Sunday March 27, 2011 | 12:52 AM

The blog is back. Flew in late Saturday night after some college visits (seeing son in Baltimore, seeing D.C. with daughter). Fly out later today for Florida and the end of spring training. is reporting that the Red Sox made cuts in their minor league camp on Sunday, including three relief pitchers who were with the Sea Dogs last year - Bryce Cox, T.J. Large and Ryne Lawson.

Cox, 26, was an instant sensation after being drafted out of Rice in 2006, recording a 0.76 ERA in 13 games with advanced Class A Wilmington. Injuries and inconsistencies dogged him after that. He recorded a 4.89 ERA with the Sea Dogs last year.

Large, 27, had reached Triple-A in 2009, but began 2010 in Portland because of a crowded Pawtucket staff. He quickly was sent back up, but recorded a 7.64 ERA in 21 games.

Lawson, 25, was called a pitched with potential because of his sinking fastball. But he never put up the numbers and had a .545 ERA with the Sea Dogs last year.

With Boston's opening day coming up this Friday, we take a look at the Red Sox in the On Baseball column, comparing Boston with Tampa Bay and New York. While everyone says Boston is the clear favorite in the division, the Yankees look pretty good.

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