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Notes from the optional workout

The Red Sox are getting in one final workout at Fenway Park, some optional batting practice and some side sessions for several pitchers, which took less than a half hour before the team came off the field at 1:30 p.m. They’ll leave the park for the airport at about 3:15, and they should land in California some time around 7 p.m. West Coast time.

The players in attendance here are Nick Green, Jed Lowrie, Brian Anderson, Casey Kotchman, Jason Bay, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, Tim Wakefield, Jacoby Ellsbury, Billy Wagner, George Kottaras, Manny Delcarmen, Takashi Saito, and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Green still is having difficulty with his back, though he said he was better, but “not good enough to play.”


The rest of the team appears eager to get out of Boston and to Anaheim, Calif. They were simply playing out the string in the regular season, and now the true fun begins.

“This is kind of where it starts,” Jason Bay said. “I think everyone’s aware of that, but once we get to Anaheim, start working out, it will kick in a little bit more. But, yeah, you work your butt off from February to this point, ultimately on a game-to-game basis now.”

Dustin Pedroia echoed the sentiment, saying, “We like our chances. We were one game away from going to the World Series last year with the same team, then add Victor [Martinez] and [Alex Gonzalez], so we’re pretty excited about everything.”


By the way, in case there was any question, the Daily News reported that CC Sabathia was told by Joe Girardi that he would be starting on Wednesday. So, as we’ve been expecting, that would mean that the Sox and Angels would have Series B, the Thursday-Friday series in Anaheim.

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