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Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Unhindered in BP session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez showed no hesitation in his delivery while throwing his first live batting practice Saturday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

Rodriguez will make his spring training debut Thursday as he returns from an offseason knee injury. The 24-year-old has been held out from certain drills thus far in camp, but it appears all systems are go at this point. More importantly, pitching coach Carl Willis said that Rodriguez is ahead of both Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright for the final two spots in the rotation, a strong indication that he'll be a player to monitor this spring.

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Red Sox's Henry Owens: Some good, some bad in spring debut
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Owens walked one batter and struck out four over two innings in Friday's game against the Mets.

Owens added 15 pounds of muscle during the offseason and showed improved arm strength in bullpen sessions this spring, but still needs work on his command. "We're going to hone in on the overall command. It bit him a little bit after the first hitter of the game (Friday)," manager John Farrell told Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.

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Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi: Bats second in spring debut
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Benintendi was slotted into the second spot in the batting order when he made his spring debut Friday against the Mets, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Normally, you can toss out spring training lineups as nothing more indicative than a manager trying to get at-bats for all his players, but having Benintendi hit second was something manager John Farrell openly discussed during the offseason. The 22-year-old was introduced to the majors last season in the low-pressure environment of the bottom of Boston's order, but profiles as a No. 2 hitter in that he gets on base at a high rate, often makes contact and runs well. Additionally, his left-handed bat breaks up what should be a run of right-handed hitters at the top of the order. He was expected to get more at-bats this season just by playing in more games, but hitting second means Benintendi is on track for more opportunities on a daily basis.

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Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Fails to impress club with Thursday effort
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Manager John Farrell said Castillo was "disappointing" during exhibition play Thursday when he jogged down the line on a double-play groundball, because he lost track of the outs and it didn't appear he was showing effort despite battling for a roster spot, Scott Lauber of reports.

Castillo's stock has plummeted since 2015, when he was pegged as a potential breakout candidate. Fantasy players know that never happened, as the Cuban has toiled away in the doghouse and with a .262/.301/.379 line in his short career. Boston's outfield is cemented with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley and Mookie Betts, so Castillo may need a fresh start with another organization to have any hope for fantasy leagues.

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Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Finds success integrating more offspeed pitches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes plans to throw his offspeed stuff more in 2017, something he experimented with during September and October last season, leading to promising results, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

During the first five months of the 2016 season, Barnes threw his four-seamer nearly two-thirds of the time, but adjusted late in the season following a truly disastrous month of August (12 ER in 10.2 IP). He felt his stuff was still good, but the results weren't there. It was at that point he realized the problem was in how he used his stuff. Barnes mixed in more curves and sliders, throwing them as often as the four-seamer, and allowed just one run and no extra-base hits over his final 8.2 innings. While Joe Kelly's transition to the bullpen has garnered most of the headlines, Barnes may be positioned to take a step forward in 2017.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGDustin Pedroia , 2B.318
HRDavid Ortiz , DH38
RBIDavid Ortiz , DH127
OBPDavid Ortiz , DH.401
SLGDavid Ortiz , DH.620
RMookie Betts , RF122
SBMookie Betts , RF26
WRick Porcello , SP22
ERARick Porcello , SP3.15
WHIPRick Porcello , SP1.01
KDavid Price , SP228
SVCraig Kimbrel , RP31

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