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FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz speaks during a news conference in Sarasota, Fla. Ortiz says he "never knowingly took any steroids" and he's definitely a Hall of Famer.  The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter come in a column Thursday, March 26, 2015, for The Players' Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives professional athletes a platform. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

Friday, March 27, 2015

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: “I never knowingly took any steroids.” And this, too: “I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.” The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in a column Thursday for The Players’ Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives professional athletes a platform. Ortiz also voiced …

Julio Teheran labors into the sixth, Braves beat Buchholz, Boston

Friday, March 27, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Julio Teheran labored through 52/3 innings, allowing only two runs, and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Clay Buchholz for 12 hits and four runs in a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday in a game called in the top of the seventh inning because of rain. …

Red Sox look for a repeat of 2013

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — A revamped lineup and change in attitude has the Boston Red Sox looking to repeat a feat they performed just two seasons ago when they went from worst to World Series champions. Like the hip-hop song they blasted in their locker room after the 2013 division and World Series titles were …

Clay Buchholz pitches 4 innings as Red Sox lose to Braves 11-3

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Clay Buchholz allowed four runs in four innings, and Boston’s defense committed four of the game’s seven errors in an 11-3 loss by the Red Sox to the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. Buchholz …

Matt Harvey pitches 4 scoreless innings; Mets lose to Red Sox 4-3

Monday, March 16, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Matt Harvey allowed three hits over four scoreless innings for his second strong start following elbow surgery, and the New York Mets lost to the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Monday. Hours after the Mets learned Zack Wheeler likely will need Tommy John surgery, …

Long ball helps Phillies beat Red Sox 11-4

Sunday, March 15, 2015

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Justin Masterson was in a far better mood than most pitchers with his stat line. Cord Phelps hit a three-run homer, Ryan Howard and Jordan Danks also connected, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston …

Mike Napoli homers twice for Red Sox in loss to Pittsburgh

Saturday, March 14, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mike Napoli hit two solo home runs for the Boston Red Sox in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Napoli connected in his only two at-bats, both times against Gerrit …

Red Sox finish $31.5M deal with Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada

Friday, March 13, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Having finalized a contract for a record $31.5 million signing bonus, 19-year-old Yoan Moncada likely will start his minor league career this season at Greenville of the Class A South Atlantic League. “My goal …

David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval homer, Red Sox top Pirates

Thursday, March 12, 2015

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A.J. Burnett had little trouble the first time through Boston’s batting order. The second time around was different. Burnett left with runners on in the third inning, David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval followed with …

A-Rod hits first spring homer in Yankees’ 10-6 loss to Red Sox

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez erased any personal doubts about regaining his power with one big swing. Rodriguez hit his first home run since returning to the Yankees following a drug suspension and Chris Capuano was forced out …

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred interested in playing in Cuba

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

JUPITER, Fla. — Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is talking with the U.S. government about playing exhibition games in Cuba. President Barack Obama said in December the U.S. was re-establishing relations with the communist island nation. “I …

Masterson pitches 3 perfect innings, Red Sox beat Rays

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox starter Justin Masterson kept up his strong spring by pitching three perfect innings Tuesday in a 5-1 win over the split-squad Tampa Bay Rays. “Able to throw strikes, be in the …

Wacha goes 2 perfect innings, Cardinals lose to Red Sox 3-0

Monday, March 9, 2015

JUPITER, Fla. — Michael Wacha hopes to put an injury-filled 2014 behind. Wacha retired all six batters he faced in his spring training debut, and six Boston Red Sox pitchers combined on a six-hitter in a 3-0 victory …