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Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi doesn't miss a beat in spring debut

Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi doesn't miss a beat in spring debut

Nathan Eovaldi made his spring debut on Wednesday and picked up right where he left off last October.

The Red Sox right-hander tossed three innings against the Twins, allowing one hit (a solo home run), walking one, and striking out another. But what made his outing particularly impressive was his velocity.

Eovaldi's first pitch of the game was clocked at 94 mph. It appeared as though he was easing into things since the 29-year-old is known to reach back and throw around 100 mph with relative ease. Then, the next pitch to Minnesota's leadoff hitter Marwin Gonzalez went for 99 mph.

Yep, he's still got it.

Following his first spring start of the new year, Eovaldi seemed satisfied with his results.

“I felt really good out there,’’ Eovaldi said. “I threw a lot of first-pitch strikes. I wanted to work on my splitter and my curveball today and I was able to do that. I’m just trying to work on consistency, work on my mechanics out there, and repeat good pitches.

‘’I went back down to the bullpen after I came out and threw 15 more pitches down there. My arm feels good, my body feels good. I’m just training to repeat those mechanics as much as I can in a game.’’

The Red Sox re-signing Eovaldi to a four-year, $67.5 million contract during the offseason was a clear vote of confidence in his ability to carry his postseason success over into the 2019 campaign. If he can live up to anywhere near those expectations, his presence in the rotation alongside Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez will be ominous for opposing hitters.

"I feel like we can be great,” Eovaldi said. “Being with the guys again and being able to go out there and compete with everybody, I feel like it’s just getting ready for the start of the season.”

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Christian Vazquez claims the Red Sox are 'back' after sweep of Orioles

Christian Vazquez claims the Red Sox are 'back' after sweep of Orioles

After losing five of six to the Rays and Rangers, two teams the Red Sox will continue to compete with in the American League playoff race, it was gut-check time for the defending World Series champs. 

They were 35-34 and at risk of falling too far behind in the AL Wild Card standings, but the Red Sox were able to save a split against Texas by winning the last two games of that series, and then followed it up with a sweep of the lowly Orioles. 

After their 8-6 victory in the final game at Camden Yards, Christian Vazquez said, "We're back." 

It's hard to tell if he's right after three games they should have won, but the Sox have shown signs of life during their five-game winning streak. They've averaged 7.8 runs and 12.2 hits over the last five games and have belted 14 home runs over that span. 

The Red Sox now sit 5.5 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees and are tied with the Rangers for the second Wild Card spot, holding a half-a-game lead over Cleveland. 

Last season, everything went right for this team, and this year they've had to fight through major adversity to stay alive in the playoff hunt. Perhaps this is the time we can look back on as the turning point for another deep run in October or just another example of what could have been. 

Either way, we'll probably get a better idea of where the Red Sox stand when they travel to Minnesota on Monday for a three-game set against one of the best teams in the American League. 

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Rob Manfred hoping for an opportunity to bring All-Star Game to Boston

Rob Manfred hoping for an opportunity to bring All-Star Game to Boston

The city of Boston hasn't hosted an All-Star Game since 1999. But, it looks like MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants to change that in the near future.

In a recent interview with Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, Manfred was asked about bringing the game to Fenway Park again in the near future. And his response will give hope to a lot of Boston fans.

I’ll tell you two things: We have a lot of demand for All-Star Games, but we haven’t been in Boston since 1999 and my recollection is that ’99 was a hell of an event. I hope that we do have an opportunity to be in Boston before too many years go by.

Having an All-Star Game in Boston would surely excite fans, and as Manfred mentioned, the last one was a great showcase. In that contest, Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams was famously honored by the crowd and the all-century team members in attendance. That led to an incredible atmosphere at the event that only got better when the-Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez struck out five of the six batters he faced.

The Red Sox are reportedly interested in hosting the event in 2029, marking the 30th anniversary of the last contest.

Manfred also commented on the decision to have the Red Sox and Yankees play the MLB's first regular season games in London, and said that it was important to have the two prestigious teams face off.

If you’re going to get people excited about the game, particularly in a city like London, bringing two great rivals is about the best plan you can come up with.

This certainly makes sense, as Red Sox vs. Yankees is still one of the best rivalries in the sport. And given that the two squads are fighting hard in a three-team race in one of the league's best divisions, it should make for some exciting and important baseball overseas.

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