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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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Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Steven Wright's Red Sox career came to an end on Friday, and it'll be a while before the knuckleballer makes his return to the mound.

Shortly after being released by Boston, Wright revealed to WEEI's Rob Bradford he will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow.

"I'm fully committed to rehab and making a comeback," Wright told Bradford. "I feel better than I have ever and want to get back to a position I haven't been in since 2016, which is healthy. My sole focus is to get healthy and stay focused."

Wright made only six appearances for the Red Sox in 2019 as he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in January and served an 80-game suspension. The 35-year-old also served a 15-game suspension in 2018 for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

Wright posted a 24-16 record with a 3.86 ERA in 81 total appearances during his tenure in Boston.

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Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Fifteen years ago, the Boston Red Sox pulled off the impossible vs. the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series.

David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez took a trip down memory lane to relive the unforgettable moments in a nostalgia-filled video for FOX Sports. The two legends relive everything from A-Rod slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove to Curt Schilling's bloody sock.

A-Rod shared the video and wrote about his painful memories from the series on Twitter. Watch and read below:

Credit to Rodriguez for being a good sport (imagine reading that sentence 15 years ago?...)

The Yankees could find themselves ousted from another ALCS on Friday night when they take on the Astros in a do-or-die Game 5. They would have to win three straight games, including two on the road, to advance to the World Series.

The last team to do that? You guessed it. The '04 Red Sox.

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