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Mar 8, 2016 8:12 PM

Red Sox Spring Training in full swing a month before 2016's Opening Day


BOSTON- Red Sox spring training is in full swing with opening day less than a month away.

There are new faces in the clubhouse and the newest face in the broadcast booth is Tim Neverett. The Nashua native was named Red Sox Radio's play-by-play broadcaster.

He gave his insight into Fort Myers starting with the ace, David Price, a 7-year $217 million player.

"He can live up to the billing and he should live up to the billing; then you're looking at 32-33 starts, 200-plus innings. This is a guy who's been a workhorse and is a great front of the rotation starter," Neverett said.

With a player like Price, Neverett says that eases the pressure for others in the rotation like Clay Buccholz, but another key add was reliever Craig Kimbrel who has the most major league saves since 2011.

"It's hugely important," said Neverett. "I think many fans may not understand the value of Craig Kimbrel. I've seen him pitch since he came up in the National League with the [San Diego] Padres. If you haven't seen him, he stands kind of funny on the mound but he gets the job done."

The health of Eduardo Rodruigez has been a concern after he tweaked his knee 10 days ago...and he's yet to get on the mound since.

Another Red Sox addition of note is Carson Smith who was picked up in the Wade Miley trade with the Seattle Mariners during the off season.

"I think he's given up only six home runs total as a professional in both majors and minors. He doesn't give up home runs; he's got a funny arm slot from the right side which is tough on right-handed hitters. He's tough on lefties too because of the release point."

As a whole, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he likes the "evenness" of the group and another endorsement from Carl Yastrezmski.

"I had a chance to talk to a Hall of Famer the other day who's hanging around the Red Sox camp. He told me he really liked the mix and the last time he said he liked the mix was 2013 when they won the World Series," Neverett said

The Red Sox will play over half of their first month of the season against AL east opponents. Neverett said that shouldn't be overwhelming as the team will see each of them to get a taste in the pre-seaon. Not common in baseball but a perk for everyone in the division.


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