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Farrell: Ramirez 'doing one heck of a job'

Farrell: Ramirez 'doing one heck of a job'

BOSTON -- All the controversy surrounding Pablo Sandoval has taken the focus off Hanley Ramirez, which means some may not have noticed he's gone from making Manny Ramirez look like a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder to being a more-than-competent defensive first baseman.

“We have a player, I think, completely different than a year ago,” manager John Farrell said about Ramirez.

When spring training rolled around, it wasn’t clear that Ramirez would take to his new position -- especially since he didn’t have a first baseman’s mitt. However, he's taken to the position well, with his big stretch on Saturday’s eighth-inning double play serving as evidence.

“He playing it, I think, with ease,” Farrell said. “He’s put in a lot of work to get familiar with the different position and the footwork around the bag. He’s engaged; he’s having fun playing the game. I think being back in the infield has big a big boost to that.”

Ramirez has also been more aggressive on the base paths, stretching singles into doubles and logging a stolen base in his second game of the year, something that took 14 games last year.

Farrell took note of Ramirez reaching on the dropped third strike in Thursday night’s win, which gave Travis Shaw a chance to drive in Ramirez and David Ortiz.

“He’s hustling,” Farrell said. “What he’s been doing on the base paths has been impressive.”

His power hasn’t been the same as it was through the first 10 games of 2015, hitting three less home runs and posting a .463 slugging percentage to 2015’s 512. However, he’s hit two more doubles than this point last year (he had zero at this point in 2015) and has a .293/.318/.463 line versus .233/.306/512.

So the Red Sox may have lost the power-hungry Hanley, but the bumbling left fielder went with it. Instead they seem to have a player similar to what they expected when he first signed.

“He’s doing one heck of a job,” Farrell said.

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.