L - Jacoby Ellsbury, CFTerry Francona spoke about his preferred lineup to start the season:
R - Dustin Pedroia, 2B
L - David Ortiz, DH
R - Kevin Youkilis, 1B
L - J.D. Drew, RF
R - Mike Lowell, 3B
R - Jason Bay, LF
I think having the left-handed hitter [fifth] is somewhat useful. For me, right now, J.D. is healthy, we have Mikey Lowell and Bay who we can hit sixth and seventh. In my opinion, neither one is a typical [No. 7] hitter, but somebody is going to have to. We'll figure it out. We have a chance for a pretty balanced, good lineup.What is a typical #7 hitter? ... I guess the only question now is whether Jason Varitek will hit 8th or 9th? Speaking of which, Varitek leads the team with 12 RBIs!
Sean McAdam, Herald:
Nick Green and Chris Carter have been told that they have made the Red Sox Opening Day roster, with the understanding that things could change if the Sox make a last minute deal or waiver claim.Is this a joke? Tito, on Lowell's recovery:
The only thing for me right now that he's lacking is some speed. ... There's only so much you can simulate in Spring Training. When the season starts and all of a sudden you're trying to go first to third and score ... we'll keep an eye on him.Monday pitching: Daisuke Matuszaka threw 75 pitches over five innings against Atlanta yesterday, allowing two hits and two runs (one earned). He walked three and struck out two. ... Tim Wakefield pitched in a minor league: 5 IP, 5 H (3 HR), 5 R, 94 pitches.
Clay Buchholz makes his final Grapefruit League start today against our hated divisional rivals -- the Rays (1 PM).