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Big crowd on hand for the Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 8, 2011 10:13 AM

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FORT MYERS There are about 50 players on the field right now, stretching and getting warmed up. Most of them are minor leaguers, but we spotted a few big-league studs who showed up early.

Jon Lester (wearing black and yellow spikes) threw to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Jonathan Papebon (wearing a t-shrt that said "Doubt Me" on the front) played catch with Felix Doubront.

Others on the field included Rich HIll, Luis Exposito, Daniel Nava, Andrew Miller, Jason Bergmann, Rob Coello and Ryan Kalish. Junichi Tazawa was there as was Ryan Westmoreland.

Less than a year after brain surgery, that Westmoreland is on the field with his teammates is a true testament to his dedication and the skill of his doctors. Nobody knows how far his comeback will get, but his being here is an accomplishment.

(Exclusive cheesy iPhone photo of Jarrod Saltalamacchia)

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