Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Red Sox.2657481614.31
AL East2nd3rd5th4th
American League 3rd4th9th13th

Schedule

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1:05 pm EST
Wed Mar 2
MIN
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7:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 3
at MIN
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1:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 4
TB
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1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 5
at NYY
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1:05 pm EST
Sun Mar 6
BAL
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1:05 pm EST
Mon Mar 7
BAL
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1:05 pm EST
Tue Mar 8
at BAL
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1:05 pm EST
Wed Mar 9
at PIT
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Thu Mar 10
MIN
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1:07 pm EST
Fri Mar 11
at TOR
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1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 12
MIA

Standings

AL
East
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Toronto81-6193-69
New York76-6687-75
Baltimore69-7381-81
Tampa Bay66-7680-82
Boston65-7778-84
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Red Sox's Carson Smith: Location over velocity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carson Smith credited location and movement over velocity for his success last season, WEEI.com reports. "It's tough going out there throwing four out of every five days. That's why your velocity can always vary, but as long as I keep my accuracy and movement consistent, I'm pretty positive about my chances. If I'm in the low-to-mid 90s, I'm pretty happy."

Smith's fastball isn't overpowering at 93 mph, so he relies heavily on his slider. He dominated right-handers, who hit just .169 off him and overall, Smith held hitters to a .192 average. At this point in the offseason, Smith projects into a share of the setup role along with Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara, behind closer Craig Kimbrel.

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Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Will start Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Swihart will be the Opening Day catcher when Boston opens the 2016 season in Cleveland, MLB.com reports.

Ryan Hanigan will be the backup while Christian Vazquez, coming off Tommy John surgery, is ticketed to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. That's the plan as it stands now, just prior to spring training. Swihart was called up to the majors last season, slightly ahead of schedule, and proved himself a competent hitter. There's still parts of the job defensively he needs to work on -- blocking balls is the primary area -- but the Red Sox feel he'll learn that skill with experience and practice. Long term, with two young catchers capable of playing everyday in the majors, the Red Sox can either trade one of them or move Swihart to a new position.

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Red Sox's Joe Kelly: In starting rotation
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Kelly was assured by manager John Farrell that he will be in Boston's starting rotation when the 2016 season begins, the Boston Herald reports.

Kelly's finish to the 2015 season -- 8-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his last nine starts -- makes him an attractive sleeper entering 2016, but manager John Farrell is no position to be patient. If Kelly gets off to a slow start, Farrell, a manager that's guided Boston to two consecutive last-place finishes, could be forced to relegate Kelly to the bullpen or Triple-A and use one of the team's depth starters.

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Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Working on slider, cutter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Eduardo Rodriguez has been working this offseason to improve the precision of his slider and the introduction of a cutter, the Providence Journal reports.

The slider is seen as a critical third pitch for the left-hander against whom lefty hitters had a measure of success. Seven of his 13 homers surrendered were to left-handed hitters, and lefties slugged 159 points higher against him than righties.

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Red Sox's Travis Shaw: Will train in outfield
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Shaw will spend time in left field early on in training camp to determine if he's a viable option at the position, the Boston Herald reports.

As it stands now, Shaw has a good shot at making Boston's roster on his infield work alone, particularly as the Red Sox try out Hanley Ramirez at first base, but adding outfield to his resume should cement a roster spot for him. Shaw surprised everyone last season, hitting .270 with 13 homers in 248 plate appearances over August and September.

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2015 Team Leaders
AVGXander Bogaerts , SS.320
HRDavid Ortiz , DH37
RBIDavid Ortiz , DH108
OBPDavid Ortiz , DH.360
SLGDavid Ortiz , DH.553
RMookie Betts , CF92
SBMookie Betts , CF21
WWade Miley , SP11
ERAWade Miley , SP4.46
WHIPRick Porcello , SP1.36
KRick Porcello , SP149
SVKoji Uehara , RP25

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