Battle for final roster spot continues for Red Sox


Battle for final roster spot continues for Red Sox

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Three Red Sox role players are vying for the final roster spot on the 25-man roster, and Saturday, Bobby Valentine did everything he could to see each of the players at as many positions as possible.

Pedro Ciriaco moved from short to second to third, back to short, back to second, back to third and, finally, back to short again.

Nate Spears began the game at second, went to third, moved to short, back to second, back to third, at short once more and finished at first base.

Outfielder Jason Repko, meanwhile, got four at-bats while playing center field for most of the game.

"Actually, Jerry (Royster, third base coach) did the whole thing,'' said Valentine of the near-constant shifting. "We wanted to make it seem like they were going in for defense at a different position -- all that simulated stuff.

"They moved around nicely. Nate played good defense, Ciriaco, too, at some different places.''

The Sox may wait another day or more before making the final decision on the 25-man roster.

"Ben (Cherington's) going to get reports and ask around,'' said Valentine. "Ultimately, the roster will be collaborative. But it's Ben's decision. It's a good one his first spring, a tough one. It's not made for him -- or us, for that

Ciriaco was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a sacrifice. Spears was 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI while Repko was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Ciriaco is hitting an even .400 for the spring while Spears is at .295 with Repko at .262.

Valentine said the Red Sox will bring all three -- plus most of the players who got into Saturday's game -- to Washington for Tuesday's exhibition game with the Nationals.

The Sox must submit their 25-man Opening Day roster by 5 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday.

Report: Jones may still go after Goodell

Report: Jones may still go after Goodell

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has backed down from his threat to sue the NFL over commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension, is adamant about his fellow owners discussing it at a Dec. 13 meeting, according to Pro Football Talk.

Here's more from Charean Williams of's Pro Football Talk.


Injury won't stop Brady in the kitchen on Thanksgiving


Injury won't stop Brady in the kitchen on Thanksgiving

Tom Brady was back at practice Thanksgiving morning despite an Achilles' injury that kept him out of Wednesday session.

TB12 was also playing hurt in the kitchen later Thursday as he posted a photo of him preparing Thanksgiving biscuits for his holiday feast.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I wanted to say how much I love and appreciate you all for the support you have given me....

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Brady's wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, also took to social media to post photos of the biscuit master and family jumping for joy to celebrate Turkey Day. Tom's rocking the Uggs of course, but watch that sore Achilles'!