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Red Sox release Pablo Sandoval


Third baseman Pablo Sandoval is officially a free agent as the Red Sox released him on Wednesday, the team announced. Sandoval was designated for assignment on Friday.

The Red Sox signed Sandoval to a five-year, $95 million contract in November 2014. It couldn’t have gone worse for the Sox. Over parts of three seasons, Sandoval played in a total of 161 games, batting .237/.286/.360 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 620 plate appearances. He battled injuries and received criticism for showing up to camp last season overweight.

Sandoval is reportedly interested in reuniting with the Giants. Though the Red Sox are on the hook for the remainder of his contract, Sandoval isn’t likely to draw much interest from other teams given his recent performance, injury history, and reputation.

Clayton Kershaw completes spring training with a 0.00 ERA

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Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.

In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.

The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.

The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.