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Exhibition Game 1: Twins at Red Sox

Here are the lineups:

Red Sox (0-0)
Ellsbury LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Beltre 3B
Scutaro SS
Hermida RF
Reddick CF
Brown C

Pitching: Josh Beckett followed by Jonathan Papelbon, Hideki Okajima, Daniel Bard, Ramon Ramirez, Brian Shouse, Scott Atchison and Joe Nelson.

Twins (0-0)
Span CF
Casilia 2B
Kubel DH
Cuddyer RF
Jones LF
Harris 3B
Peterson 1B
Butera C
Tolbert SS

Pitching: Nick Blackburn followed by Kevin Slowey, Pat Neshek, Mike Maroth, Deolis Guerra, Jose Lugo and Kyle Waldrop.

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: WEEI.

Notes: It’s the first game of the Mayor’s Cup chase as the two teams based in Fort Myers meet in the first of what will be seven meetings this spring. Then the teams play three games in Minnesota from April 12-15. The Sox are at the Twins tomorrow afternoon. … Back in a bit with some notes from the clubhouse.


UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Mike Cameron feels fine and will be in CF tomorrow. … Casey Fien, claimed the other day from Detroit, is gone. He was apparently claimed by another team. Details to come.

UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: Casey Fien was claimed by the Blue Jays. I’m trying to figure out why he was on waivers again after the Sox had claimed him two days prior. I’m sure there is some explanation. At any rate, the 40-man roster is at 39.

UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: Remember last September when Price Fielder did that orchestrated “bowling pin” celebration at the plate after homering against the Giants? Barry Zito just drilled him in an exhibition game. Baseball justice takes time but the offended never forget.


UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Just watched Mike Lowell take grounders at third base. He’s now taking BP in the cage. Francona said he doesn’t know when Lowell will play in his first game but it doesn’t sound like it will be any time soon. Meanwhile, Lowell was excused from Saturday’s work to travel to Tampa to work with a therapist who will try and improve the range of motion in his hip.

A few other updates: Beckett could pitch two innings tonight. He’s also the scheduled starter for Monday. … Casey Kelly will pitch in relief on Sunday against Baltimore in Sarasota, his hometown. Francona said he didn’t know for sure that John Farrell set it up that way on purpose but he suspects he did. … J.D. Drew will make his spring debut tomorrow as the DH against the Twins.


UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Boof Bonser isn’t pitching tonight and doesn’t have to hang around. But the former Twin was eager to see his old teammates. “I’ll be on the top step (of the dugout) screaming at them,” he said. “It’ll be fun.” Bonser pitched well last night and said he woke up with his right shoulder feeling fine.

UPDATE, 5:58 p.m.: The game tonight is sold out. He interesting to see how many seats are taken given that it’s 58 now and will get colder. … Francona on young shortstop Jose Iglesias: “It’s apparent real quickly how good a kid he is. But he’s learning and the faster he learns, the better. But when you tell him something once, he gets it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a lot to learn. He’s 20. He hasn’t been through this, he has no experience in professional baseball.”


UPDATE, 6:04 p.m.: Francona on how quickly Jose Iglesias has learned English: “He said he watches a ton of TV. So do I, doesn’t help.”

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