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spring training report

Wednesday’s spring training report: Tanner Houck, Red Sox pounded by Twins

Houck’s putrid spring continued, as the righthander was shellacked for eight runs in 4⅔ innings.

Red Sox

With Bobby Dalbec’s path to a Red Sox roster spot at the corners blocked, could he carve out a role up the middle?

Dalbec has been taking reps at shortstop — and played there in the last couple of innings against the Twins — as he tries to find a way onto the Opening Day roster.


Top-ranked women’s tennis player Iga Swiatek withdraws from Miami Open with rib injury

The 21-year-old Polish star also will sit out her country's Billie Jean King Cup qualifier matches against Kazakhstan on April 13-14.


Texans make Laremy Tunsil league’s highest-paid left tackle with three-year, $75 million extension

Houston doesn't know who its quarterback will be next season and beyond, but whoever it is will be well protected with Tunsil signed through 2026.


Michael Jordan considering sale of Hornets, but no deal is imminent

The six-time NBA champion is in negotiations to sell at least a portion of the franchise to a group that includes Hornets minority owner Gabe Plotkin.


Boston University, Merrimack, Harvard set to chase NCAA men’s hockey championship

The two Hockey East tournament finalists and ECAC runners-up are all hoping to book a date in Tampa and the Frozen Four by Saturday night.

Red Sox Notebook

Masataka Yoshida returns to Red Sox camp as a champion after turning heads at World Baseball Classic

Yoshida batted .409/.531/.727 with a 1.258 OPS and two homers in seven games as a key member of the tournament-winning Japanese squad.


Clippers’ Paul George could miss start of playoffs with sprained knee

George, who sprained his right knee late in Tuesday's loss to the Thunder on Tuesday nigh, will be reevaluated in 2-3 weeks.