UPDATES & NEWS
Mannny Machado went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored against the Rays on Saturday.
While Machado still waits for a judgment on his hearing last Wednesday, he continues to stay hot at the plate, hitting safely in six of his last seven games and batting .346 (9-for-26) with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored over that span.He'll continue to play with his appeal pending, but keep an eye out for a decision as he'll likely be serving some sort of suspension soon. We just don;t know how many games yet.ANALYST: Howard Bender
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