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Nick Friar
March 10, 2019 - 4:04 pm
FORT MYERS—The Terry Francona coaching tree, or the "Tito Managing School" as Alex Cora put it, has experienced a fair amount of early success. Kevin Cash somehow won 90 games in his fourth year with the Tampa Bay Rays, despite having a lackluster offense and only rolling with four pitchers and an...
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John Tomase
March 09, 2019 - 12:56 pm
For a seven-time All-Star, former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel continues to struggle to find a job, and it looks like what little market he has is shrinking. According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, the Nationals and Braves have dropped out of the Kimbrel sweepstakes. #Nats and #Braves are not “in...
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Nick Friar
March 09, 2019 - 12:04 pm
FORT MYERS—When the Red Sox acquired J.D. Martinez, there were questions about his defensive capabilities. Combined with Fenway Park's unique dimensions, it didn't appear he'd factor into the outfield game plan much, if at all. Yet by the season's end, he appeared in 57 games in the outfield...
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Rob Bradford
March 08, 2019 - 9:24 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- If there were any ill-effects from Dustin Pedroia's first Grapefruit League game of the season he was certainly doing a good job of hiding them. The second baseman was offering the image of any other day in any other season Friday morning, going from treatment to batting...
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Nick Friar
March 07, 2019 - 11:35 am
FORT MYERS -- Steven Wright leaves the Red Sox in a tight spot for multiple reasons. The knuckleballer's 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance has forced Boston to seek alternatives in the bullpen, where he was expected to take a role. With the team's top...
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Ryan Hannable
March 07, 2019 - 9:03 am
In terms of importance of spring training games, Thursday is a pretty big one as it is the debut of Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia will lead off and play second base against the Twins. He is returning from cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee that cost him all but three games last year. It isn't...
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Steven Wright (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)
John Tomase
March 06, 2019 - 5:13 pm
Steven Wright has no idea how a performance-enhancing substance entered his bloodstream, but the Red Sox knuckleballer told reporters in Florida on Wednesday that he accepts responsibility for his 80-game suspension. "I never thought it would come down to this, but I respect the joint drug...
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John Tomase
March 06, 2019 - 5:04 pm
Red Sox manager Alex Cora expressed support and disappointment in the wake of news that knuckleballer Steven Wright will be suspended for 80 games for violating the MLB's substance-abuse policy after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Speaking to reporters in Florida, Cora said he...
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Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright
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WEEI
March 06, 2019 - 4:33 pm
A thin Red Sox bullpen just got thinner. MLB announced Wednesday afternoon that pitcher Steven Wright has been suspended 80 games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Wright reportedly tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2) . Wright was...
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Luis Severino
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John Tomase
March 06, 2019 - 3:34 pm
The season hasn't even started yet, and the Yankees are already losing ground to the Red Sox. On Tuesday, ace Luis Severino felt something grab in his shoulder while throwing a slider during warmups before a start against the Braves. The Yankees effectively shut him down on the spot, and he'll miss...
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