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Mike Napoli’s blast has Red Sox talking

Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli hit a solo home run during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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Napoli’s home run Monday night suggests he’s ready to reclaim his power-hitting ability and could put the Sox lineup in elite company.


// Unfazed by last year, Jackie Bradley Jr. stays the course

“I can prove that what people saw last year wasn’t who I am as a player,” said the erstwhile center fielder.

Red Sox notebook

// New Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon jumps right into action

Leon, acquired Monday, caught five innings in Boston’s 11-8 win Tuesday over Tampa Bay.


// Tuesday’s spring training report: Nine-run ninth produces a victory

Blake Swihart’s two-run triple and another RBI single later in the inning were key in the comeback.

// Red Sox deciding when to get David Ortiz in at first base

Manager John Farrell wants to get Ortiz some game reps before the opening series against the Phillies, but isn’t sure when.


// Predicting the Red Sox roster, version 3.0

Here is our fourth look at how it could all shake out for the Red Sox on April 6.


// Realistically, how good are these Red Sox?

Many prognosticators like the Sox’ chances, but that might be a reflection of the division, not the team.


// John Farrell still leaning toward Shane Victorino in right field

If healthy after back surgery, Victorino would get the call over Rusney Castillo.

// Koji Uehara says he’ll start the season on the disabled list

Uehara, who is dealing with a hamstring issue, has appeared in just three games this spring, none since March 14.


// Breaking down the Red Sox catching situation

Christian Vazquez’s injury is unsettling, but the Sox believe they have enough depth at the position for now.

The Red Sox consider Allen Craig more valuable for roster depth than as a trade chip.


Red Sox prefer roster depth to trade opportunities

While trade speculation swirled throughout the spring, it appears the Red Sox will not make any major moves before the season.

// Red Sox trade for catcher Sandy Leon, put Christian Vazquez on disabled list

With Vazquez out with an elbow injury, the Red Sox added depth via a trade with the Washington Nationals.

NICK CAFARDO | Red Sox Mailbag

// Ask Nick: How much will losing Christian Vazquez hurt?

The Orioles and Cardinals lost their starting catchers last season but still won their divisions.

// Clay Buchholz officially named Red Sox’ Opening Day starter

It’s the first Opening Day assignment for Buchholz, a 30-year-old righthander.

// Monday spring training report: Justin Masterson sharp

The Sox belted seven straight hits in their six-run fourth inning against the Twins.


// Christian Vazquez to get second opinion on elbow Wednesday

The examination, at Andrews’s clinic in Gulf Breeze, Fla., could result in season-ending reconstructive surgery for Vazquez.

// Cubs reassign Kris Bryant to minor league camp

Union theatens litigation after the young slugger is demoted despite having an outstanding spring.

Alex Speier

// Catcher Blake Swihart almost certainly untouchable now

The injury to Christian Vazquez has left the Sox in no position to trade Swihart.


// Christian Vazquez’s injury is a sad, scary development

The Red Sox are anxious about the man they expected to bat ninth and catch 140 games this season.