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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.

SPORTS LOG

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.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

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.

ALEX SPEIER

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)

SPORTS LOG

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 NOTEBOOK

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.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

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.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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)

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

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

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

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RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Former pitcher Frank Sullivan dies at age 85

The big righthander posted a 90-80 record in eight seasons with Boston.

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel follows through with a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth inning of a baseball game in San Diego. New Boston Red Sox boss Dave Dombrowski on Friday night, Nov. 13, 2015, made his first big move to rebuild the franchise after its third last-place finish in four years, acquiring the four-time All-Star closer from the Padres for four prospects. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Alex Speier

A guide to baseball’s projection season

Fangraphs projected the Red Sox to win 92 games, but there are some areas that could steer them far from that win/loss total.

Fort Myers-January 17, 2015-Sunrise over JetBlue Park.

For some Red Sox, spring has already sprung

Catcher Christian Vazquez, infielder Yoan Moncada, and pitcher Matt Barnes were all in Fort Myers last weekend.

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said he has never been involved in gambling activities, but otherwise isn’t commenting on a Major League Baseball investigation.

Sports log

Darvish denies link to brother’s gambling

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said he has never been involved in gambling activities amid a Major League Baseball investigation.

Justin Upton will help give the Tigers one of baseball’s most formidable lineups.

Sports Log

Tigers land free agent outfielder Justin Upton, reports say

The three-time All-Star agreed to a six-year deal for $132.75 million, according to sources and reports.

Commissioner Rob Manfred is on the record for being against reducing the number of games in the regular season because there’d be too many lost gates.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Could a shorter season work in Major League Baseball?

Baseball is unlikely to reduce the number of games, but it could be an issue in upcoming collective bargaining talks.

Cardinals reliever Mitch Harris completed his duties with the US Navy before making his major league debut in 2015 at age 29. Harris will receive the Tony C. Award at this year’s Boston Baseball Writers dinner.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

Ex-Navy lieutenant put into service by St. Louis Cardinals

Mitch Harris spent five years on active duty after graduating from the Naval Academy, before turning pro.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly.

Sports Log

Red Sox sign Joe Kelly to 1-year deal

The Red Sox avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to terms with the righty on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for 2016.

A slightly rusted Boston Red Sox logo is seen at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, a day after the Red Sox finished the baseball season in last place in the American League East. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Red Sox name minor-league coaching staffs

Former major leaguer Greg Norton will be their minor league hitting coordinator, and Kevin Boles returns as Pawtucket’s manager.

Apr 9, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) high fives left fielder Hanley Ramirez (13) after scoring against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Speier

Should the Red Sox expect Hanley and Pablo to bounce back?

The team is investing considerable faith that one or both will bounce back from their horrific Red Sox debuts.

Brennan Boesch got ready to bat against the Chicago Cubs during the game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sports Log

Red Sox sign Boesch to minor deal

Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch signed a one-year, minor-league deal with the Red Sox Wednesday that included an invitation to spring training.

MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Brennan Boesch #27 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a single in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 19, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Red Sox sign Brennan Boesch to minor league contract

Boesch, who turns 31 in April, is a lefthanded hitter who has played right and left field in his career.

Curt Schilling will join play-by-play voices Karl Ravech and Dave Flemming and analyst Eduardo Perez on “Monday Night Baseball.”

Curt Schilling will be back on ESPN, calling ‘Monday Night Baseball’

Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone have been added to the Sunday night telecasts as color analysts.

After starring in the Negro leagues, Monte Irvin helped lead the New York Giants to two pennants in the 1950s.

Monte Irvin, 96; Hall of Famer starred in majors, Negro leagues

Mr. Irvin spent most of his prime years outside of the major league ranks, because of the color barrier.

Hall of Famer Monte Irvin dies at 96

The power-hitting outfielder starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s.

It’s possible that Christian Vazquez could be ready for Opening Day, but the Red Sox can afford to be cautious.

Red Sox Notebook

For Christian Vazquez, winter ball was a big step in comeback

Coming off Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox catcher played 33 games for three teams, all at DH.

The Red Sox slugger (third from right), with manager John Farrell (second from right) and others.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

John Farrell gets firsthand look at Hanley Ramirez’s fitness

The Red Sox manager was in Florida on Monday to meet with Ramirez and gauge his offseason conditioning.

Boston, MA - 04/13/12 - (PRE GAME) Former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and pitcher Tim Wakefield were the honorees for the ceremonial first pitch. The Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the Season Opener at Fenway Park. - (Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin), section: Sports, reporter: Peter Abraham, slug: 14Rays-Red Sox. LOID: 5.0.106606203.

Red Sox announce 2016 class for team Hall of Fame

Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield head the list of inductees at a May 19 event in Boston.

Manny Ramirez hit .312 for his career.

NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

The case for and against Manny Ramirez’s Hall of Fame bid

The former Red Sox tested positive for PEDs at a time when there was no gray area.

Ken Griffery Jr. (left) reversed his cap after donning it backward at a news conference about his and Mike Piazza's election to baseball's Hall of Fame.

Baseball Hall of Fame’s newest duo picks caps

There were stories and good humor Thursday, a day after the pair were elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Jeff Bagwell played 15 major-league seasons, all with the Houston Astros.

Alex Speier

An insider’s view of the rise of Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza

A scout who knew both shared what he knows about the two players shadowed by suspicion, but no proof, of PED use.

The late Frank Malzone (left, with Willie Mays in the 1960 All-Star Game) was a bright spot for the Red Sox in the dark days of the early ’60s.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

A piece of this, and a piece of that

The Globe columnist takes a few moments to weigh in on topics from around the sports world.

David Ortiz announced he will retire after the 2016 season.

Peter Abraham | Beat Writer’s Notebook

Hall of Fame voting shift works in David Ortiz’s favor

The Red Sox’ slugger will be eligible in 2021, and the electorate will have changed even more by then.