spring training 2014

March 29, 2014 - 8:29 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester discussed the "pause" that the Red Sox and he agreed to take in negotiations of a potential contract extension, suggesting that he found the talks "very encouraging," that he still wants to remain with the Sox beyond the expiration of his current...
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March 27, 2014 - 8:46 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to industry sources, Kolbrin Vitek -- taken by the Red Sox with their first-round pick in the 2010 draft -- filed his retirement papers in mid-March, ending a playing career that never lived up to the lofty expectations that followed him into professional ball. Vitek...
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March 27, 2014 - 7:11 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox made a pair of roster moves following their 4-1 victory over the Twins at JetBlue Park on Thursday night, placing both Craig Breslow (mild left shoulder strain) and Steven Wright (recovery from sports hernia surgery) on the disabled list. Wright has just been cleared...
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March 27, 2014 - 12:54 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox have yet to make a definitive announcement regarding who will be their Opening Day center fielder. But manager John Farrell did express one certainty on Thursday: If Grady Sizemore makes the team as its Opening Day center fielder, he won't hit leadoff. Though...
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March 26, 2014 - 12:59 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jon Lester 's final tuneup for Opening Day proved a drastic contrast to what awaits him in five days. The left-hander tossed six innings against High-A players, allowing a run on three hits and two walks while punching out seven on 94 pitches amidst the quiet of the back fields...
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March 26, 2014 - 8:29 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shane Victorino , who was held out of games on Tuesday due to soreness in his left side and, despite being cleared medically to play, was held back for another day as a precaution, remains on track to be the Red Sox ' Opening Day right fielder, manager John Farrell said. The Sox...
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March 26, 2014 - 8:08 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- While most of the focus in the spring training competition between Jackie Bradley Jr. and Grady Sizemore has focused on the offense of the two players, run prevention and defense will also necessarily play into the equation when the Red Sox make their ultimate decision on their...
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March 25, 2014 - 1:27 pm
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Much as the day-to-day performances of Jackie Bradley Jr. dominated spring training in 2013, the 2014 exhibition season has focused primarily on the lightning in a bottle that the Red Sox appear to have caught with their buy-low signing of Grady Sizemore , a player who...
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March 25, 2014 - 12:29 pm
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Tuesday marked the first of three days that the Red Sox planned to use to reach a final determination about whether Grady Sizemore or Jackie Bradley Jr . will be their Opening Day center fielder. While it remains to be seen how Sizemore will be able to handle his first...
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March 25, 2014 - 9:06 am
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Cue Europe and their ridiculous synthesizer. It's the Final Countdown. The Red Sox are sorting through the last days of their roster decisions. Most of the determinations are fairly straightforward. But one key alignment, as the Sox anticipate a resolution to all of their...
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