Red Sox reveal spring training schedule

In its third season as the Red Sox spring training home, JetBlue Park in Fort Myers will host 17 Grapefruit League games.
In its third season as the Red Sox spring training home, JetBlue Park in Fort Myers will host 17 Grapefruit League games.

Jake Peavy had his new duck boat out on a lake in Alabama Thursday. Dustin Pedroia was vacationing in the South Pacific with the family. Mike Napoli may or may not have put on a shirt.

But the downtime will not last forever for the world champion Red Sox. The team announced that pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report for spring training on Feb. 15, with the first full-squad workout set for Feb. 20.

It will be the third season for the Red Sox at JetBlue Park and the Fenway South complex in Fort Myers, Fla. They will play 17 home games during spring training.


The schedule starts with an exhibition doubleheader against Northeastern and Boston College on Feb. 27. The Sox then host the Minnesota Twins Feb. 28, the first of six games against the Twins, who also train in Fort Myers.

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The Sox will take one trip to the east coast of Florida to play the Cardinals and Marlins in Jupiter on March 5-6.

The March 17 St. Patrick’s Day game at JetBlue Park will be against the Cardinals.

The Sox will play the Yankees in Tampa March 18 and host them March 20. The Sox will play five games against the Orioles, four against Tampa Bay, and just one against the Blue Jays.

The final game will be March 29 against Minnesota before the regular season opens March 31 at Baltimore.


Tickets go on sale for spring training home games Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at JetBlue Park, by phone (888-REDSOX6), or via

Eight of the 15 seating categories at JetBlue Park will increase by $2.

Ticket prices range from $5 to $48.

David Ortiz talk

The Red Sox had an agreement with David Ortiz when they signed him to a two-year deal before the 2013 season that they would not negotiate a new contract or extension until after the deal expired, according to a major league source. The agreement would not necessarily preclude the sides from striking a new deal, however.

According to a report out of the Dominican Republic this week, Ortiz said he wanted to continue playing for the Sox for a year beyond his current deal.


Ortiz, who just turned 38, said in Santo Domingo that he would keep playing as long as he feels healthy.

Ortiz hit .309 with 30 homers, 70 extra-base hits, and 103 RBIs in 137 games last season.

He was then named Most Valuable Player of the World Series, reaching base in 11 of 16 at-bats with two home runs and six RBIs.

Ortiz agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract last winter after playing on one-year contracts in 2011 and 2012. The deal is now worth $29 million thanks to Ortiz not spending more than 20 days on the disabled list in 2013.

Players cash in

The Red Sox’ World Series shares are worth $307,322.68. They voted to award 58 full shares, 14.89 partial shares, and 21 cash awards.

In all, the Red Sox split up $22.6 million in postseason revenue distributed by Major League Baseball. The shares, partial shares, and cash awards are given to players, coaches, and support staff. The players vote to determine the amounts.

The Cardinals distributed 56 full shares worth $228,300.17 each.

The players’ pool is derived from postseason gate receipts. The 10 postseason teams split up $62.7 million in all.

Film premiere

MLB Productions will premiere the 2013 World Series film Monday at the Wang Center in Boston. The film, narrated by actor Ben Affleck, will go on sale Tuesday. John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington, David Ross, Will Middlebrooks, and Jim Rice are among those expected to attend the screening. Fans can purchase tickets to the screening through

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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the 2012 World Series film would have its premiere Monday. It is the 2013 World Series film that will have its premiere at the Wang Center.