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Rob Bradford
February 21, 2019 - 9:55 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alex Cora isn't going to shy away from the talk shows. In fact, he embraces the conversation. This was the message passed along by the Red Sox manager when joining Glenn Ordway, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria at JetBlue Park Thursday for a 20-minute sit-down that touched on...
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Rob Bradford
February 21, 2019 - 4:23 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Longtime Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo has passed away at the age of 62. Cafardo collapsed at JetBlue Park early Thursday afternoon. After being attended to by Red Sox medical personnel, he regained consciousness before being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital...
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Rob Bradford
February 21, 2019 - 9:30 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Ryan Brasier is back. The Red Sox reliever could be found in the JetBlue Park clubhouse getting ready for another spring training workout with the rest of his teammates after missing the previous two days due to a trip back up to Boston. Brasier isn't quite ready to re-start...
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Rob Bradford
February 21, 2019 - 7:46 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- We know the Red Sox have talked contract extension with both Chris Sale and Xander Bogaerts. Chairman Tom Werner also told the Mut & Callahan Show that J.D. Martinez hasn't gotten such treatment. So where does it leave the other potential high-priced free agent Rick Porcello...
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Rob Bradford
February 20, 2019 - 1:49 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- At one point in his media briefing Wednesday Alex Cora offered a dose of reality when asked a roster construction question. "We're in the first week of spring training ...," said the Red Sox manager. Fair. But there can be moments, even this early in camp, where there is a...
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Alex Reimer
February 20, 2019 - 1:08 pm
Get ready for more Dennis Eckersley in the NESN broadcast booth this Red Sox season. The animated analyst tweeted Wednesday he's signed a five-year extension with the regional sports network that will put him in the booth for 85 games. It's time to party. Earlier Wednesday, NESN announced its booth...
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Rob Bradford
February 20, 2019 - 9:32 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This isn't anything new. There have been other spring trainings where an excitement regarding Eduardo Rodriguez's potential has been in the air at JetBlue Park. But listening to Alex Cora Tuesday it certainly seems the optimism might be a bit more definitive this time around. "...
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John Tomase
February 20, 2019 - 9:16 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Eduardo Rodriguez was being circumspect. At his introductory press conference of the spring, Red Sox ace Chris Sale mentioned that Rodriguez was working on a new pitch that had everyone excited. Fellow starter Rick Porcello seemed involved on a back field. Pitching coach Dana...
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Rob Bradford
February 19, 2019 - 2:14 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The first sign of potential trouble came when Ryan Brasier had to postpone his scheduled appearance on the Mut & Callahan Show Tuesday morning. And then when the show participants -- Mike Mutnansky, Chris Curtis and John Tomase -- ran into the Red Sox reliever at the Fort...
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Rob Bradford
February 19, 2019 - 1:56 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mookie Betts said at least season's All-Star Game he would be paying attention to the contracts garnered by both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. For good reason. Whatever those two superstars ended up with would help set the bar for when Betts became eligible for free agency...
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