John Lackey looked strong in his final tune up of the spring on Thursday. Lackey stymied the Twins over 6.1 innings, allowing just 4 hits while striking out 6. The Red Sox offense was in full force as well as the team collected 11 hits, 7 of which went for extra bases. Boston went on to win by a final of 4-1 and tied the Championship Cup series at two games a side.
- To no ones surprise John Farrell officially announced Jon Lester as the Red Sox Opening Day starter. Aside from undoubtedly being the staff ace, Lester has enjoyed a solid spring allowing just one run over 13.1 innings. (John Farrell finally announces Jon Lester as Opening Day starter)
- With the resurgence of Grady Sizemore, the Red Sox would be fools to not start the oft-injured outfielder while he’s still healthy. Meanwhile, Jackie Bradley can head down to triple A and get consistent at-bats. (Boston Red Sox must ride Grady Sizemore while they can)
- Chris Capuano has never been regarded as one of the leagues best pitchers, but to one Massachusetts town he’s always been the ace. Since signing with the Red Sox, the Springfield native has received a hero’s welcome from his hometown. (Capuano counting his blessings)
- If Grady Sizemore does end up winning the center field job, don’t expect him to inherit the lead-off spot as well. Daniel Nava still appears to be the front runner atop Boston’s order. (Grady Sizemore will not bat lead off)
- Despite Craig Breslow’s best efforts to get healthy before Opening Day, the left hander will start the season on the DL. Now, with just two days left before the season begins, the Red Sox have an open bullpen spot and a plethora of worthy candidates. (Craig Breslow to DL, bullpen spot open)
- Former Red Sox top prospect Ryan Kalish officially made the Chicago Cubs Opening Day roster on Thursday. Current members of the Cubs brain trust, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, drafted Kalish back in 2006 while with the Red Sox. (Kalish makes Cubs opening day roster)
- Unfortunately, Patriots Day will forever remind us of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. To pay tribute to those lost and still grieving, the Red Sox will wear special jersey on April 21st. (Red Sox will wear “Boston” home jerseys on April 21)
- Major League Baseball and the Players Union are working towards an agreement that will enforce strict penalties for those caught with PED’s. The first offense is a 50-80 game suspension and the third is a lifetime ban. (MLB, players union close to deal that will increase PED penalties)
- Tweet of the day: Old Hoss doesn’t care if you make a billion dollars, he’ll drill ya.
It would genuinely be fun if M. Cabrera hit the hell out of the ball for the entirety of this contract. I'd still bean him, of course.
— Charles Radbourn, KCB (@OldHossRadbourn) March 27, 2014