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Getting a head start to the season

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 11, 2010 12:13 AM

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Baseball is being played on Edison Ave. in Fort Myers. Well, guys are playing catch and taking BP at least.

Roughly 50 players have already turned out at the Red Sox minor league complex, the vast majority of them minor leaguers looking to make a good impression. But Jon Lester, Kevin Youkilis, Jonathan Papelbon and Manny Delcarmen are already in camp and getting some work in.

More players will follow, probably the bulk after the weekend, leading up to the Feb. 18 report date for pitchers and catchers.

My sources tell me that every player is in the best shape of their lives, excited about the season and confident in the team's chances.

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If you're headed to Florida, keep in mind that there is no public parking at the complex once the official workouts start. The Sox are running shuttle buses from City of Palms Park for $2 round-trip. That service starts Feb. 20.

If you want to tour City of Palms Park, those start Feb. 18. Tickets remain available for exhibition games as well. Call 888-733-7696.

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