has been meeting with all of his players so nobody is caught off-guard by the team's decisions. ...More Tito: "Realistically, we're leaving in six days and we wanted him to understand what possibilities exist."
Earlier this week, Francona indicated it would be unrealistic for the club to play someone during the regular-season games in Japan if the same player had not been on the field in Florida.
Coco has only four at-bats this month and has been sidelined with a sort left groin. He took part in a full workout today.
The Courant says Josh Beckett "could be close to playing catch". Francona: "He's doing the treadmill. He's getting there."
Art Martone remembers Doug Mirabelli:
Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.The time of April 2's game in Oakland had been changed from 10 PM EST to 3:35 PM. "According to the San Francisco Chronicle ... the Players Association argued that the Red Sox needed time to adjust to eastern time to get ready for an April 4th game at Toronto after a day off on April 3rd."
And others, like Doug Mirabelli, latch onto it.