Sending Mike Lowell out in style

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.

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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.