Friday February 18, 2011 | 05:35 AM

The Red Sox are full of optimism.

Elsewhere in the AL East ...

The Rays are banking on free agents Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon to bolster their lineup. Manny says he comes in with a chip on his shoulder. See the St. Petersburg Times story.

Former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is a people person. He's developing new relationships in his first camp as Blue Jays manager. See the Toronto Globe and Mail story.

And the recent talk in the Yankees camp is Joba Chamberlain's weight. The New York Post has a story. Besides Chamberlain's weight, the story has Brian Cashman saying that Chamberlain is a fit for the bullpen, ending speculation (for now) that will be join New York's thin rotation.

And the Orioles are hoping manager Buck Showalter will turn things around. The Baltimore Sun reports from Sarasota.


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