the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays through the 2003 season, and “Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Discovering the Champion Within,” which he co-authored with Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

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    Hanley Ramirez (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)
    March 25, 2017 - 8:37 am
    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- While John Farrell spoke to the media Saturday morning, Hanley Ramirez could be seen having a intense discussion with infield instructor Brian Butterfield. A little while later, it was Farrell and Butterfield who were meeting up with Ramirez, with the Sox' cleanup hitter holding...
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    Xander Bogaerts (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)
    March 24, 2017 - 8:10 am
    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The six-hole. It's clearly not where Xander Bogaerts wants to be, but is most likely going to end up. "The only thing is that I'm used to hitting second or third in the past few years, in the first inning. Now, hitting sixth is something I have to adjust to," Bogaerts said. "...
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    Sandy Leon (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)
    March 23, 2017 - 6:26 am
    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There was plenty to read into when digesting the plans for the Red Sox Thursday. First, the fact that Rick Porcello was pitching to Sandy Leon in a minor-league game on the back field at JetBlue Park was no coincidence. For one, John Farrell didn't want Porcello to be pitching...
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    Drew Pomeranz
    March 21, 2017 - 7:24 am
    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Could Drew Pomeranz actually be pitching for the Red Sox when the they take on the Tigers April 8? Judging by his reaction the last two days, he certainly thinks there's a strong possibility. Pomeranz has only pitched in two Grapefruit League games, having left his last one...
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    Drew Pomeranz (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Photo)
    March 20, 2017 - 11:58 am
    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For Drew Pomeranz, it's like nothing happened. All the talk that surfaced after he exited Sunday's game with triceps soreness -- ranging from questions about his readiness for the regular season, to regrets regarding giving up Anderson Espinoza for the lefty last July -- drifted...
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    Marco Hernandez (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)
    March 19, 2017 - 8:42 pm
    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Marco Hernandez, Sam Travis and Kyle Kendrick. They all have done their part. But come Opening Day, it probably won't be good enough to avoid starting the season in the minor leagues. Hernandez and Travis have the top two Grapefruit League OPS of any Red Sox hitters with 30 or...
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    Andrew Benintendi (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)
    March 19, 2017 - 7:37 pm
    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A few days ago, it was a Sports Illustrated photographer telling Andrew Benintendi to jump toward the camera, lay down on the grass, and simulate making all kind of catches. "That," Benintendi said with a smile, "was kind of weird." But all of this is a little weird for the 22-...
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    Drew Pomeranz
    March 19, 2017 - 10:41 am
    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Drew Pomeranz is playing it down. But, considering where we are at in spring training, the fact that the Red Sox starter left his outing after just two innings Sunday due to left triceps tightness isn't inconsequential. Pomeranz, who said he first felt the issue in the first...
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