February 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM
- Baseball is officially back. Including their game against Northeastern, the Red Sox have played four games so far, with minor leaguers getting plenty of action. Right-hander Ben Taylor has stood out so far, tossing 2 1/3 innings without allowing a run, a hit, or a walk to go along with five strikeouts. Jamie Callahan, Luis Ysla, and Ty Buttrey also saw action on the mound Sunday against Tampa Bay. Rafael Devers, Marco Hernandez, Jordan Procyshen, Cole Sturgeon, Nick Longhi, Heiker Meneses, and Kyri Washington also got in the game against the Rays, with Sturgeon poking a two-run single to left. Hernandez roped a triple off the right field fence against a left-hander on Sunday as well. He will be a very important depth piece for the Red Sox in 2017.
- Newly acquired right-handed pitcher Hector Velazquez got the start on Sunday, allowing one run in two innings while striking out four. Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com writes that six members of the Red Sox front office were there to watch Velazquez pitch. Velazquez is a candidate to help out the rotation in Pawtucket this year.