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Red Sox announce spring training dates for 2018

JetBlue Park.
JetBlue Park.Barry Chin/Globe staff file/Globe Staff

Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 13 with their first workout a day later at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Fla.

New manager Alex Cora and the Sox have 33 exhibition games scheduled with two more expected to be added on March 26 and 27 before the regular season opens March 29 at Tampa Bay. The home opener is April 5, also against the Rays.

The Sox host Northeastern and Boston College for a doubleheader on Feb. 22 starting at 1:05 p.m. The Grapefruit League schedule starts the next day against the Minnesota Twins at JetBlue Park.

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There are scheduled days off on March 5 and 13 and split-squad doubleheaders on Feb. 27 and March 7. The Sox play the Twins seven times and the Rays five times.

The Sox and Yankees will meet twice, on March 3 in Fort Myers and on March 23 at Tampa.

The Sox have only one night game scheduled at home, on March 16 against the Twins. The traditional St. Patrick’s Day home game will be against the Rays.

Tickets go on sale for spring training home games at 10 a.m. on Dec. 2 at JetBlue Park or on redsox.com.

The Red Sox equipment truck will leave Fenway Park for Fort Myers on Feb. 5.

Three players added

The Sox added three players to the 40-man roster, which protects them from the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 14.

Righthanders Chandler Shepherd and Ty Buttrey are now on the major league roster along with lefthander Jalen Beeks.

Beeks, 24, was 11-8 with a 3.29 earned run average in 26 starts for Double A Portland and Triple A Pawtucket last season. Opponents hit .224 against him.

Beeks, who played at Arkansas with Andrew Benintendi, projects as starter depth.

Buttrey, 24, made 40 relief appearances for Portland and Pawtucket. He had a 4.81 ERA and 1.46 WHIP but struck out 10.5 per nine innings. Buttrey has a high-90s fastball and an above-average changeup. That he pitched well in the Arizona Fall League helped secure a spot. Buttrey allowed two runs over 8⅓ innings and struck out 10 with three walks.

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Shepherd, 25, had a 4.07 ERA in 34 games for Pawtucket. He had 68 strikeouts over 59⅔ innings with only 18 walks. Shepherd is 3-2 with a 4.09 ERA in seven starts for Hermosillo in the Mexican Winter League.

Whether he comes to spring training as a starter or reliever is still to be determined.

Hall ballot out

Johnny Damon is among the new additions to the Hall of Fame ballot, which goes out to voters this week.

Damon was with the Red Sox from 2002-05, twice making the All-Star team and playing a prominent role on the 2004 World Series championship team.

Damon and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor are the only players in history with at least 200 home runs, 100 triples, 500 doubles, 1,500 runs, and 400 steals.

The most prominent newcomers on the ballot are Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, and Omar Vizquel.

New Hampshire native Chris Carpenter, a former Cy Young Award winner, also is on the ballot for the first time.

Candidates need 75 percent of the approximately 425 votes to be elected. Ballots are due by Dec. 31, with the results announced on Jan. 24.

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Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero (71.7 percent) just missed enshrinement last year when Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez were elected.

Other holdovers on the ballot include former Red Sox players Roger Clemens, Jamie Moyer, Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, and Billy Wagner.


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