|Papi hits first homer, ready to start season|
The ball soared into the bullpen in right-center and David Ortiz posed for a second and watched. Then he did one of his signature bat flips, going into his first home run trot since Game 2 of last year's World Series. In truth, the Red Sox slugger is ready for the season to start.
|Sizemore's comeback 'work in progress'|
Now that Grady Sizemore feels healthy again for the first time in years, he's trying to regain his feel for the game. The Red Sox center fielder went 1-for-3 on Monday is expected to start again Tuesday, marking his first back-to-back appearances this spring.
|For first time since Series win, Sox send out 'A' team|
After going through the paces and getting reacclimated through their first 10 Grapefruit League games, the Red Sox sent out their entire "A" team Monday afternoon -- the lineup with which they hope to defend their World Series championship.
|Lester sharp in debut; Papi, Napoli go deep|
David Ortiz and Mike Napoli, the top two sluggers for the defending World Series champion Red Sox, hit towering home runs to fuel a 6-2 victory over the Rays on Monday afternoon at JetBlue Park. Ace Jon Lester made his first start of the spring, firing three innings of one-hit ball. The lefty walked one and struck out four.
|Lester lined up for fourth straight Opening Day start|
Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Monday that the way his rotation is currently lined up could well be the way it stays when the season starts. Lefty ace Jon Lester, on the mound Monday for his Grapefruit League debut, is positioned perfectly to open the season March 31 at Camden Yards against the Orioles.
|Brentz continues to sizzle at the plate|
That big hitter at the top of Boston's spring leaderboard isn't David Ortiz. Bryce Brentz went into Sunday's game against Pittsburgh leading the Red Sox in hits (six), home runs (three) and RBIs (six), and he reached base three times in Boston's 4-1 win over the Pirates.
|Buchholz pleased with second spring start|
Clay Buchholz came out of his second Spring Training start with some encouraging returns on Sunday, and he said he definitely made progress from his spring debut. Buchholz threw three hitless innings during Boston's 4-1 victory over the Pirates at McKechnie Field and seemed pleased with his outing.
|Carp not worried about role with Red Sox|
The last thing Mike Carp wants to do is analyze his Spring Training statistics. Carp, who thrived in a part-time role with the Red Sox last season, came into Sunday's game batting just .133 for the Grapefruit League season and dismissed any talk about a slow spring start.
|Following year off, Cordero refreshed, motivated|
Francisco Cordero, fresh off a year-long baseball sabbatical, is back on the mound and competing for a roster spot with the Red Sox, a prospect that seems thrilling to the three-time All-Star.
|Early offense plenty as Buchholz sets the tone|
Led off by starter Clay Buchholz's three hitless innings, five Boston pitchers combined on a four-hitter Sunday as the Red Sox downed the Pirates, 4-1, at McKechnie Field.
|Workman gets work in as Red Sox drop nightcap|
The Orioles completed the sweep of their day-night , home-and-home, split-squad doubleheader with the Red Sox, taking the nightcap, 13-2, on Saturday at JetBlue Park.
|Victorino considering batting right-handed exclusively|
Red Sox manager John Farrell said to reporters Saturday morning in Sarasota that Shane Victorino may consider not batting as a switch-hitter this season and just bat right-handed.
|Papi serves as mentor to Twins' prospect Vargas|
David Ortiz has taken to mentor Kennys Vargas, the Twins' 23-year-old first-base/designated-hitter prospect who is listed at 6-feet-5 and 273 pounds.
|Middlebrooks, Brentz go deep in first split-squad game|
Boston's Will Middlebrooks gave the Red Sox (2-6-1) their first run with a home run to right-center in the third inning, and Bryce Brentz contributed a two-run homer in the 7-3 loss to the Orioles.
|Doubront's improved fastball command key|
If the early indications mean anything, Felix Doubront could be in for a big year. Doubront stayed ahead of the count and ahead of his past performance in his second outing of the spring Friday, when he worked four scoreless innings for Boston in a 4-1 win over Atlanta.
|Nava has versatility to hit all over lineup|
The Red Sox aren't locked into any lineup choices, and this is the time of Spring Training where the manager can put everything on the table. Boston manager John Farrell spoke about Daniel Nava on Friday, saying that the veteran could fit at the top or in the middle of the lineup.
|Peavy, Victorino close to appearing in games|
Two of Boston's key injured players are getting closer to a return to the field. Manager John Farrell said Friday morning that Shane Victorino and Jake Peavy should both be able to play by next week, contingent upon them continuing to make progress in their recoveries.
|Doubront, Lavarnway stand out in victory|
After six innings of a pitchers' duel, the game turned on a two-out rally. The Red Sox earned their first lead of Friday's game in the seventh inning, when Jonathan Herrera drilled an RBI double and Ryan Lavarnway added a two-run single to lead Boston to a 4-1 win over Atlanta. Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront threw four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three of the 14 batters he faced.
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