RED SOX (4-2)
Pitching: Tim Wakefield followed by LHP Kris Johnson, RHP Joe Nelson, RHP Fernando Cabrera, RHP Kyle Weiland.
Pitching: RHP Anibal Sanchez followed by RHP Ricky VandenHurk, RHP Brian Sanches, LHP Renyel Pinto.
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
Notes: Wakefield threw two perfect innings against the Twins on Saturday. The 43-year-old, who is coming off back surgery, has had a strong spring so far with no setbacks. ... Today is the first of three games in four days that the Red Sox will play on the east coast of Florida. The team returns to Fort Myers tomorrow to host the Rays then heads back across to play the Mets in Port St. Lucie and the Cardinals in Jupiter. Terry Francona and his coaches will stay overnight on Thursday along with a handful of players.
Back with more later on. Amalie Benjamin is in Jupiter for the game and will have updates from there. I'm in Fort Myers with the players who stayed behind. And don't forget about the live chat today at 2 p.m. on Extra Bases.
UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.: Most of the prominent players on the roster stayed behind at City of Palms Park for a two-hour workout. But Jason Varitek was not among them. The catcher and team captain spent his fifth consecutive day away from the team attending to a family health matter. Francona has told Varitek to stay away as long as he needs to feel comfortable when he does return. Varitek has not appeared in a game all spring outside of the March 3 exhibition against Boston College.
* Hideki Okajima is working on a second change-up — a “fast” change-up — to try and keep left-handed hitters off balance. The adjustment is mainly for hitters within the division who see Okajima the most.
* Daisuke Matsuzaka’s next bullpen session will be tomorrow as he continues his return from a sore back. The plan is for Matsuzaka to face hitters for the first time by the weekend, either in batting practice or a minor-league scrimmage. He remains at least a week away from getting into his first game.
* Left-handed reliever Dustin Richardson, who left Monday’s game with a sore quadriceps muscle, is going to rest for a few days before throwing again. The injury could open the door to veteran Brian Shouse if the Sox decide they want a second lefthander in the bullpen.
* Righthander Jorge Sosa, who missed the first10 days of camp because of visa issues, threw some batting practice and said he felt fine. He is likely to be part of the rotation for Class AAA Pawtucket.