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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games — three turns through the rotation — for violating MLB's domestic abuse policy, the league announced Friday. The penalty likely cements a spot in the season-opening rotation for Brian Johnson and might open another for Hector Velazquez, depending on Eduardo Rodriguez's status in his comeback from knee surgery.

Judge just misses HR robbery (0:20)
Los Angeles Dodgers
1dPaul Lukas

The 2018 Uni Watch MLB preview

It's time for another baseball season, so let's catch up with every patch, stripe, throwback and color change in the majors.

Yankees-Red Sox series in London a good thing? (1:40)
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Report: MLB targets Yanks-Red Sox in London

MLB is working to finalize a Yankees-Red Sox series in London in 2019 that would be the league's first regular-season games in Europe, The Associated Press reports.

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5dScott Lauber

Kimbrel returns after baby daughter's surgery

Craig Kimbrel rejoined the Boston Red Sox on Monday after his infant daughter, Lydia Joy, underwent heart surgery in Boston. "She's in a good, comfortable place for me to be down here," he said. "If she wasn't, I wouldn't be here."

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Ortiz On Who Must Fill Leadership Void In Boston

Buster Olney talks to David Ortiz about who needs to fill the leadership void in Boston's clubhouse, the team's addition of J.D. Martinez, the launch angle fad in MLB & more.

What does Big Papi miss the most about the game? (1:08)
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9dScott Lauber

BoSox's Price pitches well in Grapefruit debut

Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price looked good in his spring training debut, giving up one hit and a walk in four innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Making his first Grapefruit League start — and his first start in a competitive game since July 22 — David Price gave up one hit and one walk while striking out five batters in four scoreless innings. He incorporated his curveball and was solidly 91-93 mph on his fastball. Price is lined up to start the second game of the season, as well as the Fenway Park opener on April 5.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox continue a deliberate progression with Eduardo Rodriguez, but it no longer seems far-fetched that he could be ready to take his first turn in the rotation. The lefty, recovering from offseason knee surgery, completed three innings of live batting practice and likely will start a minor-league game next Tuesday. Rodriguez told me he hasn't pitched with such minimal concern for the stability of his knee since 2015.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Craig Kimbrel's infant daughter, Lydia, is "doing better," according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora, after undergoing another procedure to address a congenital heart condition. Kimbrel, who has been away from the team for two weeks, is scheduled to throw live batting practice to hitters in Boston on Thursday. The Red Sox expect Kimbrel will be ready for Opening Day.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

When Chris Sale dialed up 97 mph in the first inning of his first Grapefruit League start, the Red Sox asked him to tone it down as part of a more gradual spring-training build-up. So, early in the first inning today, Sale was throwing 87 mph. "My heart stopped a little bit. I was like, what's going on?" manager Alex Cora said. "But he was changing speeds. He has a lot in the tank. You could see it in that [Miguel] Sano at-bat, going from where he was to 97. That was impressive."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Blake Swihart's education as a utility player is about to take another step, likely on Sunday, when he's expected to play third base. Swihart, Brock Holt, Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin are duking it out for two bench spots. Swihart and Marrero are out of options and can't be sent to the minors without first being exposed to waivers.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

After this week, the Red Sox will have a better sense of whether starters Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright (knee) will be ready to start the season. Rodriguez (knee) took a positive step Monday with two innings of live batting practice; Pomeranz (flexor) threw a bullpen session and is expected to progress to live BP later this week; Wright (knee) will throw live BP Wednesday. Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez are the top depth options.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

A look at Red Sox's infield alignment in their newly designed shift under manager Alex Cora. The big change is shortstop Xander Bogaerts on the right side of second base (he previously always played on the left side). That's second baseman Eduardo Nunez in shallow right field. Rafael Devers (not pictured) is the only infielder on the left side.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.882nd
Quality Starts0Tied-16th
Batting Average.26813th
On Base Percentage.32921st
Slugging Percentage.45612th