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  • Red Sox's Trevor Story: Strikeouts piling up

    Story went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Saturday's spring game against the Nationals.

    Story, making his fourth appearance of the Grapefruit League, has struck out six times in 12 plate appearances. He's missed a lot of time the last two seasons due to injury, and he enters 2024 with questions about what he can give fantasy managers. He'll be Boston's starting shortstop and will have a chance to answer those questions. The Red Sox lack thump from the right side of the plate and will look for Story to produce similar results as he did as a member of the Rockies between 2016 and 2021.

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  • Red Sox's Triston Casas: Makes spring debut

    Casas went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in Saturday's spring game against Washington.

    Casas made his Grapefruit League debut after an illness delayed his appearance in game action. His timing may be off, which would explain the two punchouts.

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  • Red Sox's Brennan Bernardino: Makes first spring appearance

    Bernardino allowed one hit over one scoreless inning in Saturday's spring game against Washington.

    Bernardino, who was making his Grapefruit League debut, gave up a double to the first batter he faced then calmly got out of the inning unscathed. The left-hander bounced between Boston and Triple-A Worcester upon being claimed off waivers from Seattle in April, but he held down a steady job in the bullpen and thrived from June through the end of the season. That included several outings as an opener. In all, Bernardino logged 55 appearances -- tied for second-most behind Josh Winckowski -- and recorded a 3.20 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over 50.2 innings. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but 2023 was a breakout season for the reliever, who appears to have a lock on a bullpen spot.

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  • Red Sox's Tanner Houck: Another strong bid for rotation

    Houck allowed one hit and one walk while striking out five over three scoreless innings in Saturday's spring game against the Nationals.

    Houck followed starter Brayan Bello and easily navigated the fourth through sixth innings. This was his second Grapefruit League outing; he pitched two perfect innings in a start last Monday. So far, so good for Houck, who's thrown five scoreless frames in his competition with Garrett Whitlock and Josh Winckowski for the final rotation spot.

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  • Red Sox's Brayan Bello: Mixed bag second time out

    Bello allowed two runs on one hit and one walk while striking out two over three innings in Saturday's spring start against the Nationals. The right-hander also hit two batters.

    Bello, making his second Grapefruit League start, sandwiched two perfect innings around a funky second in which he walked a batter and plunked two others. He admitted to Ian Browne of MLB.com that his mechanics went awry during the second frame. Bello has allowed just one hit through two spring outings as he makes a bid to be Boston's Opening Day starter.

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  • Red Sox's Enmanuel Valdez: Next up at second base

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Saturday that Valdez is next in line at second base due to Vaughn Grissom (groin) being sidelined, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    The team is not yet ruling Grissom out for Opening Day, but it looks like a longshot that he'll be ready. A replacement from outside the organization doesn't appear to be in the cards, which leaves Valdez at the top of the pecking order and Pablo Reyes also in the mix. Valdez, 25, struggles with the glove but has some offensive promise, having slashed .266/.311/.453 with six homers and five steals over 149 plate appearances with Boston in 2023.

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  • Red Sox's Bobby Dalbec: Facing competition at 1B

    Dalbec is not projected to make the Opening Day roster in the latest roster projection from Ian Browne of MLB.com.

    While the Red Sox have exposed Dalbec to the outfield, he had been expected to back up Triston Casas at first base. That all changed when Boston inked C.J. Cron to a minor-league deal with an invite to camp Friday. If Cron passes a physical, he could serve as the right-handed complement to Casas.

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  • Red Sox's Wilyer Abreu: Logs first spring hit

    Abreu started in right field and went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Friday's spring game against the Twins.

    Abreu, the early favorite to win the starting job in right field, recorded his first hit of the spring when he singled in the first inning. Through five Grapefruit League games, Abreu is 1-for-13 with two walks and seven strikeouts.

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  • Red Sox's Jarren Duran: Plays four innings Friday

    Duran started in left field and went 0-for-2 in Friday's spring game against Minnesota.

    Duran played four innings in his Grapefruit League debut, which was delayed as the club made sure he was 100 percent following surgery to his toe last August. The outfielder talked about his offseason focus, which in addition to recovery from surgery featured a plan to maximize his foot speed, per Ian Browne of MLB.com. "I'm just working on my legs and staying in a straight line, because everybody knows I run like a lizard," Duran said, referring to too much sideways movement. "So trying to make it more efficient the way I run, that will also help my toe with impact and stuff like that, but it's just gonna clean me up and make me hopefully faster." Duran swiped 24 bags (caught twice) over 102 games in 2023 before season-ending surgery.

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  • Red Sox's Lucas Giolito: Trouble arises in third inning

    Giolito allowed four runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one over 2.1 innings in Friday's spring start against the Twins.

    Giolito retired seven of the first nine batters he faced before running into trouble in the third inning, when he allowed a single and two walks and was removed after 48 pitches. Unfortunately for his pitching line, reliever Jordan DiValerio gave up a grand slam. Giolito told Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe that he believes getting up-and-down a third time was a factor in the third inning. "My stuff felt pretty good, especially the slider," Giolito said. "But in the third inning, I kind of got ahead of myself and got out of sync." This was his second start of the spring after he threw two scoreless innings his first time out.

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  • Red Sox's Vaughn Grissom: Could miss Opening Day

    Grissom was diagnosed with a groin strain Saturday and could be out for Opening Day, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    The Red Sox had been hopeful to get Grissom into Grapefruit League action within the next few days after he worked his way back from a hamstring injury. However, it appears he could miss the entirety of the spring training schedule as a result of his new groin issue. It's unclear whether or not Grissom will begin the regular season on the injured list, but the Red Sox will likely plan on Enmanuel Valdez being their Opening Day second baseman either way.

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  • Red Sox's Triston Casas: In lineup against Nationals

    Casas (illness) is in the lineup for Saturday's split-squad game against the Nationals, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Having kicked the flu, Casas can now resume his preparations for the start of the 2024 season. Expectations are high for Casas entering his age-24 campaign after he hit .317/.417/.617 with 15 homers in the second half last year.

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  • Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Homers, scores two

    Devers went 2-for-3 with a homer and one RBI, scoring twice in Boston's 5-2 win against Detroit on Thursday.

    The third baseman remains a linchpin in Boston's retooled lineup and certainly appears to be regular-season ready. Devers won't have much name-brand support in the order besides Trevor Story, but it's hard to imagine Devers not getting close to his 2023 season in which he tallied 33 homers and 100 RBI.

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  • Red Sox's C.J. Cron: Gets NRI deal from Boston

    Cron signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    The Red Sox had been looking for someone to compete with Bobby Dalbec for a role as a right-handed slugger off the bench, and Cron fits the bill. He slashed just .248/.295/.434 with 12 homers in 278 plate appearances last year while battling nagging back issues, so the 34-year-old is not a great bet to be healthy or effective. However, there's no risk in seeing what he might have left in the tank on a minor-league deal. Cron does not figure to be a major threat to Triston Casas' playing time at first base.

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  • Red Sox's Jarren Duran: Making spring debut Friday

    Duran (toe) is starting in left field and batting leadoff in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Manager Alex Cora previously said the 27-year-old would serve as the DH in his spring debut, but he'll instead man left field. Duran had a delayed start to spring training while completing his recovery from August toe surgery, but he has plenty of time to ramp up his workload before Opening Day.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: To return to catching Saturday

    Wong (elbow) will start at catcher in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest versus the Nationals, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Wong has been limited to designated hitter duties so far while tending to a right elbow issue, but he appears to have put that behind him. The 27-year-old is in line to receive the bulk of the starts at catcher for Boston this season.

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  • Red Sox's Triston Casas: On track for Saturday

    Casas (illness) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Casas has been away from the club for much of the week while dealing with a nasty bout of the flu, but he's on the mend and his return to game action is imminent. The young first baseman put up a 1.034 OPS in the second half last season and will be looking to carry that over into a breakout 2024 campaign.

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  • Red Sox's Vaughn Grissom: Hopes for Grapefruit debut Sunday

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Thursday that he hopes Grissom (hamstring) is ready to make his Grapefruit League debut Sunday, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Grissom has been slowed by a hamstring issue in the early days of camp but appears to have made progress. Assuming he debuts soon, the 23-year-old will have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day and is projected to serve as the Red Sox's primary second baseman this season.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Underwent jaw surgery last fall

    Yoshida revealed recently that he underwent surgery last fall on his jaw to correct temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

    It's an issue which Yoshida had for a few years and led to headaches and other discomfort. He now feels much better after the procedure. Yoshida noted that it affected him more with everyday tasks and not necessarily while he was playing baseball, but it can't hurt his outlook now that he's more comfortable. He's slated to be Boston's primary designated hitter this season.

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  • Red Sox's Nick Pivetta: Preps for Saturday's start

    Pivetta is expected to start Saturday's split-squad game against Tampa Bay, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Pivetta prepared for the outing by tossing two innings in the bullpen Wednesday. He had been tentatively scheduled to start Tuesday, but Kutter Crawford started instead. Saturday will be Pivetta's spring debut.

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Injuries

Player Injury
K. Jansen RP Kenley Jansen RP Lat
V. Grissom SS Vaughn Grissom SS Groin
L. Hendriks RP Liam Hendriks RP Elbow
B. Mata RP Bryan Mata RP Hamstring

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