David Ortiz is still haunted by failed drug test

Boston, Massachusetts -- 07/05/2014-- Boston Red Sox David Ortiz reacts after flying out to center against the Baltimore Orioles during the seventh inning of American League action in the second game of a double header in Boston, Massachusetts July 5, 2014. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: RedSoxOrioles Reporter:

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

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

David Ortiz 0-for-3 in return to game action for Red Sox

The designated hitter has been sidelined since March 16 because of illness, dehydration, and soreness.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin022115RedSoxSpring_spt45.jpg Shane Victorino disputes notion he wants Mookie Betts traded

The Red Sox outfielder said his comments regarding a potential deal for Cole Hamels have been misinterpreted.

Dan Shaughnessy

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After a mostly tranquil spring training,Victorino responded forcefully to commentary from two radio hosts.


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The catcher is making progress with his arm problems but is not 100 percent, according to John Farrell.


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Castillo broke a 4-4 tie with the Twins with a home run in the 10th inning.


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Garcia is a Rule 5 player and a former Sox prospect who could end up back in Boston if there’s no room in Baltimore.

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The charismatic Red Sox great has been a studio analyst for TBS’s postseason coverage the last two years.

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Brandon Magee was drafted by the Red Sox in the 23rd round in 2012.

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Dan Shaughnessy

Hitting coach Chili Davis commands respect with Red Sox

Davis was a three-time All Star who switch-hit his way to 350 homers over 19 seasons.


MLB investigating Jarred Cosart tweets

It is a MLB rules violation for players or any other employees to bet on baseball games.


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The big righthander said his outing was a great one to build on as he heads into his last two starts of the spring.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/uniform8-7247--90x90.jpg Meet the guy who makes Red Sox uniforms fit like a glove

Majestic’s Michael Panuccio is the tailor to the stars — and to every other major league ballplayer.


What’s with all the odd baseball ailments springing up?

Dehydration, strained obliques, dead arms . . . spring is the season of curious little tweaks and twinges.


Is outfield logjam a problem for Red Sox?

Having talent is always a good thing, but it can be a problem if there’s little playing time for outfielders who think they should be on the field.

Red Sox Notebook

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The closer hasn’t pitched in a game since March 14 and may miss the opener as he recovers from a hamstring strain.

Red Sox’ Yoan Moncada starting to see some game action

The Cuban prospect has played in Single A level games the past two days at spring training.