Brian Butterfield leaves Blue Jays for Red Sox, but still a candidate to manage Blue Jays

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Yesterday third base coach Brian Butterfield left the Blue Jays to take the same job on John Farrell’s new staff in Boston, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Butterfield could wind up right back in Toronto as manager.

Bradford spoke to an unnamed source who told him that Butterfield remains a candidate in the Blue Jays’ search to replace Farrell and Farrell himself basically confirmed that by replying “yes, it’s a rare opportunity and we would certainly not block that” when asked about the situation.

You know, because the whole Farrell/Red Sox/Blue Jays thing needed a little more drama involved.

Farrell also brought Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo with him to Boston as bench coach. Butterfield had been with the Blue Jays since 2002.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: