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8 a.m. ET: John Lackey drew plenty of positives from his first start of the spring on Saturday. Now, he’ll look to take another step forward in his second spring start, which comes against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Lackey will toe the rubber as the Sox travel to Bradenton for an afternoon affair with the Bucs. Following Saturday’s start, Lackey appeared very enthusiastic about his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery. Lackey focused mostly during that outing on getting the ball into the catcher’s mitt, featuring a heavy dose of fastballs that didn’t have much velocity, but Thursday could be an opportunity for the veteran right-hander to try some new things.
Chris Hernandez, Chris Carpenter and Terry Doyle are also slated to take the mound against the Pirates as the Red Sox look to bounce back from a 5-3 loss to the Orioles in Sarasota on Wednesday night. Jame Taillon is expected to go for Pittsburgh.
Thursday’s first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET. Be sure to kee...
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In 2012 the Pittsburgh Pirates featured two of the biggest breakout players in all of minor league baseball. Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson both had huge seasons, propelling each hitter onto national top 100 lists.
During Spring Training last year, I identified Hanson and Polanco as breakout candidates, after watching them for a few weeks. Polanco was crushing the ball every time...
There wasn’t much going on in Bradenton on Tuesday, as the Pirates and Orioles were rained out. Today, the Bucs take on the Rays at 1:05 PM. Pirates.com will have the audio webcast. A.J. Burnett will start, and Wandy Rodriguez (Tuesday’s scheduled starter) will follow him. Gerrit Cole will also take the mound this afternoon.
Will Middlebrooks‘ injury dominated the headlines following Wednesday’s game against the Orioles, but he wasn’t the only member of the Red Sox who came away from the spring training contest a little banged up.
Jonny Gomes banged into the outfield fence and cut his knee, which required three stitches, according to manager John Farrell. The minor injury presumably occurred when...
Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of the best prospects in baseball, but by most accounts, he’s not quite ready to hang around in the big leagues. After a quick start to spring training, however, the young outfielder may be making things interesting in Red Sox camp.
Boston manager John Farrell was asked about Bradley Jr.’s chances of making the big league roster for Opening Day, and...
Check out this pretty sweet video of the sounds of Boston Red Sox players at spring training.
Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Lavarnway, Will Middlebrooks, Jonny Gomes and Jackie Bradley, Jr. are mic'd up during the video.
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Mike Napoli continues to be pain free, so it looks like the training wheels are about to come off.
Napoli, who did some more baserunning drills on Wednesday, is on track to make his spring training debut on Friday when the Red Sox host the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Napoli, who was diagnosed with a hip condition during the offseason, has been brought along slowly by the Red Sox’ coaching...
Tonight the Boston Red Sox will host a split-squad from the Pittsburgh Pirates at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The game will be televised in the Red Sox television market on NESN. You can also listen to the game on WEEI in the New England area. If you have the MLB At-Bat app, you can listen to the game on there or if you got an RSN Membership...
After Gerrit Cole's Grapefruit League debut yesterday, Jameson Taillon will start against the Red Sox today at 1:05 PM. Taillon probably won't get many spring training appearances with the Bucs this year since he'll be joining Team Canada for the World Baseball Classic shortly, which is an even better reason to pay attention to him today.
You can read about Cole...
Mike Lowell grew up in Miami, helped the Marlins win a World Series and knows all too well about the franchise's tradition of humble payrolls and modest crowds.
Back in uniform this week as a special instructor, Lowell says the team can win again and win back fans, but it will take time. And he sympathizes with South Floridians angry the Marlins this season will be near baseball...
Canadian player withdraws over inability to play shortstop.
(Video courtesy of Mike Petraglia)
Red Sox manager John Farrell had a lot to discuss with the media today including Felix Doubront, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Alfredo Aceves and more. See what the Red Sox skipper had to say about these topics as the team was preparing for a game against the Orioles.
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