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Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Sunday that Edward Mujica would begin the season as his team's closer with Koji Uehara sidelined.

Uehara is battling a hamstring injury and isn't likely to be ready for Opening Day. While Mujica had a disappointing season with the Red Sox in 2014, he excelled while filling in for Uehara down the stretch, posting a 2.12 ERA and 14/5 K/BB ratio while making good on all six of his save chances over his final 17 appearances. As long as he has the job to begin the season, he's worthy of starting in all mixed leagues.
Mar 29 - 6:38 PM

Deven Marrero delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th as the Red Sox edged the Rays 3-2 on Sunday.

Marrero also drove in a run with a groundout his first time up. Known for his glove, Marrero, a 2012 first-round pick, is batting .308 in 26 at-bats. He'll be Triple-A Pawtucket's shortstop this year, and he'll probably be the choice to step in for the Red Sox if Xander Bogaerts gets hurt at any point.
Mar 29 - 5:43 PM

Shane Victorino went 0-for-3 and failed to rundown a catchable fly into shallow right Sunday against the Rays.

Fortunately, the runner on first figured the ball would be caught, and Victorino was able to throw him out at second. Still, Victorino has been thoroughly unimpressive this spring as he attempts to rebound from an injury-filled 2014. Rusney Castillo made a terrific play in right field after replacing Victorino today and also singled and scored the winning run in the 10th. Both Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. have looked better than Victorino in camp, and if Victorino isn't going to show flashes of his old range, Allen Craig and Daniel Nava might be superior right field options as well.
Mar 29 - 5:38 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox will consider carrying Blake Swihart on the Opening Day roster if Christian Vazquez (elbow) needs Tommy John surgery.

It had been reported previously that Swihart was under consideration for a roster spot, but Heyman is the first to reveal that Vazquez might need Tommy John surgery. The longer Vazquez would be out, the better you'd have to think the chances are of Swihart cracking the roster. Vazquez is being examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday to see if he needs season-ending surgery. Swihart hit .293 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI between Double- and Triple-A last season. He'd figure to split playing time with Ryan Hanigan if on the roster.
Mar 29 - 3:49 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Christian Vazquez could require Tommy John surgery after an MRI revealed damage to his right ulnar collateral ligament.

The Red Sox haven't commented on the situation, but the fact that Vazquez is being sent to Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a second opinion isn't a good sign. Heyman has confirmed everyone's worst fear, as Vazquez would be knocked out for the season if an operation is required. Ryan Hanigan is perfectly capable of holding down the fort, but the Red Sox are reportedly considering keeping top prospect Blake Swihart on the roster.
Mar 29 - 3:44 PM

Joe Kelly (biceps) will appear in a minor league game on Wednesday.

The Red Sox are throwing Kelly against minor leaguers just in case they have to backdate a disabled list stint for him. The right-hander hasn't appeared in a game in nearly two weeks due to biceps soreness. "We'll continue to make sure that he's answering the physical questions,'' said John Farrell. "With the number of pitches thrown and a progression that's outlined for him...We're keeping their options open.''
Mar 29 - 12:58 PM

Christian Vazquez (elbow) will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.

Vazquez said said Saturday that the first MRI "found something" in his right elbow. The Red Sox have offered no details, which probably isn't a good sign. We should find out after Wednesday's exam how serious the ailment is.
Mar 29 - 10:07 AM

The Red Sox have named Clay Buchholz their Opening Day starter.

Buchholz will take on the Phillies on April 6 and will be followed by Rick Porcello. The veteran right-hander is coming off a 2014 season that saw him post a 5.34 ERA over 28 starts, but he's been excellent this spring with an 18/3 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. The Red Sox' rotation is looking pretty shaky heading into the season.
Mar 29 - 10:03 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Koji Uehara is "not likely" to be ready for Opening Day after feeling more discomfort in his left hamstring during a bullpen session Saturday.

It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined, but the veteran reliever has dealt with the hamstring ailment for nearly two weeks now and doesn't seem to be getting much better. Edward Mujica will be the primary closer for the Red Sox until Uehara is ready, although Farrell wouldn't rule out using Junichi Tazawa, Tommy Layne and Alexi Ogando should the matchups present themselves.
Mar 29 - 10:00 AM

Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer Saturday as the Red Sox topped the Rays 9-6.

It was an opposite-field shot off Nate Karns. Napoli is batting .370 with three homers in 26 at-bats. Last year, he failed to top 20 homers for the first time since 2007, finishing with 17 in 415 at-bats. He should get back to at least 20 this year, but since he'll probably be batting sixth, rather than fourth, for Boston, his fantasy upside isn't quite what it used to be.
Mar 28 - 4:47 PM

Steven Wright surrendered five unearned runs in 3 2/3 innings Saturday against the Rays.

Wright had it easy for three innings, but he couldn't pitch around Xander Bogaerts' error in the fourth and he had to be taken out. Wright was credited with the win anyway, and since the runs were unearned, he's still sitting pretty with a 3-0 record and a 1.32 ERA. He'll be Boston's fifth start if Joe Kelly opens up on the DL.
Mar 28 - 4:45 PM

Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-3 and made a costly error at shortstop Saturday against the Rays.

The error on a routine play kickstarted a five-run inning for the Rays. Bogaerts homered in two of his first three games of the spring, but he's 5-for-27 with no homers since. On the plus side, he still has a nice 5/6 K/BB ratio for the spring. There won't be as much pressure on him in Boston this year, as he's facing no competition at shortstop and he's being asked to hit towards the bottom of a productive lineup. He's still being counted on to step up his play, though.
Mar 28 - 4:40 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday that Koji Uehara (hamstring) has not been ruled out for Opening Day.

"He's a one-inning reliever, a veteran guy", Farrell said Saturday, indicating that he doesn't need much in-game preparation to get ready for the regular season. In the event that Uehara is unable to go, Edward Mujica is the favorite to see early save chances for the Red Sox.
Mar 28 - 11:21 AM

Christian Vazquez (elbow) said Saturday that his MRI "found something" but the team will get a second opinion before making a formal diagnosis.

That certainly doesn't sound promising for his chances of suiting up on Opening Day. Vazquez has been battling a sore right elbow for the past week or so which prompted the exam. If he is unavailable for the start of the season, Ryan Hanigan could function as the team's primary catcher.
Mar 28 - 8:59 AM

Clay Buchholz yielded six runs and 12 hits over five innings Friday in a loss to the Braves.

That's three more hits than he allowed in his previous three starts combined. Buchholz seemed to be focusing more on his fastball than usual today, probably in an effort to build up stamina. He still struck out six batters, but he also gave up plenty of hard contact. Overall, it's been a rather encouraging spring for him, particularly with the 18/3 K/BB ratio and just one homer allowed in 15 innings.
Mar 27 - 4:28 PM

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