BOSTON -- Dave Dombrowski removed a lot of the drama from the Red Sox offseason by starting his Tuesday press conference with the news that John Farrell will return as manager.
"He has the respect of the clubhouse," said Dombrowski, shutting down anti-Farrell sentiments flowing through portions of the fan base and media. "We played well."
Dombrowski also said Farrell's entire staff -- Torey Lovullo (bench), Carl Willis (pitching), Chili Davis (hitting), Ruben Amaro Jr. (first base), Brian Butterfield (third base), Brian Bannister (assistant pitching) and Victor Rodriguez (assistant hitting) -- "will be invited back" as well, though he said Lovullo is free to pursue other managerial opportunities.
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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.