Saturday in the Citi
OK, that’s my last corny pun about Citi Field for a long time, since, who knows when I will be here again? Perhaps in October for a Red Sox-Mets World Series? Otherwise, it could be a while.
Daisuke Matsuzaka gets the nod in Boston’s final game of Spring Training.
Kevin Youkilis is over the flu bug — intestinal turmoil as his manager referred to it as — that took him out of the lineup on Friday night. Youk is back in there today. Rocco Baldelli will lead off and play center against the left-handed starter. Ellsbury will come in off the bench at some point.
Brad Wilkerson has apparently decided he will accept an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket. This, after a horrific spring in which Wikerson hit .119 and struck out 18 times in 42 at-bats.
Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield pitched in a camp game back in Fort Myers today, throwing six innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts over 83 pitches.
The Sox will work out at Fenway on Sunday and then open their season. It will be the first Home Opener at Fenway for many players on the roster. Here is the list of those players who have never had an Opening Day with the Red Sox:
Justin Masterson; Brad Penny, Ramon Ramirez, Takashi Saito, John Smoltz, George Kotarras, Jed Lowrie, Rocco Baldelli, Chris Carter and Mark Kotsay