Will the Red Sox, coming off consecutive last-place finishes under John Farrell, be tempted to make a quick change if they start slowly?
Addressing some smaller, but not-so-insignificant questions for the Red Sox as spring training approaches.
Dave Dombrowski's in-season approach will probably be different than Ben Cherington's. How different? Let us count the ways . . .
3yThe Sox and Jays play through a rainy one in Fenway, and it's the Jays that come out with a 9-6 win after a nearly two hour rain delay. Felix Doubront gets knocked around, and David Ortiz hits two home runs in the loss.
3yPresident Barak Obama, in Boston for a fundraiser, couldn't help but thank the city of Boston for trading Kevin Youkilis to his hometown White Sox.
3yWhile Kevin Youkilis joined the White Sox with below-average numbers, the 33-year-old third baseman is itching to show that he still can be productive in the majors.
3yFormer Red Sox pitching coach and current Blue Jays skipper John Farrell chimes in on Daniel Bard's struggles as a starter as he goes back to the reliever role.
3yBrent Lillibridge will forever be linked to Kevin Youkilis, seeing as he's one of the two players traded for Youk. The utility man is getting acclimated to his new Sox team.
3yAfter the departure of Kevin Youkilis, the pressure now falls on the 23-year-old third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
3yMarlon Byrd, who helped fill the void when Red Sox outfielders were dropping like flies and has since been released, has tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.