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Sending Mike Lowell out in style

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 12, 2011 02:03 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Many of the Red Sox are headed across the state to Miami Beach to attend a retirement party for Mike Lowell tonight.

Miami Beach is roughly a three-hour drive from here, so most of the guys will probably spend the night there before heading back. Lowell was a popular guy in the clubhouse and it's safe to say this shindig will draw a big crowd.

Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow. But "report" is loosely defined. Basically being somewhere in the vicinity is enough. The first actual workout isn't until Tuesday.

The complex was nearly a ghost town today. Jon Lester threw a bullpen. Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis played catch. Tim Wakefield arrived and chucked it back and forth with Clay Buchholz for a while. Daniel Bard, Scott Atchison, Brandon Duckworth and Tony Pena Jr. also got some work in.

Beyond that, not much happened.

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