The Red Sox wrap up their Grapefruit League schedule today at Hammond Stadium against the Twins. They're working out right now at City of Palms Park, everything in the clubhouse packed away in bags and cardboard boxes. The Sox will head straight from Hammond to Southwest Florida International Airport.
While he was cramming some cleats into a bag this morning, Jed Lowrie turned to Dustin Pedroia and proudly showed a pair Eastons with his name and number stitched into the side. "Oh, [expletive]!" Pedroia said. "Jed Lowrie model specialis!"
As he stuffed bats in a black bag, Pedroia waxed about his days at Arizona State using a metal bat. Fielders "feared for their lives," when Pedroia was at the plate with his DeMarini long handle, he said. "Third basemen were playing shallow left. Ask Jacoby. I almost ripped his [expletive] arm off."
A few lockers down, Ellsbury, Pedroia's rival at Oregon State, laughed and said the Beavers never lost to the Sun Devils when their time overlapped. He gave a what-are-you-going-to-do-with-this-guy shrug.
Anyway, here's the final Florida lineup of the spring.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Mike Lowell, 3B
8. Jed Lowrie, SS
9. Jason Varitek, C
-- Brad Penny, SP
Francona also said no matter how well Penny throws today, the team would wait a day or so to determine if Penny will start April 12 against the Los Angeles Angels, the first game the Sox need a fifth starter.