John Farrell on The Baseball Show


John Farrell on The Baseball Show

New Red Sox manager John Farrell joined Jessica Moran, Sean McAdam, Lou Merloni on The Baseball Show on Thursday to talk about his expectations for the team going forward.

Farrell was a pitching coach in Boston a couple years back before going to Toronto to manage. Now, he's back in Boston for his "dream job".

McAdam asked if it's really sunk in yet.

"It's dawned on me already, Sean, I'm sure there's been a lot of criticism already in some ways," Farrell said. "But I think anytime you look at a Major League opportunity it's probably a dream job for many, many people. And the fact that this is a rare opportunity to do this in Boston, to do it with this organization, with a lot of the existing relationships that we talked about, I'm sure Friday sitting in that room or standing in front of that group that I was a coach of on those teams with them, that will be a moment in time that I think will be a little bit of a high point given all that's transpired over the last couple of years."

The conversation goes on to talk about the pitching staff and much more, so check it out.

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.


Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17. 

With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games. 

The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.