Predicting the Red Sox roster, version 3.0

Rusney Castillo (above) and Shane Victorino could make for an effective tandem, even though both are righthanded hitters.

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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.


// Monday’s spring training report: Justin Masterson sharp

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

// 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.


// 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.

Sandy Leon has appeared in 107 major league games.

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.

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

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

// Cubs reassign Kris Bryant to minor league camp

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

Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello still maintain their friendship.


Max Scherzer talks a good game

Scherzer started his career with the Diamondbacks but really learned how to pitch with the Tigers.

Manager John Farrell decided on Clay Buchholz before the start of spring training, but made it official Sunday.

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Clay Buchholz officially named Red Sox’ Opening Day starter

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

Alex Speier

// Catcher Blake Swihart almost certainly untouchable now

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

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)



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.

David Ortiz comments on why he wrote about drug tests

“It’s not me. It’s the reporters who keep asking me the same questions,” Ortiz said.


// Dear David Ortiz, since you brought it up . . .

A look at allegations of steroid use and drug testing that have revolved around David Ortiz.

// Failed drug test shadows Davis Ortiz

The stigma has stuck to Ortiz like pine tar, scarring his legacy and threatening to keep him out of the Hall of Fame.

// David Ortiz blasts those who believe he’s a drug cheat

The Red Sox’ designated hitter wrote a first-person essay on PED suspicions, the hall of fame, and MLB testing practices.