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March 10: Rays at Red Sox

Back home at beautiful JetBlue Park today after a lengthy sojourn to the East Coast, the Red Sox are ready for the Rays today and Shane Victorino is back in the lineup.

Opponent: Tampa Bay Rays (1-3).

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Today’s lineup: Victorino RF, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Ramirez LF, Sandoval 3B, Napoli 1B, Bogaerts SS, Bradley CF, Hanigan C.

Starting matchup: Masterson vs. Andriese.

Available out of the bullpen: Owens, Uehara, Eveland, Spruill, Varvaro, Hinojosa.

Recent stories of interest on

Cecchini has an attitude everyone can learn from:

Finding playing time for Allen Craig might be the toughest thing about John Farrell’s job:

Barnes displaying premium stuff in camp:



Red Sox split up for final time this spring

Friday is the last day this spring that the Red Sox will be divided between two games. They host the Tigers at home at 1:05 p.m. ET, and a second group plays the Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla., at 7:05 p.m.

It’s a busy two-day stretch for the Sox, who have three games in the next 24 hours.
“Our travel schedule here is not real conducive to sometimes getting our work done, and it’s not a complaint, just stating the facts,” manager Terry Francona said Friday morning. “We spend a lot of time on buses because of where we’re located. So we try to do our fundamentals periodically, when we have like a couple home games, we’ll spend a little bit of extra time doing stuff like that.”
After Boston plays the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., on Monday, Francona said more cuts are likely.
Friday’s lineups were split relatively evenly:
Afternoon lineup
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Varitek C
Cameron RF
Kalish CF
McDonald LF
Buchholz SP
Night lineup

Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Drew RF
Lowrie SS
Nava DH
Navarro 3B
Spears 2B
Sutton 1B
Wagner C
Wakefield SP
— Evan Drellich

Tito talks team

On the official day that pitchers and catchers reported, there was a scarce group at the park today. Nearly every key pitcher and catcher had already been at the complex this week, so there was no presence was required today. Many of the players spent part of the weekend in Miami at Mike Lowell’s retirement party, which is why there was such a small contingent today.

Bobby Jenks, Jonathan Papelbon, Clay Buchholz, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Hideki Okaima were among those who did workout.

And Terry Francona had his first media session of camp. Here are some bullet points from Tito’s session.

Is J.D. Drew’s hamstring going to be an issue this spring?
” We’re going to try not to let it be,” Francona said. “It’s something that he has voiced some concern about. He went to Dr. Andrews, he came up to Boston. I don’t think he’s real concerned about it, but it’s been there. I don’t think we want it to be a concern, so we’ll certainly monitor it.”

Will Beckett and Lackey bounce back?
“If I wasn’t [expecting that], I would be a horrible manager,” Francona said. “What a thing to do, to sit here and go, ‘Nah, I don’t think our guys can do well.’ Lack looks like he really worked. He’s thin, even in his face. Beckett looks strong. I was really pleased. Regardless of who you are, there’s a lot of pride that comes in with this. Both guys obviously went home and kind of got after it. Hopefully it’ll pay dividends with their ERA or their won-loss record. But they obviously both worked really hard.”

What will the plan be for Tim Wakefield this spring?
“For Wake, we’ll stretch him out just because that will serve him best, build his innings and arm strength, then if need be, that availability is there.”

Full House in the Fort

The Red Sox must not have gotten the memo about reporting date. Either that, or they didn’t much care. The complex was full of players on Thursday, some 72 hours before they are required to be in town.

Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Gonzalez are just some of the players who have already worked out.

The rest of them will be filtering in over these next several days, as another baseball season gets ready to start. will keep you up to date on all things Red Sox throughout the spring and, of course, all summer long.

Here is a synopsis of what you can find on today.

Daniel Bard was a bit of a lone ranger last year in setting up Jonathan Papelbon. The hard-throwing righty is thrilled to be surrounded by quality options this year.

As Theo Epstein surveyed the scene, he noted that health — last year’s main annoyance — needs to hold up.

The GM also discussed recent signings, both the conventional and unconventional ones.

Day 1 in the Fort

I’m back to my home away from home. After a 1,400 mile trek with my wife, the kids and my sister-in-law, I have returned to Fort Myers, which feels as familiar as that comfortable pair of sweat pants I wore almost every day during the winter.

At any rate, it was a fairly quiet day at Early Bird camp, highlighted by Jonathan Papelbon’s first mound session — and media session — since Game 3 of last October’s Division Series. Daisuke Matsuzaka, looking lean and mean, did a car-side interview in the parking lot with Japanese reporters and will hopefully meet with the Boston press on Wednesday.

There were a ton of players participating in the informal workouts, including Kevin Youkilis, Josh Beckett, Manny Delcarmen and Tim Wakefield, who kicked off season No. 16 in Boston with his arrival this morning.

Pitchers and catchers are all due to be in Fort Myers by Thursday, with physicals set for Friday and the first full-squad workout on Saturday.

Papelbon spoke to the media for 19 minutes, taking all topics head-on. Here were some snippets.

What about some people thinking it’s a foregone conclusion the righty will leave Boston as soon as he is eligible for free agency?

“I think that’s the perception, that I’m going to go somewhere else, but it’s all a perception. Right now this is the way it’s working out. It’s that simple. It’s one year at a time, it’s working out and both sides are happy. Why would you try to do anything else is my way of thinking. Of course I’d love to be with Boston for a long term,” Papelbon said.

That painful outing against the Angels?

“It’s something that I used for motivation for me this offseason. What else can you do with it? It’s something that you’ve got to learn from and be able to move on. You’re always going to learn [more] from the innings that you struggle in than the ones you’re successful at.”

What happened to the splitter?

“That’s such a feel pitch. It’s a pitch that you have to throw a lot, just like a curveball. Any kind of offspeed pitch, it’s a feel pitch. There were times when I was choking it down a little too much and overthrowing it, and there were times when I was throwing it perfect. But like I said, that comes with experience, and this year I’ll be able to take that into the season right from the get-go.”

The goal for Papelbon now is to start a new postseason streak much like the 26 innings without allowing an earned run that didn’t end until Game 3 against the Angels.

“I’m looking forward to starting that streak all over again for another four or five years, hopefully. That’s how I set my goals – to go on streaks. You go on those long streaks, not get in a rut, come out of them quick, that’s what it’s all about for me in my role.”

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