March 31, 2012; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox outfielder Jason Repko (16) hits a double in the sixth inning during their spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Red Sox Spring Training 2012: Play At The Plate Saves Sox Win In Final Spring Training Game

Jason Repko and Dan Butler twice played the heroes for Boston, combining to score the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth before gunning down the tying run at home plate for he last out of the game.

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Andrew Bailey Injury: Red Sox Closer Could Miss Opening Day Because Of Thumb Soreness

Early Sunday morning the Boston Red Sox and manager Bobby Valentine solidified their starting pitching rotation, however, it seems as if not every decision with the club's pitching staff is done. According to a major league source, closer Andrew Bailey is dealing with right thumb soreness that could put his Opening Day status in jeopardy.

The Red Sox are still gathering information on the injury as they determine how to proceed with the pitcher.

The report, which is from Boston's WEEI, also stats that a possible early-season disable list stint could be an option.

Because Bailey has not pitched in any Grapefruit League games since March 25, a season-opening stint on the 15-day disabled list could be backdated as far as March 26, with the possibility of activation from the DL as early as April 10.

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe is reporting that the thumb is some of the cause for Valentine's recent roster moves.

Manager Bobby Valentine said earlier today that an injury concern to a reliever factored into the decision to place Alfredo Aceves, formerly a starting candidate, into the bullpen. Aceves immediately becomes a strong candidate to be the club’s closer.

This injury would be Bailey's second setback of Spring Training, as earlier in camp he battled a strained lat sustained. Bailey hasn't thrown a pitch since March 26.

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Red Sox Roster 2012: Boston Pitching Rotation Set As Daniel Bard, Felix Doubront Named Starters

The Boston Red Sox and manager Bobby Valentine solidified the five-man pitching rotation Sunday, as they announced former set-up man Daniel Bard will be the team's fifth starter to begin the 2012 season with Felix Doubront being the fourth. Bard and Doubront will join Opening Day starter Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz.

"Daniel Bard came in and progressed exactly the way we hoped he would progress," Valentine told the media Sunday. Meanwhile, Doubront, who was the Red Sox most consistent starter in Spring Training, was very excited about the news.

"It was awesome and it was the best news from the manager to say I have the first game in Toronto," Doubront said. "For me, that's what I’ve been looking forward to all spring and even when I started my offseason. To hear that news, it's pretty amazing."

The Red Sox will begin their season on Thursday against the Detroit Tigers at 1:10 p.m.

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Red Sox Spring Training: Red Sox Handed First Loss, Fall 9-3 to Cardinals

If you are going to suffer your first loss in spring training, losing to the defending World Series Champions isn’t an awful way to do so.

The Boston Red Sox lost their first spring training game of the season Thursday afternoon, falling 9-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The game was not without its strong points for the Red Sox. Starter Josh Beckett held the Cardinals scoreless for the three innings he pitched. He only allowed two hits.

While Felix Doubront maintained Beckett’s steadiness coming in for relief, left hander Jesse Carlson was not as lucky. He allowed three runs in the sixth to give the Cardinals the 3-0 lead.

Jose Iglesias kept his powerful spring training performance going and got the Red Sox back in the game in the top of the eighth. The shortstop hit a three-run triple to even the game at 3-3.

The Cardinals quickly answered at the bottom of the eighth. Chris Carpenter, the former Chicago Cubs pitcher acquired by the Red Sox in the Theo Epstein compensation agreement, had a less than stellar debut inning. He gave up a bases loaded walk and a Shane Robinson three-run double to hand the Cardinals their first win of Spring Training.

The game saw a lot of position player substitutions after a rain delay halted the game in the third inning.

The Red Sox will send Clay Buchholtz to the mound at 7:05 p.m. Friday evening against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Final Score: Boston Earns 5-4 Victory

Behind a combined 6 1/3 scoreless inning from Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves and Clayton Mortensen, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4, in a Spring Training game. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-2 at the plate, while pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco drove-in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning for Boston, which earned its third straight victory.

Boston (3-0) jumped out to a 4-0 lead as it scored a run in the first inning and three in the third, but the Orioles rallied with two runs in each the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at 4.

Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson almost gave the whole game in the fifth inning, as he allowed all four Oriole runs in the fifth inning off the bats of Wilson Betemit and Scott Beerer. The game went to 4-4 after Wilson's disastrous outing.

With two outs in the bottom in the seventh, Ciriaco drove in third basemen Nate Spears, who scored from second base after singling and advancing on a ground ball to the right side of the infield.

Catcher Ryan Lavarnway collected a hit with two RBI in the third inning, while Ciriaco, first basemen Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Cody Ross, short stop Mike Aviles each collected just one hit.

On Wednesday, the Red Sox play a split-squad contest with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Larry Lucchino Sees Red Sox As 'Underdogs' With High Expectations

What a difference a year can make. Last season, the Boston Red Sox entered the 2011 season the odds-on favorite to win the World Series, but this year is a complete different feeling says CEO/President Larry Lucchino, who sees his team as the underdogs.

"I am absolutely not concerned about [the fact that some are predicting the team to finish third in the AL East]. In fact, I relish it," Lucchino said some time after the morning press conference. "I’ve had enough of the overestimation, the hype attached to last year’s team."

Though, Lucchino says this team may not be the favorite to win it all this year. The expectations that Boston will do so is still there.

"When I say [championship-caliber team], I mean playoffs, because after that, everyone knows it’s a crapshoot. But do I think we have the talent to get into the postseason? I do," said Lucchino. "But we’ve got to have a safe and healthy year. We’ve got to have highly motivated players, individually and collectively. A lot of things have to go right. We need the baseball leadership to do its job.

"But I’m optimistic and excited about 2012, not just about the ribbon cutting [at JetBlue Park, a ceremony that took place on Saturday]. It’s exciting. This is the first day of the 2012 season. I’m excited -- more so than I’ve been in several years."

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Mike Cameron Retires: Former Boston Red Sox Outfielder Calls It A Career

Former Boston Red Sox outfield Mike Cameron has decided to call it a career after 17 seasons, as his current team the Washington Nationals announced his retirement plans Sunday. According to a report by the Sporting News, Cameron had a good shot of making Washington's Opening Day roster as a platoon center-fielder, however, decided to not report to Spring Training.

Over the course of his 17-year career, Cameron made one All-Star team (2001), three Gold Gloves and was a part of eight different MLB franchises with his longest tenure being just four seasons.

Cameron played a small portion of his career in Boston, who signed him in the winter of 2009 and then traded him in the summer of '11.

In just 81 games with the Red Sox, he hit notched a .219 batting average with just seven home runs and 14 RBI.

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Red Sox Spring Training 2012: Bobby Valentine Addresses Concerns At Press Conference

New Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine officially addressed the media over baseball related topics, as the Red Sox opening Spring Training in Fort Myers, FL on Sunday. According to a report by Boston's WEEI, Valentine spoke for 27 minutes and admitted he has concerns about the team's attitude heading into the quickly approaching season.

"At the start of the season, you have all questions," Valentine said. "You have questions about how the team will come together, how the pitching staff will work with the catchers and how the lineup will look and work together. I'd say we have all questions, and questions of good health, too."

"Whether or not a team wins a championship or finishes last, there's always concern on how attitude will develop in a new year," Valentine said. "Considering there were some major issues last year at the end and there's major changes here at the beginning, I'm concerned about the attitude."

Valentine did say that the early arrival of pitchers Josh Beckett and Jon Lester were good signs and a step in the right direction. Valentine also touched on the vacancies that need to be filled by Opening Day.

"As far as positions, we have a vacancy at shortstop, we have a vacancy in right field, right now Carl's health is of question for maybe opening day, and opening day of spring training, so we'll deal with left field. A couple of spots in our starting rotation and a couple of spots in our bullpen have open spots also. Personnel, those are the questions that need answers and the general idea of all the things coming together need to be answered."

Boston's first official Spring Training game is scheduled for March 4 against the Minnesota Twins.

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