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Trivia: How well do you know the 2017 Red Sox? 04.27.17 at 11:27 am ET
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David Price tweets he’s feeling great after bullpen session, but won’t speak to media about it 04.25.17 at 12:57 pm ET
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David Price threw a bullpen session on Monday at Fenway Park as he works his way back from an elbow injury suffered during spring training.

Since it was an off-day, reporters didn’t have the chance to approach Price about the session afterwards, so Price took to Twitter on Tuesday to say how it went and to say that’s all he would be saying on the matter.

It’s unclear the motive for the tweets, but regardless it doesn’t appear to be sending a good message.

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Coolest Play of the Week: Mookie Betts go-ahead 3-run double in extra innings 04.21.17 at 10:52 am ET
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Each week, we will be picking the F.W. Webb “Coolest Play of the Week.” This week’s highlight is from Thursday afternoon, when the Red Sox headed to extra innings after Craig Kimbrel blew the save in the ninth. With the bases loaded in the top of the 10th, Mookie Betts cleared the bases with a double down the line that lifted the Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Watch the play below.

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Coolest Play of the Week: Xander Bogaerts’ go-ahead RBI single helps Red Sox complete sweep 04.14.17 at 11:05 am ET
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Each week, we will be picking the F.W. Webb “Coolest Play of the Week.” This week’s highlight is from Thursday afternoon. With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth, Xander Bogaerts drove in Hanley Ramirez with a single to right to help the Red Sox complete a (delayed) sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Relive the play below:

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Coolest Play of the Week: Andrew Benintendi 3-run homer on Opening Day 04.05.17 at 10:55 am ET
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Each week, we will be picking the F.W. Webb “Coolest Play of the Week.” This week’s highlight is from Opening Day. Andrew Benintendi hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth inning that opened up a 5-0 Red Sox lead over the Pirates. Check out the replay below:

 

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Photos: Red Sox Opening Day pregame ceremonies 04.03.17 at 3:21 pm ET
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The Red Sox opened the season Monday afternoon at Fenway Park. Pregame ceremonies featured Robert Kraft, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, James White, Dion Lewis and the Patriots’ five Lombardi Trophies. Check out some photos here.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski (WEEI)

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski (WEEI)

The Third Annual Not-So-Special Section: Previewing the 2017 Red Sox in a very average way 03.31.17 at 6:51 am ET
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It's that time again (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

It’s that time again. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Those special sections are great, aren’t they? Chock full of insightful stories and information about these 2017 Red Sox you’re about to digest. Awards will be won. Pats on the back will be had. Advertising dollars will be made. They are the ultimate spring-in-your-step elixir for journalists heading into this six-month reality show.

But, as we first pointed out two years ago, there’s a problem.

It’s really hard to commit two hours to uncover all that good work when nobody has more than two minutes. We have become a 140-character society. Either you’re reading your news of the day in that construct, or you’re using that burst of words/GIFs/emojis to be convinced it’s worth your precious time to dig a little deeper.

The days of sitting down, putting your life on hold and unfolding page after page to preview a season you simply want to get going are over. Hence, our attempt to accomplish the job while satisfying both your and our laziness … I mean efficiency.

If we could do this solely through one post using Siri, Instagram, Snapchat or even Tinder, we would. But we can’t. We will have to settle for a good old fashioned blog entry. If you’re feeling old fashioned, feel free to print it out and use to wrap those presents or start that fire. It is, after all, the spirit of the special section.

What is your predicted order of finish in the AL East?

@Bradfo: Blue Jays, Red Sox, Orioles, Yankees, Rays. Don’t sleep on what might be the best starting rotation in the division.

@Jtomase: Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles, Rays. The Red Sox still have most talent, though not by much. Don’t discount Yankees.

@RyanHannable: Blue Jays, Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles, Rays. Another prediction: Division will not be clinched until last weekend of season.

@AlexReimer1: Blue Jays, Orioles, Red Sox, Yankees, Rays. A dominant Blue Jays starting rotation leads the way; Kendrys Morales picks up enough of Edwin Encarnacion’s production.

How many games will the Red Sox win?

@Bradfo: 90. I have an uneasy feeling about this team.

@Jtomase: 92. @bradfo stole “uneasy” from my column the other day.

@RyanHannable: Noventa y uno (91).

@AlexReimer1: 79. David Price won’t start one game this season, and a shallow bullpen will be in disarray all summer long.

True or false: The AL East champ won’t even win 90 games.

@Bradfo: Insert lazy question/lazy answer emoji here.

@Jtomase: False. I just said 92 above. Who writes these questions?

@RyanHannable: False. In fact, two teams will win more than 90 games.

@AlexReimer1: False. The division winner has won at least 90 games every season since 2001.

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Xander Bogaerts gets off to good start at WBC as Netherlands beats South Korea 03.07.17 at 9:43 am ET
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While his teammates were sleeping, Xander Bogaerts helped Team Netherlands beat Team South Korea, 5-0 in their first game in the WBC Tuesday morning.

Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a triple, while playing third base. He hit third in the order behind Andrelton Simmons and Jurickson Profar.

The Netherlands scored two runs in the first inning and didn’t look back. They are in Pool A with South Korea, Chinese Taipei and Israel.

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Dave Dombrowski: Red Sox would like to have Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts for long time, but aren’t in rush to extend them 02.23.17 at 10:59 am ET
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Dave Dombrowski isn't in a rush to extend Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Dave Dombrowski isn’t in a rush to extend Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are two Red Sox players who are potential superstars and obviously the team would like to have them part of their long-term future.

Bogaerts is a free agent after the 2019 season, while Betts is a free agent after 2020.

Appearing on Kirk & Callahan Thursday morning, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the organization would like them to be with them for a long time, but aren’t in any rush to strike a deal.

“We would like them to be Red Sox for a long time,” Dombrowski said. “But, I have also learned throughout the years any time you have contract negotiations with players they are best kept between you and the player. That is how I have always handled those types of situations.”

Bogaerts is a Scott Boras client and he’s been known not to sign contracts before a player hits free agency. Dombrowski noted he’s been able to strike deals beforehand with Boras clients on a few occasions and sometimes it is up to the player to overrule Boras and make a decision on their own.

“I think first of all, let’s just use those two because they are specific, there’s not a rush per se,” Dombrowski said regarding an extension. “It’s not like they are [free agents] at the end of this year. I’ve run into those scenarios. You can occasionally still throw out that we have interest. I think what’s interesting throughout the years, I’ve dealt with Scott Boras many, many times for 30 years basically, and ultimately it is the player’s life. They need to step up at times and make their decisions and I have had players that Scott will say, ‘We’re really not interested,’ and he will talk to the player and at one point he may come back and the player may say, ‘I want to make this decision.'”

Dombrowski also noted that Bogaerts seems to enjoy being a member of the organization.

“I think Xander likes it here a great deal,” he said. “I think he is in a position where he would like to be a Red Sox. He appreciates the organization and the way he’s been treated. You never can tell what can happen with those things.”

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Curt Schilling on K&C gives thoughts on early Hall of Fame ballot returns, including his own chances 12.29.16 at 11:49 am ET
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Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling filled in on Kirk & Callahan Thursday morning with Christian Arcand and Andy Hart and a big topic of discussion was the Baseball Hall of Fame and who should get in, including Schilling himself.

On Twitter, @NotMrTibbs tracks Hall of Fame ballots that are posted online to get an idea of how the votes are going. As it stands now, Schilling has 53 percent of the vote, but many voters have publicly stated they will not vote for Schilling because of his outbursts on social media and political bias.

“I’m either going to be in the Hall of Fame or not based on the people who vote,” he said.

The former pitcher noted he hasn’t done anything wrong legally, so doesn’t believe it should impact how people vote, but also he doesn’t get offended when people disagree with him politically.

“I’ve never hit my wife. I’ve never driven drunk. I’ve never shot anyone. I’ve never shot myself. All the things that people are in the news for, I haven’t done those things,” Schilling said. “It doesn’t mean I haven’t made some major mistakes, but 99.9 percent of mine are my mouth because I am passionate about the things I believe in. I don’t get offended by people who don’t believe in my [views].”

Schilling also gave his thoughts on some players who are receiving votes:

Jeff Bagwell (93.2 percent): “Good. He should be [in].”

Sammy Sosa (10.6 percent): “Sammy Sosa hit 60-plus homers three years in a row. The writers are clearly telling you they think he is a fraud, but there are other guys that cheated, who are getting voted in.”

Ivan Rodriguez (84.8 percent): “I don’t know. He was a Canseco guy. Canseco is like WikiLeaks, never been wrong. I think he was a phenomenal player. I don’t know. That’s the tough one because it gets back to the point — where do you draw the, if you’re going to draw a line where do you draw it and how do you draw it? I don’t know. I love Pudge, which there is a personal piece to that, but I don’t know. I think he’s the best defensive catcher I ever saw.”

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