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Cover boys: Sox outfielders front one of SI's baseball issues


Cover boys: Sox outfielders front one of SI's baseball issues

The young Red Sox outfield made one of three Sports Illustrated covers for its baseball preview issue.

Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. are left to right on one cover, with a headline that says the trio makes sure “No One Has More Fun Than The Red Sox.”

(Note that Benintendi doesn’t adore the spotlight yet, but he’s adapting.)


The two other SI covers also feature young stars, but alone: Kris Bryant of the Cubs on one, Mike Trout of the Angels on another. The theme across the issues is a new era in baseball, marked by young talent and the Cubs’ championship.

SI teases a prediction of the Dodgers over the Indians in this year’s upcoming World Series, so it’s not all rosy for the Sox. (Granted, SI predicted back in 2015 that the Astros would be 2017 World Series champions, so who knows what to believe.)

Tom Verducci of SI recently wrote a feature on the Red Sox’ spring training culture.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.