It all starts with Dice-K
The suspense — as if there ever really was any — ended today with the announcement that Dice-K will get the ball on March 25 when the title defense officially begins under the roof of Tokyo Dome against the A’s.
Matsuzaka checked back into the Fort today after witnessing the birth of his baby boy in Boston. He didn’t waste any time, throwing a side session and then talking with the media, almost all of which was Japanese. The American media was here in Tampa for Sox-Yankees.
Colon got ripped today by the Yankees, giving up three hits and four runs over 2/3 of an inning. Don’t read too much into it. His velocity was still good. This is a guy making his second start of Spring Training.
Coco Crisp is finally making progress. He is getting at-bats at the Minor League complex today along with Bobby Kielty.
Josh Beckett continues to make nice progress. Perhaps he’ll pitch during the series in Toronto April 4-6, though the Sox aren’t ready to make any definitive plans just yet. I would think Dice-K and Lester would pitch the two games in Oakland April 1 and 2.