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Nathan Eovaldi 'a little surprised' Astros didn't show much interest in free agency

Nathan Eovaldi 'a little surprised' Astros didn't show much interest in free agency

Nathan Eovaldi etched his name in Red Sox lore in October with his legendary performance in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series, and despite testing the MLB free agent waters, the veteran right-hander returned to Boston on a four-year contract worth $68 million.

Several teams had interest in Eovaldi during free agency, but one club in particular did not show much interest, and it surprised the 29-year-old veteran.

"Houston is home for me," Eovaldi told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. "I would have had more talks with the Astros but they just didn’t want any part of it so they were out of the question."

Eovaldi later added: "I was a little surprised it didn’t go any further (with the Astros). Really there were no talks. I was a little surprised by that. But I understand it’s a business and there are no hard feelings or anything like that. I’m happy with the deal I got."

The Astros certainly could use Eovaldi, and maybe they regret not pursuing him with a little more effort.

Astros starter Dallas Keuchel remains a free agent, leaving a hole in the team's rotation. Two other starters from Houston's 2018 rotation also won't factor into the 2019 squad -- Charlie Morton signed with the Tampa Bay Rays in free agency and Lance McCullers Jr. will miss the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. 

Eovaldi made his spring training debut Wednesday and pitched three innings, giving up one earned run, one hit and one walk with one strikeout. His velocity also impressed.

The Astros' loss should be the Red Sox's gain, and given Eovadi's valuable versatility as a starter and bullpen arm, he could be among Boston's most important players this season.

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Red Sox' Mookie Betts shares his NCAA Tournament bracket

Red Sox' Mookie Betts shares his NCAA Tournament bracket

There doesn't seem to be much Mookie Betts can't do.

Whether it's hitting, fielding, or even professional bowling, the Red Sox right fielder appears to succeed at everything he does. But putting together an NCAA Tournament bracket that doesn't get busted is a whole different kind of challenge for the 2018 AL MVP.

Betts shared his bracket for this year's tournament on Monday. Take a look below:

It should come as a surprise to no one that Duke vs. Tennessee is Betts' championship matchup. No. 1 seed Duke is an obvious favorite thanks to Zion Williamson, and the Tennessee native had to pick his Volunteers to make a deep run.

Where Betts' bracket gets a little bit crazy is picking No. 10 seeds Florida and Minnesota to make it to the Elite 8. But hey, anything can happen in March Madness.

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Highlights from Red Sox 4-1 Spring Training loss to the Twins

Highlights from Red Sox 4-1 Spring Training loss to the Twins

FINAL SCORE: Twins 4, Red Sox 1

IN BRIEF: In a game that featured the likely opening day lineup for the defending World Series champs, the Red Sox struggled to put hits together in a 4-1 loss to the Twins in Spring Training. 

HIGHLIGHTS:

1st inning

J.D. Martinez RBI single (1-0 BOS)

Eddie Rosario blasts two-run homer (2-1 MIN)

5th inning

Jorge Polanco RBI single (3-1 MIN)

Nelson Cruz RBI double (4-1 MIN)

 UP NEXT:

vs Blue Jays, Tuesday, 1:05 p.m., NESN

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