Sox lineup

FORT MYERS, Fla. — There is great excitement here in Fort Myers, especially among the Japanese media. Daisuke Matsuzaka has returned to spring training, and he will throw his first bullpen under the watchful eye of pitch coach John Farrell in less than an hour. He is expected to throw between 45 and 50 pitches as he readies himself to start on Monday against Atlanta.

Matsuzaka was greated warmly by his teammates, including both a giant hug and pat on the head by Justin Masterson. David Ortiz made sure to stop by and pat Matsuzaka on the shoulder as he walked through the clubhouse.

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But the excitement is not just on the back bullpen. The Cardinals are in town for today’s game, and the lineup is pretty close to what you’ll see on Opening Day.

So here it is…

Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Jason Bay, LF
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Nick Green, SS

Josh Beckett, SP

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