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Sox wrap up their stay at the complex

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The Red Sox wrapped up their stay at the Player Development Complex today with a short, rain-swept workout.

But the skies cleared in time for the pitchers who were scheduled to throw today to get their work in. Tim Wakefield, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daniel Bard, Jonathan Papelbon and Hideki Okajima were among those throwing.

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The only the Sox couldn’t do were the sliding drills scheduled for the position players. Now those will be tomorrow morning before the Northeastern game.

Not much else to report today. Mike Cameron likely won’t play until Friday at the earliest. But he was taking batting practice today, a sign his groin strain is not serious.

The day ended with Tim Wakefield graciously giving a pitching lesson to 18-year-old Eri Yoshida, the Japanese girl who throws a sidearm knuckleball.

Yoshida has played in independent leagues in Japan and Arizona.”I was impressed,” Wakefield said. “For the most part it was very good.”

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Yoshida said she was nervous to meet Wakefield, who she watched on video to learn the pitch. “I told him I want to be a pitcher just like he is,” she said.

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