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Red Sox lose pitching coach Carl Willis to Indians


Red Sox lose pitching coach Carl Willis to Indians

Carl Willis, the Red Sox' pitching coach from 2015 to 2017, is heading back to one of his old stomping grounds . . . 

After the dismissal of John Farrell as manager, all Red Sox coaches were told they were free to pursue other opportunities. Ex-Red Sox manager Terry Francona is, of course, the Indians' manager now, and it's possible John Farrell -- his pitching coach in Boston from 2007-10 -- recommended Willis.

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.