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John Farrell interviews for Nationals manager job


John Farrell interviews for Nationals manager job

John Farrell is a man in demand in the weeks after his firing as Red Sox manager.

The Washington Nationals interviewed Farrell on Friday for their managerial opening, according to Ken Rosenthal of just days after Farrell interviewed for the Philadelphia Phillies' vacancy. 

Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez is the front-runner for the Nats job. 

Washington fired Dusty Baker after a 97-win season and Division Series loss to the Cubs. Baker, like Farrell, led his team to back-to-back division titles and first-round playoff exits before he was let go. 

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.