FORT MYERS, Fla. — In the wake of Mike Trout’s big contract extension, reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts made it clear his “love” for playing in Boston won’t translate to a discount for the Red Sox.
TOKYO — Domingo Santana led an offensive barrage with an opposite field grand slam and the Seattle Mariners topped the Oakland Athletics 9-7 in the first game of the 2019 regular season in the Tokyo Dome.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Pitching coach Dana LeVangie’s lengthy mound visit with Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes during the fifth inning of a 4-1 loss to the Twins on Monday could be summed up in four words: “Stop tipping your pitches.”
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The radar gun rarely tells the whole story, but with Chris Sale’s progression this spring, the lower velocity readings could be more important than the high ones as he looks to slowly build up strength for the regular season.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — J.D. Martinez grounded out and worked a walk against Max Scherzer on Tuesday but after his first two games of this spring (he played on Monday) he is still hitless after five at-bats.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Price takes a deep breath and his eyes zero in on the target. To look at the Red Sox left-hander in that moment through a close-up TV shot is to wonder whether he would hear an overhead sonic boom.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made his 2019 Grapefruit League debut in an 8-5 comeback victory against the Twins at JetBlue Park a memorable one, at least until he forgets it on Opening Day or sooner.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — There might come a time when the Boston sports teams are less cordial, when the fight for fans’ attention is too fierce and perhaps one or two of the teams actually have losing records.