David Price leads a formidable Rays pitching staff (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Our position by position ranking of the AL East is coming to a close and this installment focuses on the pitching staffs of the AL East. As the old adage goes, pitching wins championships, so which AL East team has the edge?

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A week has passed since the Boston Globe printed a scathing expose on famed former Red Sox second baseman and NESN color commentator Jerry Remy’s son, Jared Remy. Jared Remy is awaiting trial for the murder of his girlfriend and mother of one of his two children, Jen Martel. Again for the second time in as many months, Red Sox fans questioned whether Jerry Remy should continue broadcasting for NESN during the 2014 season.

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Ranking the AL East: DH/Bench

March 30, 2014 at 9:38am in Boston, Opinion, Red Sox
Ortiz helps the Red Sox lead the rankings for DH and bench (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The season is just a day away and there are a few rankings left to discuss. After covering outfielders, this post focuses on the DHs and benches on all the teams in the AL East. While it may seem strange to put the DH and bench together, there are few teams outside of the Red Sox that employ a full-time DH and rather cycle many players through. As a result, pairing the DH and bench is the best way to encapsulate the strengths and weaknesses of each team. So without further ado, here are the rankings:

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Only 2 out of 44 ESPN experts predicted the Boston Red Sox would hoist the World Series trophy again in 2014. (Photo courtesy of ESPN/Getty Images)

The 2014 MLB season is set to begin in earnest on Sunday night with its stateside Opening Day. However, that is just the preview of a full Monday slate that includes five nationally televised season openers on ESPN.

Accordingly, ESPN has published its experts’ predictions for the upcoming MLB season in preparation for what should be a national holiday (if Ozzie Smith and Budweiser say it, it must be true). Among the individual awards, Xander Bogaerts (41 votes) edged out Masahiro Tanaka (37) and Jose Abreu (28) in the voting to predict the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Red Sox as a team received only two votes among 44 experts to defend their 2013 World Series title. Does that seem right to you?

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Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will have an MRI on his hamstring to determine whether he'll need his helmet to start the season or not. (Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe)

Don’t unpack in Pawtucket quite yet, Jackie Bradley Jr. You may be on your way back to Boston before you know it.

On Saturday, in the final game of spring training for the Boston Red Sox, right fielder Shane Victorino tweaked his hamstring rounding first base against the Minnesota Twins. The likely #2 hitter for the Red Sox will receive an MRI in Boston before Opening Day in Baltimore.

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Farrell Tabs Lester for Opening Day

March 28, 2014 at 10:45am in Boston, Red Sox, Rumors
Lester tabbed as Opening Day Starter (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

In what should be a shock to no one, Joh Farrell has announced that Jon Lester will be starting Opening Day for the Red Sox. This start will mark the fourth time Lester has started on on Opening Day making him the first left hander in Red Sox history to do so (passing the likes of some guy called Babe Ruth). It has long been known that Lester would get the nod, so Farrell’s announcement is merely a formality.

Lester had a strong performance in 2013 going 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA over 33 starts. He was even more impressive over his dominant postseason run where he have up only six runs in 34 2/3 innings. Due to this, along with his solid track record, Lester was an obvious choice for Opening Day. Continue reading Farrell Tabs Lester for Opening Day »

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Sizemore looks poised to grab the Red Sox center field job

When Spring Training began Jackie Bradley Jr. was all but handed the starting center field job. Though he had struggled during his brief stint in the Majors in 2013, the front office had confidence that Bradley would be an asset to the major league club. Despite Bradley Jr. being seen as the frontrunner, the Red Sox brought Grady Sizemore in on an incentive-laden contract. The hope was that he could be close to the player he was from 2005-08 when he routinely hit 20 home runs and stole 20 bases a year. There was no telling whether Sizemore, who has not played in a Major League game since 2011, could become even a shadow of his former self and for a while it seemed to be nothing more than a hopeful comeback attempt. Fast forward one month and things have changed.

Sizemore has passed every physical test that the Red Sox have thrown at him while continuing to show he can be an impactful player on the field. This spring he has hit .333/.381/.462 with one home run and two doubles. Though the power has yet to come back fully, it is important remember that Sizemore has not played in over two years so there is still a considerable adjustment period to be made, the power will come in time. More importantly, Sizemore has not looked hindered on either the field or the base paths, showing that he feels comfortable with where his health is at. Continue reading Red Sox Pick Sizemore for CF »

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