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Report: Without a team, ex-Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel may sit out season

Report: Without a team, ex-Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel may sit out season

While not drawing as much attention as the free agent sagas of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, the fate of closer Craig Kimbrel has been one of baseball's most curious off-season storylines.

In the past week, Red Sox ownership has dubbed a Kimbrel return "extremely unlikely" but another report speculated that Machado's signing with the Padres could lead the closer back to Boston. Now, former Reds and Nationals GM Jim Bowden, an analyst for The Athletic and Sirius XM radio, reports that Kimbrel may sit out the season:

Kimbrel's agent told The Athletic and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that the report is "utterly false."

Kimbrel, 31, had 42 saves for the Red Sox last season and is 14th on the all-time saves list with 333. He was reported to be initially seeking a six-year, $100 million deal this offseason, but like Machado and Harper, found few takers.

The Red Sox made a $17 million qualifying offer to him in order to guarantee draft-pick compensation. As spring training games begin, the man with 155 saves in his past three seasons in Boston remains without a team.

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Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman says Red Sox rookie Michael Chavis had words for him during Tuesday's game

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Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman says Red Sox rookie Michael Chavis had words for him during Tuesday's game

Tensions nearly boiled over during Tuesday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchup.

Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, a notoriously animated presence on the mound, quick-pitched Red Sox rookie Michael Chavis in the fourth inning and induced a ground ball, but Chavis reached on an error.

The inning would end with Stroman covering first on a play before switching his attention to the Red Sox dugout, where Chris Sale was yelling in his direction. After the game, Stroman said Chavis had some words for him too.

Things didn't escalate after the heated exchange, but there's still time for some fireworks. The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play again Wednesday night and the finale of the four-game set will place Thursday.

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Highlights of the Red Sox' 10-3 loss to the Blue Jays

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Highlights of the Red Sox' 10-3 loss to the Blue Jays

FINAL SCORE: Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 3

IN BRIEF: Rowdy Tellez hit two homers off Eduardo Rodriguez and drove in five as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox in Toronto 10-3 for only their fourth victory in the past 18 games against Boston at Rogers Center. BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 25-23

HIGHLIGHTS:

4th inning:
Guerrero Jr. singles to right, Tellez homers to right on a 0-0 pitch from Rodriguez (2-0, TOR).

Grichuk homers to left on a 1-0 pitch from Rodriguez (1-0, TOR).

5th inning:
Guerrero Jr. singles to left, Smoak walks, Tellez homers to right on a 2-2 pitch from Rodriguez (6-0, TOR).

6th inning:
Moreland homers to left on a 1-1 pitch from Stroman (6-1, TOR).

Thornburg replaces Rodriguez on the mound. Jansen singles to center, scoring Galvis. (7-1, TOR)

Drury singles to left, scoring McKinney (8-1, TOR). 

7th inning:
Grichuk hits an infield single, Galvis singles to left, Drury doubles to center, scoring Grichuk and Galvis (10-1, TOR).

8th inning:
Devers homers to right on 0-0 pitch from Biagini. (10-2, TOR).

Bradley Jr. homers to left on 1-0 pitch from Gaviiglio (10-3, TOR). 

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