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Tanguay: Left field's the true disaster area for Red Sox


Tanguay: Left field's the true disaster area for Red Sox

There has been a ton of talk about the Red Sox' third-base controversy. To me, there should be no controversy. Panda should start and Travis Shaw should be used as a role player, which is what he is.

The real issue is left field. It's a disaster!

Rusney Castillo, being paid $72 million, isn't good enough to play the position the Sox have been holding for him. So Brock Holt and Chris Young will deal with the Monster while a monster of a bust either sits in the dugout or gets his swings at Pawtucket.

This sets the Sox back big time. With Holt and Young playing left field, they're out of their very important utility roles. Holt, as we know, can play a number of positions and Young is the perfect fourth outfielder.

Financially, the Red Sox -- as we know -- can afford to take the hit. They print money in the Fenway basement and can write off whatever mistakes they make. But they need a solution for this mistake. Using Holt and Young isn't an efficient solution. They need a true, full-time left fielder . . . and they don’t have one.

That's the real controversy with the Sox. Or maybe we should say tragedy.

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.