FORT MYERS, Fla. Florida Marlins officials were "outraged" the Red Sox did not field a representative team for this afternoon's game in Jupiter.
The Sun Sentinel newspaper also reported the Marlins planned to contact Major League Baseball about the situation.
MLB requires teams to field spring training lineups with "a minimum of four players who were regulars on the previous years major league team or who were platooned on the previous years major league team on a regular basis, or who have a reasonable chance to be regulars on the major league clubs squad during the upcoming season."
Each of those regulars, excluding pitchers, must play a minimum of three complete innings.
The Red Sox lineup included only one player center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. who fits that description.
The Marlins raised ticket prices for the game, labeling the Red Sox a "super premium" attraction.
Live updates as the Red Sox take on the Miami Marlins on Thursday, March 6.
We're going to be anticipating severe weather here over the next few hours so we have no idea how much of this game will take place. There's a window from noon-4 p.m. where severe storms could bury the region.
John Farrell indicated that both David Ross and AJ Pierzysnki have come along nicely from their foot and ankle injuries and are scheduled to play Friday and Saturday.
Jake Peavy, who threw a bullpen, will continue with his throwing program and Farrell hopes that in the next few days the bandage on his left index finger will be reduced to the point where he can wear a glove and begin taking the pounding on the healing laceration where he cut himself with a fishing knife.
Back in Fort Myers, Brian Butterfield put the infielders through workouts, especially Will Middlebrooks, who had a tough day in the field on Wednesday in Jupiter vs. the Cardinals.
Farrell met with Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and wished him well. There had been some hard feelings during the World Series when Salty was benched in favor of Ross, but both have moved on and appear to be getting along fine.
Farrell is impressed with Bryce Brentz' camp thus far. Brentz has hit two homers and made a tremendous throw from right field Wednesday to nail a runner going from second to third.
This is a big draw for Marlins, so they'll try to get the game in. Bill Parcells, who lives here, just showed up.
Giancarlo Stanton is in the Marlins' lineup. There will always be rumors associated with Stanton and Boston. Stanton acknowledged he's heard them and said he respects the Red Sox for the great team concept.
FORT MYERS, Fla. Red Sox righthander John Lackey pitched for the first time in spring training this morning, going three innings in a minor league intrasquad game.
Lackey was perfect, retiring all nine hitters he faced and striking out six of them. He threw 36 pitches, all fastballs and a few changeups.
It certainly beat the alternative, which would have been a long bus ride across the state for the game against the Marlins.
"I just didn't want to go to Jupiter today to be honest with you," Lackey said. "It's a lot shorter trip here."
Lackey is scheduled to start on Tuesday against Miami at JetBlue Park.
"I felt good. Pretty much threw a lot of fastballs, trying to get that location to start off with," Lackey said. "Good place to start."
Lackey was coming of Tommy John elbow surgery when he reported to camp last season. Now he's pitching with much more peace of mind.
"Definitely just a lot different," he said. "Last year you kind of wondered how you were going to feel with the elbow more than trying to locate pitches. I was just trying to see how my elbow was going to feel more than anything."
Lackey had a strong season in 2013, going 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA over 29 starts and 189.1 innings. He was 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in the postseason. He pitched a key inning of relief in Game 4 of the World Series then beat the Cardinals in Game 6, allowing one run over 6.2 innings.
A few other notes from the Fort:
Lefty Andrew Miller faced two batters in the intrasquad game and retired them both.
David Ross (left foot) said he is ready to start on Friday.
Will Middlebrooks, who had a rough day in the field on Wednesday, was out early working with infield coach Brian Butterfield. It's noteworthy that Butterfield stayed behind to work with Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts.
FORT MYERS, Fla. Here is the pitching schedule for the next five days:
Friday vs. Atlanta: Felix Doubront, Jose Mijares, Francisco Cordero, Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Edward Mujica.
Saturday at Baltimore: Henry Owens, Noe Ramirez, Tommy Layne, Alex Wilson, Dalier Hinojosa,
Saturday vs. Baltimore: Brandon Workman, Jose Mijares, Andrew Miller, Brayan Villarreal, Miguel Celestino.
Sunday at Pittsburgh: Clay Buchholz, Rubby De La Rosa, Francisco Cordero.
Monday vs. Tampa Bay: Jon Lester, Chris Capuano, Anthony Ranaudo, Jose Mijares.
Tuesday at Baltimore: Allen Webster, Dalier Hinojosa, Alex Wilson, Brayan Villarreal.
Tuesday vs. Miami: John Lackey, Drake Britton, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, Edward Mujica, Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop.
FORT MYERS, Fla. Lefthanded reliever Rich Hill arrived at Red Sox camp this morning to heartfelt hugs and words of support from teammates. His infant son, Brooks, passed away on Feb. 24.
"We had a son on Dec. 26 and he was born with multiple issues that we confronted and had to deal with as we were moving through the last couple of months at Mass General," Hill said. "Unfortunately, he succumbed. He's passed. He taught us a lot of things. Unfortunately things didn't work out."
The Hill family Rich, Caitlin and 2-year-old Brice landed in Florida on Wednesday night.
"My wife has been extremely strong," Hill said. "We're going to enjoy our time here and obviously make the most of the opportunity that's here to play baseball," said Hill, who turns 34 next week. "Excited to be here, to be playing baseball again and get back into the normalcy of my profession and to be around a great group of guys and to just take that next step.
"One-day-at-a-time approach, that's where we're at, to really enjoy every day."
Hill was with the Red Sox from 2010-12 and pitched well when healthy, posting a 1.14 ERA over 40 games and averaging 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Hill appeared in 63 games for Cleveland last season despite a 6.28 ERA.
Hill, a native of Milton, thanked the Red Sox for their support. One of the main reasons he signed a minor league contract with the organization was to remain close to his family.
"There was a strong correlation," he said. "Fortunately, had the opportunity to come back. The Red Sox have been tremendous through this whole part of our life. ... They were absolutely fabulous. It was 100 percent support all the way."
Hill said his family has had "tremendous support" from family and friends.
"Extended family, at Mass General. Everybody there has been tremendous. The doctors, the nurses and everybody who cared for our son," Hill said.
Hill is hopeful of finding a spot on the Red Sox roster.
"We'll see. I feel that the opportunity is here," he said. "The opportunity is here for myself to make the most of it and go out there and do everything that I can on a daily basis to perform."
The Red Sox have lefthanded relievers Craig Breslow and Andrew Miller on the 40-man roster along with starting pitcher prospect Drake Britton, who pitched in relief in the majors last season. Lefthanded reliever Jose Mijares is in camp on a minor league contract.
Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (1-5)
Pitching: RHP Allen Webster followed by LHP Drake Britton, RHP Alex Wilson and minor league call-ups.
Pitching: RHP Nathan Eovaldi followed by LHP Brad Hand, RHP Chaz Roe, LHP Mike Dunn, RHP Chris Hatcher, LHP Dan Jennings and LHP James Leverton.
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
Notes: Webster did not pitch well in his first spring game, giving up three runs on four hits in 1.2 innings against the Twins. Britton was sharp in that game, throwing two scoreless innings and striking out four. ... Thunderstorms are expected in the area around Roger Dean Stadium around game time. ... Saltalamacchia, a member of the Red Sox from 2010-13, signed a three-year deal with the Marlins in the offseason.
FORT MYERS, Fla. The Red Sox are 1-5 and have been outscored 43-24 so far in spring training. It's pretty ugly and several folks wrote emails asking if there was reason to be concerned.
It's a legitimate question and even John Farrell mentioned on Wednesday that the team needs to clean up its mistakes.
But there probably aren't more than a handful of players in the clubhouse who have the remotest idea what the team's record is. At this point, it's not a concern.
This stage of spring training is glorified practice for the players who will make up the 25-man roster. They play one game every few days and then only for three or four innings.
Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront, Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, and Craig Breslow have thrown a grand total of five innings in games so far.
David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, and Mike Napoli have 22 at-bats. Until the Red Sox make some cuts and get their actual team on the field what transpires on the field doesn't hold much meaning beyond being able to evaluate individual players.
The Red Sox were 2-4 after six games in spring training last year and it turned out pretty well.
Nick Cafardo is with the team in Jupiter today for the game against the Marlins. Here at Fenway South, John Lackey will throw a simulated game.
Our stories in the Globe today:
Nick spoke to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the catcher made it clear he wasn't wanted back by the Red Sox.
The notebook has Farrell expecting better and Jon Lester working on his game back in the Fort.
Here's the report on an 8-6 loss against the Cardinals.
Updates from Florida as the Red Sox travel to take on the St. Louis Cardinals on March 5. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m.
FORT MYERS, Fla. It was 9:30 a.m. when Jon Lester walked out to the mound on Field 1 behind JetBlue Park for his first appearance of spring training.
Only a dozen or so fans were behind the backstop. Teammates Drake Britton, Clay Buchholz, and John Lackey were on hand along with Carl Yastrzemski and Dwight Evans. General manager Ben Cherington was another interested spectator.
Lester threw 38 pitches over what amounted to three innings. He faced 13 minor-league hitters and allowed three runs (none earned) on five hits. There was one strikeout and one hit batter.
Lester faced Justin Henry, Carlos Rivero, Manuel Margot, Jesus Loya, and Kendrick Perkins.
Lester was held back a turn in spring training after making five starts and throwing 34.2 innings in the postseason. The simulated game was a way to ease the lefthander into action.
Lester understands why the team is being cautious. But he felt ready to go from the start of camp.
"I don't like to be put in a bubble like that," siad Lester. "Kind of restricted before anything starts, especially if there's no physical problems. Might as well go ahead and get after it and get ready for the season.
"Felt fine. Physically today is just getting through the first one. Get some innings and get ready for some real game action."
Lester threw his fastball, cutter, and curveball and mixed in two changeups.
"I ended up throwing everything," he said.
Pitching coach Juan Nieves said Lester would start against Tampa Bay on Monday.
"I thought he looked great," Nieves said. "The ball came out really well. The spin on the breaking ball was very sharp. Bottom line is, as long as they walk off the mound feeling healthy and not grabbing anything, they're fine."
Lester said that to his knowledge there is no progress in negotiations on a contract extension with the Red Sox. His agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, spoke to team officials earlier in spring training.
John Lackey will throw a two-inning simulated game Thursday.
FORT MYERS, Fla. Red Sox righthander Jake Peavy squeezed his injured left index finger into a glove this morning and threw 40 pitches in the bullpen.
But Peavy was not allowed to actually use his glove. Because of the heavy bandage on Peavy's finger, bullpen catcher Mani Martinez served as his valet and caught the ball for him.
Peavy accidentally cut his finger with a fishing knife Saturday, opening a wound that required minor surgery. Peavy said the blade actually hit the bone in his finger and sent blood spurting several feet. He will not lose any function in the finger but perhaps some feel because of nerve damage.
The more immediate problem is how to play catch. The finger still hurts and Peavy is not yet ready for the impact of the ball.
"I felt all right," he said. "Obviously it was a little difficult getting my hand in there. But once I got it in I felt fine. Catching the ball back, that's going to be the biggest thing.
"It was good to get the uniform on and get some work in. You don't want to take a step back."
Peavy missed his start Monday. The long bullpen session somewhat made up for that. Now the Red Sox have to figure out what comes next. Some sort of simulated game is likely.
"We just need to figure it out," Peavy said. "I really don't know what our timetable is."
The other issue is the possibility of infection. Peavy gets the dressing changed frequently and is taking antibiotics. If infection does set in, doctors have told him he would need intravenous treatment.
"The biggest thing holding me back is them worrying about any kind of sweat getting in it," Peavy said.
Peavy threw all 40 pitches from the stretch as he worked on his mechanics. He does not think he will have to start the season on the disabled list.
"I don't see that being a problem," he said. "I certainly don't foresee it going that long to where it affects [the schedule.] You can get some work in a controlled environment to get your arm speed up.
"If it came down to it, we could simulate a game environment and throw one or two less actual games and still be ready."
JUPITER, FIa. Jarrod Saltalamacchia said he was disappointed the Red Sox made the lowest offer among the six teams who bid for his services as a free agent and the team never moved off a two-year offer that wasn't completely guaranteed.
The Red Sox, who are here playing the Cardinals today and Salty's Marlins on the other side of the facility Thursday, signed veteran A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal instead, with an eye toward using their young catchers, Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez, down the road.
Salty never revealed the Red Sox offer, but he said it was nowhere near the three-year, $21 million deal he made with the his hometown Marlins.
"We had a few options. No one was as low as the Red Sox. Out of six or seven, they were the lowest. I didn't understand that. It is what it is. I was disappointed. They (Red Sox) offered a two-year deal, but not cut and dry. There were other things involved. Not a straight two-year deal. I was disappointed. I definitely wanted to stay. I enjoyed every minute that I was there. Guys go their whole career wanting to play there and never get a chance, let alone win a World Series when you're there," Saltalamacchia said.
"I couldn't make them make a choice. It wasn't like this is what it's going to take and this is what it is. They just weren't interested because they had some young guys coming up and I understood that because I was in that position when I was coming up. This was ultimately a good choice for me," he said.
Saltalamacchia, 28, who made great strides both offensively and defensively last season, had said late in the season that he wanted to spend the rest of his career with the Red Sox, but the team never engaged in talks with him.
"I wasn't asking for the moon. Based on what I got here. But they weren't willing to go anywhere near that. I was shocked. The more I thought about it, I realized, based on how they felt, that they didn't offer me anything during the year. I don't think that was ever a goal for them. Wanting to go with their young guys seemed to be the major reason. That's the only thing that made sense to me because I wasn't asking for a lot. I wasn't asking for $15, $13 or $12 million. I was just asking for what was fair. I'm 28, I still think of myself as a young catcher," Saltalamacchia said.
Saltalamacchia said Red Sox general manager Ben (Cherington) expressed interest in bringing him back.
"He was hoping I would stay and I told him I was hoping I would stay. We just couldn't come together for anything more than two years and even within the two years there were a number of options and what-ifs attached," he said. "I think I deserved to have at least something guaranteed."
Saltalamacchia was benched in the World Series.
"You want to play," he said. "You work so hard during the course of the year to get to that point and I felt I was a big part of that. You get there and by the end of the day we won. I'd be more upset if I didn't play and we lost it. That's the ultimate goal.
"Rossy (David Ross) was in there Game 1 and we won. I was in there Game 2 and we lost. I don't know if it was because of me we lost, but Rossy did a good job. If I'm a manager and I see that you have a guy who's winning and doing a good job, I have no hard feeling toward it. We won, I got a ring," Saltalamacchia said.
He also spoke about his relationship with manager John Farrell.
"We didn't talk much. It was tough. We had meetings about it. I told him my feelings, he told me his. At the Winter Meetings he came up to me shook my hand and congratulated me. Same here," he said.
With the Marlins he could bat anywhere from cleanup to sixth. If healthy, he expects to catch 120 games. He's expected to be a leader of a young pitching staff, try to build and nourish it after overseeing the World Series champion pitching staff.
He has one of the best young pitchers in the game in rookie of the year Jose Fernandez.
"It's a good group of guys, good coaching staff, relaxed," Saltalamacchia said. "It's different, of course. I feel I can be a leader, but I'm not coming in here trying to change or do anything drastic. You've got guys here like (Giancarlo) Stanton who have been here so I'm trying to follow their lead a little bit and see how things go around here. If they seek my advice, I can give that based on my experience with a winning team. That's what we're trying to build here."
But he will never forget Boston, where he played a huge role in the charitable efforts in Boston Strong.
"It's tough for many reasons. So many friends I made, so many charitable contributions that I was a part of. What that city went through and the people in it and the casualties, it makes it tougher to leave that behind. That's why coming back to my home town helps that a little bit. At least I'm home now," he said.
Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (1-4)
Bradley Jr CF
Pitching: LHP Chris Capuano followed by RHP Anthony Ranaudo, RHP Dalier Hinojosa, RHP Burke Badenhop, LHP Tommy Layne, RHP Miguel Celestino, RHP Noe Ramirez.
Pitching: RHP Shelby Miller.
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
Notes: It's a World Series rematch! OK, not so much. But Capuano will be making his spring debut and will be followed by Ranaudo, who pitched two stellar innings in his first game. That should please the many Red Sox fans who will be at Roger Dean Stadium. ... The Sox will play the Marlins in Jupiter at the same stadium on Thursday. ... Today's game will feature use of the new replay rules.
FORT MYERS, Fla. The Red Sox team bus has already left for Jupiter (the city on the east coast of Florida, not the planet) for a game against the Cardinals.
Nick Cafardo will be on hand for that game. Here in the Fort, Jon Lester will throw a three-inning simulated game and Jake Peavy will throw in the bullpen without a glove.
All in a day's work. Here are the links to our Globe stories:
For Red Sox prospect Christian Vazquez, the catching legacy in Puerto Rico helps guide him.
The notebook has Clay Buchholz not pitching well but still feeling good about.
FORT MYERS, Fla. Clay Buchholz was not sharp against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, giving up a run on three hits and a walk in one inning. He also pitched at a maddeningly slow pace.
But what mattered most was how physically good Buchholz felt walking back to the dugout.
Buchholz was anxious to test the strength of his right shoulder in his spring training debut. Playing catch and throwing in the bullpen offered only so much feedback.
It feels completely different than it did the last month and half, two months of last year. Thats what I want it to feel like coming into camp. Now just need to keep working, said Buchholz, who spent three months on the disabled list last season.
The Red Sox, who lost, 8-0, planned to have Buchholz go to the bullpen and keep throwing after the first inning. But the 26 pitches he threw were deemed sufficient.
It was good to see Clay back on the mound, manager John Farrell said. He showed decent arm strength. I dont want to make too much of an inning of work. But he was able to go through an extended bullpen, almost simulating an inning. In some ways today was like two innings of work for him. A good starting point.
Buchholz said his velocity got up to 92-93. Scouts in the stands said it was a few ticks lower than that. But it was certainly higher than the low-wattage stuff he featured in Game 4 of the World Series.
Velocity is creeping back up to where I need it to be. No problems throughout, Buchholz said.
Live updates and commentary as the Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays in Spring Training game No. 5.
FORT MYERS, Fla. Jake Peavy played long toss today, an effort by the Red Sox to keep his arm in shape after he missed his start on Monday with a deep cut on his left index finger.
Peavy only threw the ball, however. Head athletic trainer Rick Jameyson caught it for him. He'll throw in the bullpen on Wednesday the same way. Peavy's finger is heavily bandaged after an accident with a fishing knife required minor surgery to repair.
"The precaution we have to take right now is just making sure he doesn't perspire too much. That might cause some bacteria to get into the incision. It's still closing up," manager John Farrell said.
It's uncertain when Peavy will be able to get into a game in spring training. The injury also raises the possibility of Peavy not making the Opening Day roster. If the Red Sox used Peavy as their No. 5 starter, he would not be needed until April 6. That could buy him time to stay behind and prepare.
The other option would be to use Chris Capuano or Brandon Workman in the rotation until Peavy is ready.
Could Peavy start the season on the disabled list?
"We haven't ruled that out yet," Farrell said. "As much as we can continue to do with arm work and arm activity in the current situation, we'll get him out to the mound as soon as we can."
In other injury news:
Shane Victorino (right thumb) took batting practice on the field today. Farrell said the right fielder would need several such workouts before he gets in a game. "We don't feel it's too far in the future," Farrell said. "He's in good shape as far as being ready for the start of the season."
David Ross was scheduled to play today but is out with a sore left foot. An MRI was negative and Ross should start on Friday. It's a tendon issue.
Matt Barnes (right shoulder) has what Farrell described as "stiffness in the back of his shoulder." Tests in the training room were negative.
"He's a highly valued prospect and we're not going to push him too soon," Farrell said. "We're just being overly cautious."
A.J. Pierzynski (left ankle) was walking around the clubhouse without any sort of limp. He has some swelling and isn't expected to play until Saturday at the earliest. Pierzynski rolled his ankle during one of the early workouts and again on Monday. The Sox want to give him a few days.
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Grady Sizemore continues to pass his early tests running, fielding and hitting. He was scheduled to get a couple of days of down time after playing Tuesday vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. Sizemore has been very frank with himself. He says it's too early to determine whether he's a full-time player. If he is, he'll generate some interesting roster decisions.
Sizemore does have minor league options, but he would have to give his consent to go to the minors if he or the team felt he needed more at-bats.
It's not that the Red Sox have given up on Jackie Bradley Jr., but the realization is he's not a burner on the basepaths, but above average. They're working on improving Bradley's confidence and aggressiveness in trying to steal bases. They feel any speed he has is seen best in the outfield.
Christian Vazquez continues to draw rave reviews for his catching and throwing ability, but as we pointed out in our Sunday Baseball Notes, don't forget Dan Butler. He may be 27, but look at his offensive numbers and then combine it with his solid defense and he's a catcher that's being looked at very closely by other organizations if the Red Sox find they don't have room for him with Vazquez and Ryan Lavarnway also in Pawtucket.
Lavarnway, of course has been re-invented as a first baseman/DH/C so he'll get at-bats beyond catching.
Just based on a few at-bats, looks like first base prospect Travis Shaw is going to be an effective Fenway hitter with impressive power to the opposite field.
When I mentioned "30 home run power" for Will Middlebrooks, hitting coach Greg Colbrunn added, "or more."
The Red Sox will miss having a dynamic leadoff man like Jacoby Ellsbury and they'll miss the consistency of Stephen Drew's shortstop defense.
Do not forget about right fielder Bryce Brentz. He's been the forgotten man but one of the few righthanded hitters with power in the Sox organization.
Here's the mailbag:
Will Shane Victrorino switch-hit this year or just bat from right side?
JM, West Baldwin, Maine
He's been very secretive about that. Asked him recently and he said, "You all have to see." At the end of last season he said he would continue to be a switch-hitter. May he be an non-traditional switch-hitter and not go left-right every time? Perhaps.
Regarding John Henry's 30-year shelf life comment about Fenway Park, it's like a can of Spam. As long as fans tolerate the uncomfortable seats, or sub-standard food, he can keep raking in the money. Does he really think fans are happy with Spam with a Red Sox label? Does he care, or is the almighty dollar just too consuming?
Lots of different opinions about Fenway. Some people would be crushed if the old ballpark went away; others welcome a new facility. I think the original intention was to pursue a new ballpark, but after their initial pursuit it was decided they were better off redoing Fenway. As for the almighty dollar, I think the Sox owners could make a lot more money with a new ballpark. Every owner who has opened a new ballpark has made a ton of money. Personally, I'm for a new ballpark, but it's a moot point. Not going to happen.
I know that it might sound like wishful thinking. Yet, looking at a simple comparison of runs scored versus runs allowed, the Yankees were the only team in the East that allowed more runs than they scored. Is it not likely that the Yankees had things go their way on the field more than they didn'tand that their team was not as good as their record? And then would it also not be surprising if the improvements that they made in the offseason allow them to stay even, not improve?
Joshua, Madison, Wis.
Their lineup was decimated last season so you understand them not scoring as many runs. What they did with that makeshift lineup was remarkable. They lose Jeter, Teixeira, A-Rod, Granderson, and Youkilis. Now I know they've lost Cano, but their improvement should allow them to be one of the top scoring teams in baseball. Next question is pitching. If Sabathia can pitch with his new skinny body, if Kuroda rebounds, if Tanaka is the real deal and Michael Pineda comes back strong, they'll be good. Problem there is their bullpen. I think Robertson can handle the closer role, but their late-inning relief and lack of depth may bite them.
Nick, wondering how you feel about the Red Sox' young pitchers and who will emerge to help during the season?
In the 30 years I've covered the team this group is impressive in terms of potential. They'd have a ways to go to match the mid-80s homegrown guys like Roger Clemens, Bruce Hurst, Oil Can Boyd, Bob Ojeda, John Tudor, Al Nipper, and Steve Crawford, but certainly they have a chance to get there. I've learned over the years not to get too crazy in love about pitching prospects until they actually get to the majors and show something.
I think the surest thing they have right now is Brandon Workman. He's made all of the adjustments both as a starter and reliever and come away pretty solid. We see the continued struggles of Allen Webster, who wasn't developed by the Red Sox, but he has great stuff and seems very nervous on the mound. Anthony Ranaudo and Henry Owens have excellent stuff and poise. Matt Barnes has come up with some shoulder soreness, so we'll have to watch that. That homegrown pitching rotation that started the season in 1986 was pretty impressive.
Do you think Roger Clemens will ever get into the Hall of Fame?
Nick, Reno, Nev.
I think he will. Clemens was a Hall of Famer as was Bonds. lt may take all 15 years, but it's hard to close your eyes and really believe that the only reason he accumulated those numbers was because he took steroids for a few years. Same with Bonds.
FORT MYERS, Fla. Many fans have asked, so here are the notable players playing in Jupiter on Wednesday and Thursday:
Vs. St. Louis on Wednesday: Burke Badenhop, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Chris Capuano, Mike Carp, Garin Cecchini, Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava, Anthony Ranaudo.
Vs. Miami on Thursday: Jackie Bradley Jr., Bryce Brentz, Drake Britton, Garin Cecchini, Ryan Lavarnway, Allen Webster, Alex Wilson.
These lists are subject to change. But this is what was posted in the clubhouse this morning.
Good morning. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (1-3)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz followed by RHP Rubby De La Rosa, LHP Andrew Miller, LHP Jose Mijares, RHP Francisco Cordero
Pitching: RHP Chris Archer followed by RHP Mark Lowe, LHP Jake McGee, RHP Nathan Karns, RHP Brad Boxberger, LHP Enny Romero, LHP Mike Montgomery.
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
Notes: This is the first of five spring training meetings between the division rivals. ... Buchholz is making his spring debut. The Red Sox delayed his first start as part of a plan to ease up those pitchers who were relied on in the postseason.