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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:11

Boston Red Sox Spring Training Report: 3/21/17

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With under two weeks to go until Opening Day. It is becoming crunch time for the Boston Red Sox. Here are some spring training notes. 

Game Recaps:

Sunday, March 19 vs Minnesota Twins 13-8 L

Drew Pomeranz got the start and left after just two innings. He gave up three runs in those two innings, but he left with an injury which was a cause for concern. He left with triceps tightness and be evaluated soon. Closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless inning, but Robbie Ross Jr was lit up. He did not last a full inning and have up five runs on five hits with two walks.

On the offensive side, Hanley Ramirez has two hits including a homer in the first. Andrew Benintendi had a 1-for-3 day. Mitch Moreland had the best day at the plate though, as he went 3-for-3 and is now batting .375 during spring training. Marco Hernandez chipped in with two hits and seems to be a likely utility player to come off the bench for the Red Sox this season.

Monday, March 20 vs Baltimore Orioles 7-4 W

Kyle Kendrick continued his fantastic spring training with the Red Sox. He went five innings and only allowed two runs. His ERA now sits at 1.96 for the spring. Marco Hernandez and Pablo Sandoval both went 2-for-4 with two doubles each. Panda spring has been very impressive thus far. Mookie Betts also hit a double of his own and got three RBI’s from Hanley Ramirez to beat the O’s.

Tuesday, March 21 vs New York Yankees

Chris Sale will be on the mound against the Red Sox arch rival Yankees Monday night.

 

Other Spring Training Notes:

 

Pomeranz stated that his arm felt fine the next day and the injury concern was due to a switch in his mechanics. He is not slated to miss any time.

David Price got looked at by team orthopedist’s today to assess his arm strength. Manager John Farrell said that he is still in strengthening phase and no throwing program yet. It could come in the next few day though.

Farrell also stated that the Red Sox could start the season with an extra reliever. They do not need a fifth starter until the sixth game of the season.

The Red Sox dynamic outfield are being honored with being on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Here is sneak peek from Jackie Bradley Jr: 

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With Price injured and the scare to Pomeranz, the Red Sox are loking for pitching help outside the organization.

Fernando Abad has returned to the Red Sox after pitching in the World Baseball Classic. Farrell reiterated that Abad is competing for a job with opening day just 13 days away.

Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg threw 20 pitches in the bullpen today. Everything felt fine and looks to pitch on Friday. He hopes to be ready for start of the season, but it remains uncertain.

Xander Bogaerts will rejoin the team tonight and is scheduled to start on Thursday according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. Bogaerts went 4-for-19 in the World Baseball Classic, but drew seven walks. 

Michael Settipani

Michael Settipani joined CLNS Radio in July 2015 as a Bruins Beat columnist. Since then, Michael has also joined the Red Sox Beat team, and started the Bruins Beat podcast. In addition, Michael is a sports productions professional, and has held positions at HockeyTech Inc., Entercom Communications and NESN. 

Michael is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where he obtained a B.A. in Communications. 

Follow Michael on Twitter @MikeSetta22 and the Bruins Beat Podcast @Bruins_Beat