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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns delivers against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning during an exhibition spring training baseball game, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Red Sox rough up Rays starter Karns in 9-6 victory

Sunday, March 29, 2015

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Nathan Karns is excited about an opportunity to open the season in Tampa Bay’s pitching rotation. The Rays right-hander had a rough outing during a 9-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox yesterday. Still, he feels good about his overall progress this spring. Mike Napoli homered and Hanley Ramirez also drove in two runs off Karns, …

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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Julio Teheran labored through 5.2 innings but allowed 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 yesterday in a game called in the top of the seventh inning because of rain. Teheran, …

David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

Saturday, March 28, 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 …

Brandon Magee switches from Buccaneers to Red Sox

Friday, March 27, 2015

xxxxx FORT MYERS, Fla. – On Tuesday, Brandon Magee was a Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker. On Wednesday, he became a Boston Red Sox outfielder. A day after he was cut by the Bucs, Magee reported to minor league spring training. Magee played both sports at Arizona State, wasn’t …

Ortiz, Napoli return as Red Sox beat Twins, 5-4

Friday, March 27, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – David Ortiz was 0-for-3 in his return to Boston’s lineup after a nine-day absence, and the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-4, yesterday. Bothered by a cold and dehydration, Ortiz had not played …

Craig throws his hat into the outfield ring in Red Sox’s loss to Marlins

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

JUPITER, Fla. – Allen Craig bolstered his bid for more playing time in Boston’s crowded outfield, hitting a three-run double in helping the Red Sox build a lead, but one the Miami Marlins overcame with an eight-run eighth …

Cardinals, Red Sox call off game due to rain during fifth inning

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The spring training game between St. Louis and the Boston Red Sox yesterday was rained out with the Cardinals leading in the middle of the fifth inning. With the game three outs shy of being official, rain started and the game was called after …

Sox’s Ramirez belts first homer in win over Phillies

Sunday, March 22, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Boston left fielder Hanley Ramirez blasted a three-run homer as part of a five-RBI afternoon in a 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Ramirez collected more RBI yesterday than in his first 10 spring …

Liriano strikes out six as Pirates and Red Sox tie, 2-2

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BRADENTON, Fla. – Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano and Boston’s Wade Miley each pitched scoreless ball yesterday before bowing out in a game that ended in a 2-2 tie. Liriano, who was named the Pirates’ opening day starter, struck out …

Castillo homers, but Red Sox lose to Orioles, 11-5

Saturday, March 21, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – It looks as if Rusney Castillo is feeling much better. Castillo hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat of spring training, but the Boston Red Sox lost, 11-5, to the Baltimore Orioles yesterday. Castillo signed a $72.5 million, seven-year contract with Boston last …

Bautista hits long homer as Blue Jays beat Red Sox, 6-3

Friday, March 20, 2015

DUNEDIN, Fla. – Jose Bautista hit a long home run for the Toronto Blue Jays in a 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox yesterday. Bautista’s first-inning drive off Henry Owens easily cleared the 333-foot mark in left field and landed in a patch of oak trees. The …

Porcello, Betts lead Red Sox over Twins’ split squad 3-2

Thursday, March 19, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Rick Porcello allowed one run and three hits in four innings and Mookie Betts hit his fifth spring training double, helping the Boston Red Sox beat a Minnesota Twins’ split squad, 3-2, yesterday. Porcello …

Buchholz pitches four innings as Red Sox lose to Braves, 11-3

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – 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 yesterday. Buchholz gave up …

Harvey impresses, Spring goes deep as Sox beat Mets, 4-3

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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

Long ball helps Phillies beat Red Sox, 11-4

Monday, March 16, 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 …