We’ve got the pitching plan for the first few Grapefruit League games along with other news and notes from Fort Myers, courtesy of the Red Sox. The information below was offered in a press release by the Red Sox:
Tomorrow night’s probable pitchers when the Sox take on the Minnesota Twins at City of Palms Park (7:05 p.m., NESN and WRKO): Red Sox—Curt Schilling, Joel Pineiro, Brendan Donnelly, Julian Tavarez, Manny Delcarmen, J.C. Romero, Bryan Corey, and Renelvys Hernandez. Twins—Matt Garza, Scott Baker, Brad Voyles, Julio DePaula, and Jason Miller.
Thursday’s probable pitchers: Two games: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays at Dunedin (1:05 p.m.): Red Sox—Kason Gabbard, Devern Hansack, Travis Hughes, Javier Lopez, Edgar Martinez, and David Pauley. Blue Jays—Roy Halladay. Red Sox vs. Northeastern University at City of Palms Park (1:05 p.m.)—Red Sox—Josh Beckett and Craig Breslow.
Friday’s probable pitchers: Split doubleheader at City of Palms Park: Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays (12:35 p.m.): Red Sox—Kyle Snyder, Renelvys Hernandez, Brendan Donnelly, Hideki Okajima, Bryan Corey, Mike Burns. Blue Jays—Gustavo Chacin. Red Sox vs. Boston College (6:05 p.m., NESN (6:00-7:00 p.m. only) and WRKO): Red Sox—Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kyle Jackson, and Nick Debarr.
Saturday’s probable pitchers: Red Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies at City of Palms Park (1:05 p.m., NESN): Red Sox—Tim Wakefield, Jonathan Papelbon, Joel Pineiro, J.C. Romero, Manny Delcarmen, and Travis Hughes. Philies—Adam Eaton, Brian Mazone, Geoff Geary, Eude Brito, and Matt Smith.
More news and notes: Righthanded pitcher Adam Bernero will have his right elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. Lefthanded pitcher Abe Alvarez has returned to his home in California due to a family situation. It is not known when he will rejoin the club. Wilbur “Billy” Smith, the Mayor of Fort Myers when the Red Sox played their inaugural game at City of Palms Park in 1993, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday night. The Red Sox were 1-4 vs. Minnesota in 2006 spring training action, 1-1 at City of Palms Park.