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Merloni: Farrell will have big impact on pitching staff

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Merloni: Farrell will have big impact on pitching staff

Lou Merloni is live from Fort Myers, FL for Red Sox Spring Training and joins Mike Felger on Sports Tonight to talk about the Sox pitching staff.

The staff was a disaster last year, but the hope is that new Sox manager, and former Sox pitching coach, John Farrell can change things. Merloni is on board with that way of thinking.

"I think he can have a big impact. Listen, the last time he saw these guys, a lot of them were on top of their game. Whatever liberties they took with Terry Francona, and the last couple of pitching coaches, I think that does go away. There was that fear factor with John Farrell; he does have that presence."

Merloni and Felger also tackle the news that John Lackey has arrived in camp having lost a ton of weight. Merloni doesn't seem to care much, but Felger thinks it's a good signs.

The two do agree on Jon Lester's recent comments regarding another "level" he can reach as a pitcher.

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Yawkey Way or another way?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Yawkey Way or another way?

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9:25 - Jay Cutler went 3-6 for 24 yards in Thursday’s game against the Ravens. Phil Perry, Tom Curran and Kayce Smith discuss whether the Dolphins could challenge the Patriots in the AFC East this season.

13:20 - The Oilers signed forward Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year, $8.5 million contract. Joe Haggerty joins BST to analyze how that signing could impact how the Bruins view David Pastrnak.