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Ryan Hannable
March 29, 2018 - 4:39 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox' 2018 season is off to a good start. In the second inning against Rays starter Chris Archer, Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to give the Red Sox a quick 3-0 lead. The first run came on a RBI ground out by Rafael Devers. Nunez hit a line drive...
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Ryan Hannable
March 29, 2018 - 12:15 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The first of 162 lineups is out and it has no surprises. As expected, J.D. Martinez will bat clean up with Hanley Ramirez hitting in front of him, while Mookie Betts will lead off. The one question going into Thursday's opener was where would Eduardo Nunez and Rafael Devers...
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Rob Bradford
March 29, 2018 - 8:42 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It was the third inning of a seemingly meaningless spring training game. But the moment was worth noting. With Chris Sale cruising through his first Grapefruit League action, Dennis Eckersley -- who had joined the Red Sox radio broadcast for a few innings -- let out an...
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Ryan Hannable
March 28, 2018 - 7:34 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After the final spring training game on Tuesday, the Red Sox bussed from Fort Myers to Tampa in advance of Thursday's opener. Instead of going their separate ways and doing their own thing, everyone got together for a dinner. It wasn't just the team, either. It was the...
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Ryan Hannable
March 28, 2018 - 4:00 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Not many people can have a vintage baseball memory associated with Tropicana Field, unless you're Chris Sale. The left-hander will be making his first Opening Day start as a member of the Red Sox Thursday afternoon (Rick Porcello started last year) in a place that actually...
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Rob Bradford
March 28, 2018 - 3:40 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Cora identified Hanley Ramirez as his No. 3 hitter early on in camp, and sure enough, that's where the first baseman will find himself on Opening Day. The Red Sox manager said Wednesday that Ramirez would get the start at first and hit behind No. 2 hitter Andrew...
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John Tomase
March 28, 2018 - 1:37 pm
Opening Day has finally arrived, and with it comes the bane of every print reporter's existence -- the dreaded special section. The good ones add context and understanding to the upcoming season while overwhelming the reader. The bad ones include a 45-cent stamp to streamline the mailing-it-in...
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Ryan Hannable
March 27, 2018 - 4:27 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite pitching only two innings during spring training, Craig Kimbrel says he's good to go for Opening Day. The right-hander spent a few weeks back in Boston to be with his young daughter in March, as she from recovered from heart surgery at Boston Children's Hospital. He's...
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Alex Reimer
March 27, 2018 - 3:07 pm
Mookie Betts made the most of his down time during the Red Sox’ final game of Spring Training. The outfielder conducted a lengthy in-game interview with ESPN during the Red Sox-Cubs matinee Tuesday, providing a running commentary in the top of the third inning. Betts’ mouth didn’t stop moving, even...
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Ryan Hannable
March 27, 2018 - 12:26 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla -- Craig Kimbrel will not pitch in the Red Sox' spring training finale against the Cubs on Tuesday. Instead, he will throw a bullpen on the backfields of JetBlue Park. This means the closer will go into the regular season with only one spring training outing. The right-hander spent...
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