Pitchers and catchers held their first official workout on Saturday down in Fort Myers, Florida, and manager John Farrell, who signed a two-year contract extension with Boston over the weekend, is confident that one of his five starters will emerge as the rotation’s leader throughout the season.
Rick Porcello, a 15-game winner for the Detroit Tigers in 2014, could be that guy. Or maybe Clay Buchholz will stay healthy and live up to the potential we’ve heard about for years. Newcomers Wade Miley and Justin Masterson, along with returning right-hander Joe Kelly, figure to round out the Boston rotation, and Farrell believes any of those five pitchers can become the “ace” of the staff.
“The fact is we have five guys in the rotation with legit major league track records,” Farrell told WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche on Sunday night’s edition of Sports Final. “To me, our No. 1 starter is the guy who goes to the mound that night "
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