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Spring training report: Batting practice is live and lively

Even though it’s batting practice, David Price had his game face on.jim davis/globe staff

THURSDAY’S WEATHER: It was windy and 60 degrees when the team took the field. But it warmed up to 67.

MEDICAL REPORT: Rusney Castillo (flu) remains sidelined. He is not expected back on the field before the end of the week.

FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The highlight of the day was live batting practice. David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Henry Owens, Tommy Layne, and Robbie Ross Jr. were among those on the mound.

THUMBS UP: Pablo Sandoval had the hardest-hit balls off Price, one going to the base of the fence in left-center. Batting righthanded, Sandoval took some good hacks.

“His righthanded swing is much more consistent than what we saw at any time last year,” manager John Farrell said. “Over the last couple of years it has been more of a struggle for Pablo from the right side. But the work he has put in this winter, just watching the BP and now live BP against some good velocity, he’s at a better place to hit, getting himself in a better position to hit.”

HEADS UP: Most of the pitchers use a protective screen in front of the mound when they throw live batting practice. Tommy Layne eschewed the screen and nearly paid for it when Blake Swihart drilled a ball right at him. Layne snagged the ball, avoiding injury.


AROUND THE BASES: The Sox have their annual charity golf tournament Friday and will start practice a little earlier. The event benefits the Golisano Children’s Hospital . . . David Ortiz on whether he would consider playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic next spring: “No. That’s not on my mind.”

SCHEDULE: The Sox continue with live batting practice. Pitchers scheduled to throw include Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Carson Smith, and Junichi Tazawa. The workout starts at 9:30 a.m.


Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.