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Exhibition Game 2: Red Sox at Twins


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Here are the lineups:

Red Sox (1-0)
Mike Cameron CF
Bill Hall RF
Victor Martinez C
J.D. Drew DH
Jed Lowrie 2B
Lars Anderson 1B
Ryan Kalish LF
Yamaico Navarro 3B
Jose Iglesias SS

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester followed by Tim Wakefield, Fernando Cabrera, Dustin Richardson, Ramon A. Ramirez, Robert Manuel and Randor Bierd.

Twins (0-1)
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Jim Thome DH
Delmon Young LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Danny Valencia 3B

Pitching: RHP Carl Pavano followed by Matt Guerrier, Clay Condrey, Jon Rauch, Rob Delaney, Alex Burnett and Anthony Slama.

Game time: 1:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: None.

Notes: The Sox are back at it against the Twins after winning 2-1 last night. The teams will play again tomorrow back at City of Palms Park. … The Sox have a workout at City of Palms this morning and will take BP at home before boarding a bus for the short ride over to Hammond Stadium on the other side of town. … Mike Cameron is making his debut for the Sox after missing a few days with a slight groin pull on his left side. J.D. Drew will DH. He is being used cautiously as he overcomes surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

Daisuke Matsuzaka will throw his first bullpen session of the spring later on this morning. He was shut down for 10 days with a sore upper back and since then has been gradually working his way back with daily throwing sessions. This will be his first time to actually pitch. It will be another 7-10 days before Dice-K is ready for a game. Check back later for a report on how that went. We’re hoping to speak to Matsuzaka and John Farrell about it.


That’s it for now. Stay with Extra Bases all day for updates.

UPDATE, 9:54 a.m.: We just spoke to Terry Francona. Mike Lowell asked about playing Wednesday but the manager thinks that could be too soon. He spoke a little about watching Jed Lowrie regain confidence in his wrist. It’s an ongoing process.

On an amusing note, Francona revealed that he appears in some overhead shots in the movie “Major League.” But he didn’t get paid.

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.: Just watched Matsuzaka throw his bullpen. Only it really wasn’t one. Of the 53 pitches he threw, only the final 12 were when the catcher was squatting. He’s at least 10 days from a game, probably more. The first 20 were with the catcher standing then 21 with him kneeling.

UPDATE, 9:54 a.m.: John Farrell just said the throwing session went well and that Dice-K is making progress. But the first full-fledged bullpen won’t be until Sunday.

At best, he will get in a game around March 17. Given that starters need 25 innings to get ready, Matsuzaka will be DL Dice-K again. It could be a while before he pitches in the regular season, maybe two or three weeks.

UPDATE, 12:34 p.m.: OK, we have arrived at Hammond Stadium after watching Matsuzaka’s bullpen across town at City of Palms Park. Big crowd here for the Twins’ home opener. Joe Mauer just got a huge hand when introduced.

The Sox have three extra players with them: RHP T.J. Lange, RHP Scott Patterson and INF Ryan Khoury.

We’ll have inning-by-inning updates on the blog during the game.


UPDATE, 12:38 p.m.: Here are some comments from Daisuke Matsuzaka on his bullpen session:

How did you feel? “Not just today but I think this whole time since I’ve gone back to throwing, I’ve felt great.”

How soon would you like to pitch in a game here? “That’s not really my decision, so I’m just going to try to keep throwing and try to communicate well with the manager and with the coaches and see what they decide.”

Unhappy at all with potentially not being ready to start the season, given
all the work you did in the offseason?
“I think whatever has happened is really ultimately my responsibility. It might be the case that I won’t be ready quite for Opening Day, but my goal is always to be as ready as quickly as possible.”

Any chance you might be ready by Opening Day? “I think we’ll just have to see how it goes. If I can stay on track, maybe. But it’s tough to say.”

Farrell said you look more like you did in ’07. Is that how you feel? “I think, for me, as far as I’m concerned, as far as I can feel, I might even be even better, in a better spot than I was back then.”

This was your first time throwing with the catcher crouched down. How did
it feel?
“I didn’t throw a lot of pitches but I felt that I had both good command
and good life on the ball.”

Thanks to Amalie Benjamin, who got the comments from Dice-K.


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