Boston Red Sox

Stadium: Fenway Park | Manager: John Farrell
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Red Sox.2446341234.01
AL East5th3rd4th5th
American League 9th11th10th9th

Schedule

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7:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 5
at MIN
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1:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 6
MIA
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1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 7
at BAL
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1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 7
MIN
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1:10 pm EDT
Sun Mar 8
at NYM
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1:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 9
at STL
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1:05 pm EDT
Tue Mar 10
TB
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1:05 pm EDT
Wed Mar 11
at NYY
*
1:05 pm EDT
Thu Mar 12
at PIT
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7:05 pm EDT
Fri Mar 13
NYY
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1:05 pm EDT
Sat Mar 14
PIT
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1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 15
at PHI

Standings

AL
East
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Baltimore84-5896-66
New York71-7184-78
Toronto70-7283-79
Tampa Bay67-7577-85
Boston62-8071-91
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Red Sox's Betts focused on preparing for season, not OF competition
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Mookie Betts knows he will have to put his best foot forward this spring in order to land a starting spot in the Red Sox's outfield. Betts, however, is not trying to think as much about the competition and rather focus on what he needs to do to prepare for the 2015 season.

“I feel as if I’m just getting ready for the season,” Betts told WEEI.com. “Whether it’s in the big leagues, Triple-A, Double-A, wherever it is, I’m just getting ready for the season and not really focusing so much on making the big-league team, just really just getting ready."

If Betts doesn't win a starting job in the outfield, then he could be a bench option for Boston instead of heading back to the minors.

“Whatever [manager John] Farrell and [general manager Ben] Cherington, whatever they do is what’s going to be best for the Red Sox,” Betts said. “And if that’s me sitting and watching, that’s perfectly fine and I’ll just fill into my role.”

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Red Sox's Mujica reveals neck injury played part in 2014 struggles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Red Sox reliever Edward Mujica got off to a rocky start in 2014, posting a 6.41 ERA through the first two months of the season. He eventually settled down, posting a 2.68 ERA and seven saves over the final four months.

On Friday, Mujica revealed a neck injury played a part in his early season struggles. Mujica was diagnosed with his C1 vertebrae being out of place when he signed with the Red Sox and added the issue didn't clear up until midway through the 2014 season.

“My neck was bothering me when I got here, I got treatment and in spring training I felt good because of the weather,” Mujica said, per WEEI.com. “But then I felt sore in the neck because of the cold weather. I was also adjusting to the American League, all the teams have pretty good hitters 1-9. I just kept working every single day, watching videos, got that [physical] adjustment and got going in the second half.

“The C1 was a little moved out of place, but they put it in the right place in spring training to get through the season. With treatment every single day it helped me a lot after the first two months.”

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Red Sox OF Castillo: Staying in box 'wasn't all that difficult'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The league's proposed new rule preventing batters from stepping out of the batter's box isn't new to Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who had to adjust to a similar rule when playing under the Baseball Federation of Cuba, WEEI.com reports.

"The game used to be really long, but about two years ago they implemented the rule we're trying to implement, with the hitter staying in the box," Castillo said. "That sped the game up a little bit. It did mess with some hitters, but for me, if I've got to do it, I've got to do it and I didn't think about all that much. It wasn't all that difficult for me, personally."

While the penalty for stepping out of the box under the proposed rule is a warning and potential fine, in Cuba batters receive a called strike for stepping out of the box. Cuban pitchers are also required to throw the ball within an alloted timespan.

"The biggest complaint is that people like to take that time to readjust and refocus," Castillo said. "It was just happening a little too quick, quicker than they wanted to. They wanted to control the tempo. It just took some time, but over the course of a season it just became normal. Now it's just normal. I don't know about a big difference, but it did make a difference."

Castillo will compete this spring to be the team's starting center fielder. He went 12 for 36 with two home runs and three stolen bases in his brief debut season.

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Red Sox's Farrell: Shane Victorino will likely resume switch-hitting
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters on Thursday that outfielder Shane Victorino will likely return to switch-hitting this season, per MLB.com.

"It's likely that he hits left-handed in games," Farrell said. "If you think about in 2013 late in the year, he switched solely to the right side because of some physical restrictions. With those being freed up now, the left-handed side of the plate comes into play."

Victorino has not hit left-handed since August 2013. That year he hit .274/.317/.389 on the left side of the box against righties. Because of a slew of injuries, Victorino remained an exclusive right-handed hitter and hit .268/.303/.382 in 123 at-bats last season.

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Report: A's could get priced out of signing Cuban 2B Hector Olivera
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

With the competition heating up to sign Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera, it appears the chances of the Athletics signing him are dwindling, per InsideBayArea.com.

“It seems like the A’s are going to get priced out of the competition,’’ a source said. “There are teams out there that can simply outbid Oakland.’’

The Dodgers, Padres, Red Sox and Yankees all have interest in Olivera, according to the report. Olivera hit .323 with a .407 on-base percentage, .505 slugging percentage and .912 OPS over 10 seasons in Cuba.

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