Back at Fenway, but not for long
The homestand is officially underway, but don’t get used to it. The Red Sox will be at Fenway for all of two games before venturing back on the road for a six-game road trip through Philly and Tampa Bay that starts on Friday.
A long night at Yankee Stadium — an hour rain delay and a four-hour game — became longer even still for the Red Sox when they had some flight issues coming home. What time did manager Terry Francona return to his residence?
“I think I pulled up at the driveway at 10 till 6,” Francona said.
He didn’t stay home long. When did he get to Fenway?
“I got here at 10 to 12 because I had to do the EEI thing at noon so I made it,” Francona said.
By the way, Francona is surprised that the media did not ask him about the somewhat humorous scene on Monday night, when he was in the middle of an argument with the umpire and wound up staying on the field during God Bless America.
“I can’t believe nobody asked me about the God Bless America the other night,” Francona said. “I can’t believe it. I didn’t know what to do. I went out to tell the guy I was mad at him and I ended up honoring America with him. We were both looking at each other laughing. I told him during the song, did you ever throw anybody out during God Bless America. He didn’t know me, I don’t think he knew how to take that. I said, ‘I’m just teasing.”‘
On to the nuts and bolts of the day:
Josh Beckett won’t pitch for the Red Sox again until June 3. The righty is on the DL with a lower back strain. But Tim Wakefield will step right in and pitch Sunday in Philly.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron will both play at Portland on Thursday, inching closer to returning to the team.
Joe Nelson, the last cut in Spring Training, is back, ready to help the bullpen.