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Red Sox Notebook: Jackie Bradley Jr. deals with life after ‘Markus’

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's likely that no player in the Red Sox organization who was closer to Mookie Betts than Jackie Bradley Jr.

The two were drafted in the same year, were minor league roommates for a time and played together at nearly every level of the minor leagues before patrolling the Red Sox outfield side-by-side.

Bradley was the one Red Sox player who never referred to Betts by his given nickname; it was always "Markus,'' when Bradley spoke of him.

"We're pretty close,'' admitted Bradley. "We're like brothers.''