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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Bryant transfer Nisre Zouzoua has heard from NC State, Illinois, Missouri, Arizona State, Maryland, Boston College, source told ESPN.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

John Farrell called Drew Pomeranz's outing "a big step in the right direction." Expects to get him 2 more spring outings. Then could start the first Sunday of the regular season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts doesn't conceal his preferred batting-order spot -- "I like 2 ... 2 or 3" -- but knows he likely will hit lower for Red Sox, who want a left-handed hitter in the 2-hole between Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts. (On Thursday, Bogaerts batted sixth.) "It is what it is," he said. "As long as I'm in the lineup, I guess."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

More Drew Pomeranz, on why this was a big start: "Even though I've been throwing, today felt like my first real outing, just because I was finally able to get in that position (to execute pitches."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

After 2 rocky innings (3 runs, 5 hits), Drew Pomeranz said "something clicked" in the 3rd. His 2 hitless IP after that were "such a huge relief," he said. Still thinks he can be ready to start season

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Thornburg's race against the calendar continues. After the Red Sox setup man's minor-league inning today (he felt fine), he's due to pitch Monday, then every other day next week, which would give him two more outings before camp breaks and another Friday vs. Nats.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

John Farrell hoped to get 60-65 pitches from Drew Pomeranz. Wound up with 49 (4 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 3 K). Farrell said barring "setbacks" Pomeranz "should be (ready) on time."

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

A look at Red Sox setup man Tyler Thornburg, making his first appearance in three weeks in a minor-league game in Fort Myers. Thornburg has been slowed by soreness while he adapts to Red Sox's shoulder strengthening program. He tossed a scoreless inning against Twins' A-ball hitters.

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The NHL timeline for McAvoy, Keller

When will Charlie McAvoy and Clayton Keller make their NHL debuts? Who should win the Hart Trophy this season? We answer those questions and more.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Red Sox catching alumni group is in session! Jarrod Saltalacchia & Jason Varitek compare notes in Dunedin

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BBTN: Which MLB stories will play out as advertised?

A classic story of the introduction of Rangers manager Jeff Banister and pitching coach Doug Brocail follows Buster Olney's conversation with Karl Ravech and Justin Havens about which MLB stories will play out as advertised and more. Plus, Richard Griffin with some "Inside Heat" on the Blue Jays.

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Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

This could be very interesting for UMass and Pat Kelsey. Read this statement from AD Ryan Bamford: "The Memorandum of Understanding has a buy-out clause. It doesn't speak to specific jobs. It just speaks to his responsibility to buy the contract out once he has executed that agreement. For the first two years of the execution, it is $1 million. We have to work through that piece."