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Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) is shown against the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla. Boston won 3-0. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Red Sox catcher Vazquez getting up to speed

Elbow surgery wiped out his 2015 season, but his arm has looked strong again in spring training.

FILE - JULY 18, 2015: MLB announces 162 game suspension after Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia tests positive for two anabolic steroids. PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 06: Jenrry Mejia #58 of the New York Mets pitches during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Tradition Field on March 6, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia 1st to draw lifetime drug ban

The commissioner’s office said Friday that Mejia tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone

Fort Myers, FL - 02/28/15 - Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez and Boston Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart move between training fields to take batting practice. Red Sox Spring Training. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 01Red Sox, LOID: 8.0.2826364469.

Alex Speier

Vazquez, Swihart trying to catch on with Red Sox pitchers

Here’s a look at how the five anticipated Red Sox starters have fared with each of the catchers on the roster.

Former Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill is one of Brian Bannister’s success stories.

Brian Bannister and the art of making pitchers better

The Red Sox’ director of pitching development uses a unique blend of creativity and analytics in his work with the team’s staff.

Travis Shaw, a bright spot in 2015, begins 2016 in limbo

Shaw, a first baseman by trade, is without a position in camp, so he will work in the outfield, just in case.

Boston 08/23/2012- Boston Red Sox vs LA Angels, Sox starting pitcher Franklin Morales fires a 1st inniing pitch. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

Red Sox notebook

Red Sox may seek to improve bullpen

Lefthanders Neal Cotts and Franklin Morales are among the relievers under consideration if the price is right.

Boston MA 4/19/15 Boston Red Sox Dustin Pedroia watching the game from the bench aganst the Baltimore Orioles during fifth inning action at Fenway Park on Sunday April 19, 2015. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: Red Sox-Orioles Reporter: Peter Abraham

Nick Cafardo | Red Sox mailbag

Ask Nick: Is Dustin Pedroia on the downside?

The Red Sox second baseman could be a star again if he stays healthy.

Veteran Ryan Hanigan (center) is the backup, but who will get the bulk of the starts: Christian Vazquez (left) or Blake Swihart (right)?


At catcher, Red Sox have a lot on their plate

They have two major league-ready players for one position in Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart.

KINFAY MOROTI/THE NEWS-PRESS.... Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price, center, works out with teammates Wednesday (2/10/16) at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida. (USED BY PERMISSION THROUGH SHARING AGREEMENT)


Here’s what to watch for when Red Sox spring training begins

For those caught up in other things, here’s a little primer on what will be going on at Fenway South.

David Ortiz got off to slow starts in three of the last seven seasons, but managed to finish strong.

Alex Speier

What if David Ortiz doesn’t fare well in his farewell?

There’s a different set of variables the Red Sox will have to consider in its handling of Ortiz’s playing time than in the past.

Boston, Massachusetts -- 5/3/2015-- Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly reacts as he walks back to the dugout after giving up a two run home run during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts May 3, 2015. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: RedSox-Yankees Reporter:

Alex Speier

Can the Red Sox get enough innings from the rotation?

Aside from David Price, there will be questions about the load that the Red Sox starters will assume.

The Red Sox became David Price’s third AL East team once Dave Dombrowski brought him aboard in December.


David Price is raring to go for Red Sox

The team’s new ace arrived in Fort Myers Tuesday to get acclimated and start meeting his teammates.

Ask Nick Red Sox Mailbag: Submit a question

Here’s your chance to pick Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo’s brain on the Red Sox.

Rick Porcello had a fractured debut season with the Red Sox in 2015, posting career-worst numbers in ERA (4.92) and losses (15).

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

Rick Porcello trying to put his struggles in the past

The highly paid pitcher hopes his disappointing first season in Boston was an aberration.

Ruben Amaro Jr., who was recently fired as GM of the Phillies and is now the Red Sox new first base coach, leads a baseball clinic at the Curtis Hall Community Center in Jamaica Plain. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Sports, abrahamp)

Ruben Amaro Jr. eager for a different view of baseball

The former Phillies general manager made an unusual move in becoming the Red Sox’ first base coach.

The Red Sox’ position players report to spring training on Feb. 23.


Here are the Red Sox storylines entering spring training

Have they added the right pieces to go from worst to first, and perhaps beyond?

The Red Sox captured the American League pennant in 1986, months after the Celtics won their 16th world title.


Two teams, one writer, and a legendary year in Boston sports

1986 was a year of great triumph (Celtics) and excruciating heartbreak (Red Sox), and Dan Shaughnessy witnessed it all.

Jonny Gomes slated to head to the Rakuten Golden Eagles on a one-year, $2 million deal.

Alex Speier

How have ex-Red Sox fared in Japan?

A look at a few notable Red Sox contributors of the last decade (and change) who played in Japan after leaving Boston.

The Red Sox traded reliable, perennially healthy lefthander Wade Miley to the Mariners, electing to keep Clay Buchholz (above).

Alex Speier

Red Sox took a gamble keeping Clay Buchholz

The decision to keep Buchholz will represent an obvious area for reexamination as the season unfolds.

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, left, high fives teammate Xander Bogaerts after Betts hit a home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Alex Speier

Should the Red Sox sign Bogaerts or Betts to an extension?

The team – and the players – may both prefer to wait until the dust settles on the next CBA.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Jonny Gomes #31 of the Kansas City Royals looks on in the clubhouse after defeating the New York Mets to win Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets with a score of 7 to 2 to win the World Series. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Former Red Sox Jonny Gomes to play in Japan

Gomes, a key member of the 2013 champion Sox team, signed a one-year deal with the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

06/02/15: Boston, MA: The Red Sox Rusney Castillo (right) who drove in teammate Xander Bogaerts (not pictured) with the only run of the game, gets a hand from teammmate Pablo Sandoval following the final out. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Minnesota Twins in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section: sports topic: Red Sox-Twins (1)

Alex Speier

Groundhog Day brings an optimistic outlook for Red Sox

There is reason to believe players like Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, and Rick Porcello may still live up to expectations.

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 26: Hanley Ramirez #13 and manager John Farrell #53 of the Boston Red Sox watch the game against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 26, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Peter Abraham

An expert’s advice for catching a Red Sox road game

Beat writer Peter Abraham knows the lay of the land in most baseball cities, and shares his advice.

David Ortiz will be the first active player on a Tommy Bahama shirt.

Tommy Bahama to make limited edition David Ortiz shirt

Only 550 to 650 shirts will be manufactured, and they will retail for $250.

Greg Bird had a strong first season in the majors in 2015, hitting .261 with 11 homers, 31 RBIs, and 9 doubles in 157 at-bats.


Yankees lose Greg Bird for the season

The 23-year-old first baseman will have surgery Tuesday to repair the labrum in his right shoulder.

Mookie Betts (left) and Xander Bogaerts in September.

Alex Speier

What’s next for Red Sox’ young core of players?

At age 22, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts posted impressive stats, but will they continue to improve or regress in 2016?

Mr. Williams played most of his career with the Chicago White Sox. He began in Houston, finished with the New York Yankees, and spent a season in Cleveland.

Walt Williams, 72; outfielder nicknamed No Neck

Mr. Williams played for the White Sox, what are now the Astros, the Indians, and the Yankees in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cubs president Theo Epstein (right) accelerated the team’s rebuilding process by bringing in manager Joe Maddon before last season. Now the expectations in Chicago are sky high.


Rebuilt Cubs ready to take the next step

Theo Epstein acknowledged that his youngsters arrived a year ahead of schedule last season with 97 wins.

Yoan Moncada has been working out in Fort Myers since December.


What does Yoan Moncada’s rapid transition mean going forward?

Moncada will no longer be a showcase talent, but instead a player who is in position to start showcasing his abilities in games.

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 27: Robbie Ross Jr. #28 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox won 2-0. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)


Red Sox sign lefty Robbie Ross Jr., avoiding arbitration

The three players who filed — Ross, Joe Kelly, and Junichi Tazawa — all signed before a hearing.

Robbie Ross Jr. had six saves in September or last season.

Red Sox sign Robbie Ross Jr., avoiding arbitration

The three players who filed — Ross, Joe Kelly, and Junichi Tazawa — all signed before a hearing.

Red Sox, MLB reveal additions to spring training uniforms

Patches that resemble highway road signs with state initials where each team trains were added on caps and jerseys.

Inaugural Red Sox women’s fantasy camp is a huge hit

The three-day camp with pro instruction and intense competition was a dream come true for 48 female players.

04/05/15: Philadelphia, PA: Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello is pictured during the team's workout on Sunday. The Boston Red Sox held a workout at Citizens Bank Park in anticipation of Monday afternoon's Opening Day MLB game vs. the host Philadelphia Phillies. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section: sports topic: Red Sox workout

Alex Speier

Red Sox rotation has contenders for No. 2 starter

The rotation could be anywhere from one of the best in the majors to a middle-of-the-pack ensemble.

Boston-09/05/15 -Boston Red Sox vs Philadelphia Phillies- Sox Mookie Betts runs to 1st base after he hit a 3rd inning double. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

Alex Speier

Mookie Betts possesses a very particular set of skills

Betts has shown the ability to avoid strikeouts while still making consistent, hard contact.

Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson allowed four runs in 4⅓
 innings in his lone big-league appearance for the Red Sox in 2015.

Red Sox’ Brian Johnson recalls terrifying car jacking

In recounting the Oct. 30 incident, Johnson said he just wanted to “stay alive.”

Boston MA 4/19/15 Boston Red Sox Dustin Pedroia watching the game from the bench aganst the Baltimore Orioles during fifth inning action at Fenway Park on Sunday April 19, 2015. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: Red Sox-Orioles Reporter: Peter Abraham

Healthy Dustin Pedroia shares his thoughts on range of topics

Speaking at a Red Sox function at Foxwoods, the second baseman said he was “a full go” for the season.

Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez has been pain-free during his winter throwing program.

Christian Vazquez’s return gives Red Sox real depth at catcher

Blake Swihart enters spring training as the projected starter, and Vazquez will likely start the season in Pawtucket.

Hanley Ramirez said he will report early to spring training so he can spend more time working with infield coach Brian Butterfield.

Hanley Ramirez prepared for position change

The Red Sox’ new first baseman showed up for the team’s weekend event at Foxwoods a noticeably leaner 234 pounds.

Two fan injuries last season at Fenway Park played a role in Major League Baseball recommending expanded safety netting.


Red Sox believe fans will adapt to Fenway’s extended netting

The tentative plan is to extend the netting behind the plate to the edge of the dugouts.

The Tigers’ acquisition of Jordan Zimmermann (right) helps put them in the “most improved” category.


Which MLB teams improved, which took step back?

Everyone loved the Nationals and Mariners last year, and neither got a sniff at the postseason.

Sports Log

Cespedes, Mets agree: 3-year, $75m

Lefthander Antonio Bastardo and the National League champion New York Mets have completed a $12 million, two-year contract.

Boston,MA 9/30/2005: Hall of Famer, and former Red Sox and Yankees 3B Wade Boggs was honored prior to the game, and as part of the ceremonies, he threw out a ceremonial first pitch to Tim Wakefield, and appropriately, it was a knuckle ball. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) - Library Tag 10012005 Sports

Peter Abraham

Plenty of topics at Red Sox’ weekend event

Among the things discussed by team officials Friday at Foxwoods — the extension of protective netting at Fenway, use of the DH in the National League, and Wade Boggs’s future with the Sox.

“To say that cancer saved my job, that’s not for me to answer,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell.


Healthy John Farrell can’t wait to manage the Red Sox again

He is stronger now. Most of his hair has come back, and John Farrell looks ready to manage again.

New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits before Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Sports Log

No charges in Aroldis Chapman case

Florida prosecutors decided not to file charges against Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend in October.

Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro, right, is introduced before the National League wild card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


MLB settlement a big win for out-of-town fans

Viewers will now be allowed to purchase single-team packages on