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

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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

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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.


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.