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Righty Ben Taylor makes Red Sox Opening Day roster

Righty Ben Taylor makes Red Sox Opening Day roster

The Red Sox have informed Ben Taylor he has made the team, a baseball source told on Friday.

The Red Sox announced that all the other non-roster invitee pitchers in spring training, righties Austin Maddox, Chandler Shepherd and Jamie Callahan, had been reassigned to minor league camp. That left Taylor, and he's not being carried along just for one final exhibition game agianst the Orioles on Saturday.

Taylor, 24, was a seventh-round pick in 2015. Converted to the bullpen during his pro career, his velocity reaches the mid-90s. His best secondary pitch is a slider, followed by his changeup.

"Arm strength and aggressiveness," one scout who saw Taylor this spring said. "Some life at times up in the zone — it plays better than expected up there — but can be flat. Slurvy breaking ball. Inconistent changeup."

Taylor's stay with the Red Sox may well be short. Drew Pomeranz's trip to the disabled list to start the season gives the Sox room for an extra arm, but they'll need a starter come April 9.

The Red Sox on Friday also got outfielder Bryce Brentz through waivers. He was out of options.

The Sox exhibition game Friday afternoon against the Nats at Nationals Park in Washington was canceled because of poor weather. The teams are scheduled to play their exhibition finale Saturday at 2:05 p.m. at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. 

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.