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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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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shane Victorino is less than a week away from finding his finish line -- starting in right field for the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. "Unfortunately in 2013 I didn't get that chance [due to injury]," said Victorino of getting to return to and play at his former home park. "This time there was a date I was looking at on the calendar that kept me motivated to shoot for, to strive for, and for more reasons than one. To look at that date, and to think I get that opportunity coming back off a season that was definitely disappointed for me and then looking at that date and making sure I'm ready for that date." If nothing turns inside-out health-wise for Victorino in the last week of spring training, the right fielder will get that chance to start Opening Day. Red Sox manager John Farrell said at the outset that if "healthy and capable" he would be the team's starter in right, and, as of 3:45 p.m. Monday, Farrell proclaimed
03/24/15 06:57 EST
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03/22/15 07:57 EST
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Everything hasn't gone exactly as planned for Shane Victorino this spring training, but it's still gone well enough. After back surgery, an offseason thick with motivation, and an attempted return to switch-hitting once in camp, Victorino has found himself having to make adjustments that weren't necessarily part of the blueprint. The latest alteration came this past weekend, when the right fielder decided to hit exclusively from the right side. Why? To keep the momentum heading in the right direction as the Red Sox creep into the shadow of the regular season. "This year I feel like I'm healthy going into the season, knock on wood," he said. "Hopefully nothing changes. But the way I feel now, and where I'm at, I feel confident I can go out there and be an everyday player and hit solely right-handed. But there are going to be adjustments I have to make from a hitting standpoint. At some point is there going to be a little bit of fear or discomfort in the



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