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Appear Even Stronger In 2017
by Ed Frank
It’s a far different outlook for the Boston Red Sox in 2017 than it
is for the Minnesota Twins, the team we reviewed in last week’s
column. In fact, the experts predict a second straight American
League Eastern Division Championship for Boston, while the
Twins, most likely, will repeat at the bottom of the AL Central.
To the surprise of many, the Red Sox catapulted from last in
the AL East in 2015 when they lost 78 games to first last season
with a 93-69 record.
And despite the retirement of future Hall of Famer David Ortiz,
the Red Sox in 2017, at least on paper, appear an even better
In fact, next to the heavily favored Chicago Cubs to repeat as World Series Champi-
ons, the Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals are listed second at
10-1 odds compared to the Cubs at 3-1 .
Here are some of the reasons why the Red Sox should be a solid, winning ball club in
the upcoming season:
The acquisition of All-Star pitcher Chris Sale, the Florida Gulf Coast University alum,
along with returning 2016 Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and former Cy Young
winner David Price provide the Red Sox with three of the best starters in baseball.
Porcello won 22 games last year, Price and Sale 17 each.
The Red Sox bullpen also has been strengthened with the offseason signing of relief
pitcher Tyler Thornburg.
The outfield of Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts and youngster Andrew Benintendi
has the power, productivity and athleticism that Red Sox old timers dream of when they
remember the likes of Jim Rice, Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans roaming the Fenway Park
outfield decades ago.
Betts, just 24 years old, finished second to Mike Trout in the American League MVP
voting in 2016 after a season in which he hit .318 with 31 homers and 113 RBIs along
with a Gold Glove Award.
All three were drafted by the Red Sox and developed in their Minor League system.
Then there is the infield of proven veterans Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Xander
Bogaerts and newly acquired first baseman Mitch Moreland.
There also is questionable third baseman Pablo Sandoval, whom the Red Sox acquired
two years ago in a six-year, $95 million contract, but who hit only .245 in his first year
with the Red Sox and was out nearly all of 2016 with a shoulder injury.
It was a year of resurgence for Boston in 2016 under their new president of baseball
operations Dave Dombrowski, but one of postseason disappointment when swept by
Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs three games to none.
In less than a month, the team will report here at JetBlue Park for the start of Spring
Training. Tickets already are on sale at the box office.
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5K Run Supports
Kids And Grades
The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor
Kiwanis will hold the 9th annual
Calusa Bug Chase 5K run and BUG
Crawl at the Calusa Nature Center, 3450
Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers, on Saturday,
January 28. The race will benefit the
Fort Myers-Metro Kiwanis Club’s BUG
(Bring Up Grades) Program and other club
sponsored community service projects.
Participants can register online at www.
The Big Bug co-title sponsors for
the race are Pool Pros, Inc. and Larue
Pest Management, Inc. Other sponsors
committed to in-kind sponsorships include
Nova Southeastern University, Leslea Ellis,
LLC, United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades,
and Okeechobee, Pampered-Pooch Dog
Boarding and Daycare, Island Aire of
Southwest Florida, Inc., Paychex, Ludden
Insurance, Great Clips-Cape Coral and
MLS Title, LLC. The Bagel Factory of Fort
Myers, iberiabank, Fit Nation and Calusa
The course, supervised by the Fort
Myers Track Club, travels the trails at the
nature center and a portion of the asphalt
bike path on Ortiz Avenue. Runners will be
timed with Chrono Track Bib Tag Technol-
ogy. Packets can be picked up the day of
race from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m . Race day
registration begins at 6:30 a.m . and race
time is 7:30 a.m . Adult pre-registration
up to January 18 is $20, January 19
to 25 registration is $25 and race day
registration is $35. Youth (age 17 and
under) discounted pre-registration is $10,
January 19 to 25 registration is $15 and
race day registration is $25. There will also
be a no-charge BUG Crawl, a short run/
walk guided by race volunteers, for children
age 5 and younger. Registration includes
a long-sleeve commemorative T-shirt,
complimentary race day admission to the
Calusa Nature Center and refreshments.
Overall and age group awards for the 5K
run will be presented.
All proceeds benefit the Fort Myers
Metro-McGregor Kiwanis BUG (Bring Up
Grades) program, designed to recognize
local elementary students who raise
their grades to an acceptable range and
maintain or continue to raise them from
one grading period to the next, and other
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Spring Training Home Schedules
Minnesota Twins - CenturyLink Sports Complex
February 24 – Tampa Bay; 1:05 p.m .
February 26 – Washington; 1:05 p.m .
February 27 – Miami; 1:05 p.m .
March 1 – Pittsburgh; 1:05 p.m .
March 4 – Toronto; 1:05 p.m .
March 6 – St. Louis; 1:05 p.m .
March 8 – Team USA; World Baseball Classic; 7:05 p.m .
March 9 – Columbia; World Baseball Classic; 1:05 p.m .
March 11 – Boston; 1:05 p.m .
March 12 – Baltimore (split squad); 1:05 p.m .
March 13 – Tampa Bay; 1:05 p.m .
March 15 – St. Louis; 1:05 p.m .
March 18 – Boston; 1:05 p.m .
March 24 – Baltimore; 1:05 p.m .
March 26 – Boston; 1:05 p.m .
March 28 – Tampa Bay; 1:05 p.m .
March 31 – Rochester (Twins Triple A Minor League team.); 1:05 p.m .
Tickets are available at the CenturyLink Sports Complex ticket office.
Boston Red Sox - JetBlue Park
February 23 – Annual double-header against
Boston College and Northeastern University; 1:05 p.m.
February 24 – New York Mets; 1:05 p.m.
February 25 – Minnesota Twins; 1:05 p.m.
February 27—St. Louis Cardinals; 1:05 p.m.
February 28 – New York Yankess; 1:05 p.m.
March 2 – Tampa Bay Rays; 1:05 p.m.
March 5 – Atlanta Braves; 1:05 p.m.
March 9 – Team USA, Baseball Classic; 1:05 p.m.
March 10 – Baltimore Orioles; 6:05 p.m .
March 11 – Tampa Bay Rays (split squad); 1:05 p.m .
March 14 – Toronto Blue Jays; 1:05 p.m.
March 16 – Pittsburgh Pirates; 6:05 p.m.
March 17 – Houston Astros; 1:05 p.m .
March 19 – Minnesota Twins; 1:05 p.m.
March 20 – Baltimore Orioles; 1:05 p.m.
March 23 – Pittsburgh Pirates; 1:05 p.m .
March 25 – Philadelphia Phillies (split squad); 1:05 p.m .
March 29 – Minnesota Twins; 1:05 p.m.
March 30 – Washington Nationals; 1:05 p.m.
1. In 2015, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tied a team record with a sixth consecutive
season of 200-plus strikeouts. Who else holds the mark?
2. Which of the following four left-handed pitchers appeared in the most major-league games: Tommy
John, Jim Kaat, Sparky Lyle or Tug McGraw?
3. Name the school that has been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press top-25 college football
preseason poll the most times.
4. When was the last time before the 2015 NBA playoffs that the Washington Wizards swept a series?
5. When was the last time before 2016 that the St. Louis Blues made the conference finals in the NHL
6. Who was the last rookie racer before Alexander Rossi in 2016 to win the Indianapolis 500?
7. Name the last Spanish female tennis player before Garbine Muguruza in 2016 to win the women’s
singles title at the French Open.
1. Sandy Koufax, 1961-66. 2. Lyle, 899 games; Kaat, 898; McGraw, 824; John, 760. 3. Oklahoma,
10 times. 4 . Washington swept the New Jersey Nets in 1982. 5. It was 2001. 6 . Helio Castroneves, in
2001. 7. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario won the French Open in 1998.
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