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Stars, positional battles highlight Red Sox roster

The Red Sox should have some heated competition for roster spots in Spring Training, particularly in the bullpen. Things could get more complicated on the position-player front if president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski makes an acquisition or two (J.D. Martinez, Eduardo Nunez?) between now and Opening Day. …read more

Price aims to sweep O's, give Sox 8th straight win

In need of a win to avoid being swept at their home park by the Red Sox, the Orioles will hand the ball to Chris Tillman, who was their Opening Day starter, on Thursday night. It won’t be easy, though, as he’s matched up with Red Sox ace David Price in what figures to be a classic pitchers’ duel. …read more

Save these dates: MLB releases 2017 Red Sox schedule

After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the first MLB All-Star Week in the state of Florida. …read more

Betts on verge of being something special

This column, for the record, was going to be written no matter what Mookie Betts did on Opening Day or in this opening week. If he took the collar or misplayed a ball, Betts’ potential to ascend to superstardom, his ability to shine even in a year in which David Ortiz is destined to absorb so much of the limelight, was something that demanded to be touted. …read more

First-timers ready to seize the (Opening) Day

Ken and Roanna Naquin cracked their first Opening Day roster this year. So did Heather and Brian White, and Julie and Jeff Shaw. These proud parents will be living vicariously through their sons — Tyler Naquin, Tyler White and Travis Shaw — who will don uniforms for the Indians, Astros and Red Sox for the first time. …read more