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 . . .
3yBobby Valentine has had enough of umpires botching balls and strikes. If they can't do it, he says, then bring in something else that can.
3yDaniel Bard won't start Monday night for the PawSox as originally expected. Instead, he'll pitch one inning out of the pen.
3yThe Cuban defector was signed to a nine-year, 30 million contract by ex-Red Sox GM Theo Epstein for the Cubs.
3yLeft-handed reliever Rich Hill is diagnosed with an injury unrelated to his Tommy John surgery.
3yOutfielder Cody Ross will begin a rehab assignment sooner than expected, joining Pawtucket this weekend; right-hander Aaron Cook will pitch Wednesday in Class A.
3yHe's the highlight of any meeting with the Marlins. He's Hanley Ramirez.
3yThe Miami Marlins sent a pointed tweet towards the city of Boston.