UPDATES & NEWS
Cole Hamels tossed eight scoreless in the no-decision on Wednesday against the Padres holding them to five hits with one walk and 11 punch outs.
Anyone who has followed my work over at least the last year and some change knows I caught a bunch of flack for ranking Hamels outside my top 15 going into last season. That said, I know how important it is to remain open minded, and in the case of Hamels he has earned my renewed confidence having pitched back-to-back shutouts and has allowed just one run while striking out 26 over his last three starts (22.2 IP) and has allowed just four home runs over his 10 starts this year. If by the off chance you can trade MIchael Wacha for Hamels I would jump at that opportunity. Another plus with Hamels is that he will get an extended period of rest before his next start a week from Friday on the road against the Cardinals.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Daniel Nava is planning to only hit from the left side during this spring.
Not that cutting back on the switch-hitting is going to affect his standing with the team at all. The problem is that Nava is seen as nothing more than a fourth outfielder type guy an the Red Sox are just too stacked right now for him to warrant much consideration. His best bet is to land with a different team and try from there. The Red Sox depth chart is going to be extremely difficult even for him to climb. Analysis: Howard Bender
Joe Kelly will pitch the Grapefruit League opener Thursday.
Kelly is currently penciled in as the Red Sox' No. 4 starter and will continue to throw with that game plan in place. He threw 96.1 innings between his time with the Cardinals and the Sox and while his command could have been a little stronger, he maintained passable ratios and a strong groundball rate. He's a tough one to trust but could be an interesting waiver option in deep mixed leagues. Analysis: Howard Bender