Jason Collette looks at pitchers who are adding new pitches to their arsenals this year and what difference, if any, it might make. Will Justin Verlander turn things around wtih a new cutter or two-seamer this year?
Kelly is adding a four-seam fastball to his repertoire, WEEI.com reports. "That's what I was working on [Saturday]. It was coming out good," Kelly explained. "I never threw it. This is the first time trying it. I thought I would give it a try. It's harder. It gets on hitters quick."
Mujica entered training camp 15 pounds lighter, something that has quickened his arm speed, according to manager John Farrell, the Boston Herald reports. "Whether or not [the increased arm speed] translates to velocity, we'll see," said Farrell.
Castillo and Mookie Betts are competing for the starting center field job, the Boston Herald reports. "They're going to get equal playing time," manager John Farrell said Sunday about the spring training opportunities. "But I think it's important they both get the combination of the guys on the flank because of communication, the responsibilities for balls in the gap, fly ball communication and those priorities."
Betts and Rusney Castillo will get equal opportunities in center field during spring training, the Boston Herald reports. "I think it's important they both get the combination of the guys on the flank because of communication, the responsibilities for balls in the gap, fly ball communication and those priorities," said manager John Farrell.
Green scored 14 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 44 minutes in Sunday night's comeback win over the Celtics. In his past four games, Green is averaging 15 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.8 blocks.
Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones indicated on Saturday that Murray would be allowed to test free agency, the Dallas Morning News reports. "There is an expectation that he will get back to us before he signs with another club," Jones said. "There’s a hope that he would. But that would be unfair to him and for other clubs to say he’s going to bring something back. We hope we get to visit with him. We’ll see what happens."
Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones confirmed Saturday that the team has informed Bryant's agent that it will use the franchise tag on the receiver prior to Monday's deadline, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.