Rotation announced on Monday
At last, Josh Beckett has been officially ruled out for Japan. He will stay back in Fort Myers while the Red Sox make the endless journey to the Far East.
Saying that, Beckett took a positive step forward today, playing catch for the first time since being sidelined with back spasms.
Manager Terry Francona will announce the rotation for Japan on Monday. Logic points to Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching Opening Day and Jon Lester pitching the second game.
Very uneventful day here in Bradenton. Pedroia went deep. Snyder, Okajima and Papelbon all pitched well. Yankees tomorrow in Tampa. Both teams will play the bulk of their "A" lineups and we have a good pitching matchup. Colon vs. Pettitte.