Big day for the kids at City of Palms Park

The little moments are the coolest ones sometimes.

As Jose Iglesias was speaking to reporters this afternoon about his home run, Mike Cameron walked by and caught his eye.

“Viva Cuba!” Cameron said with a smile.

Iglesias was saying at the time how much the Red Sox feel like a second family to him and the pride he felt in helping them win even a spring training game.

“He’s a good kid,” Cameron said. “We all like him.”

Neat game today if you like following the kids. Iglesias gives the Sox the lead in the 8th and then when they lose it, Josh Reddick and Che-Hsuan Lin get it right back.


Lin was smiling afterward, telling me in a combination of English and translated Chinese that he was looking for a pitch he could handle. “That was fun,” he said in English.

Every scout I talked to about Lin said roughly the same thing: Great glove, we’re not sure about the bat. But he is 3 for 9 counting the BC game and seems to square up everything. I can remember at least three outs on line drives.

Yes, a ridiculously small sample size and who knows what happens when scouting reports detail his weaknesses. But he’s not another Rey Ordonez.

A few notes for you:

* Jason Varitek missed his third day of camp, having been granted permission to attend to a family health issue. There is a chance Varitek will rejoin the team tomorrow.

* The Red Sox signed 13 players to one-year deals including Jacoby Ellsbury ($496,500), Clay Buchholz ($443,000) and Daniel Bard ($415,500). Players with fewer than three years in the majors have little choice but to accept the contract offered. Teams pay over the $400,000 minimum based largely on accumulated service time.

The other deals: Jed Lowrie ($434,000), Tug Hulett ($403,500), Ramon A. Ramirez ($403,000), Josh Reddick ($403,000), Michael Bowden ($402,000), Dusty Brown ($402,000), Aaron Bates ($401,000), Dustin Richardson ($401,000), Felix Doubront ($400,000) and Mark Wagner ($400,000).


* Starting tomorrow, the Red Sox will play three of their next four games on the east coast of Florida. Those making the three-hour bus ride to Jupiter today to face Florida include Tim Wakefield, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie and former Marlin Jeremy Hermida. The game tomorrow is sold out, although 200 berm seats will go on sale at 9 a.m.

* Carl Yastrzemski and Dewey Evans, were at the minor league complex today working with prospects.

* With pitching coach John Farrell on the road trip tomorrow Daisuke Matsuzaka had his next bullpen session pushed back to Wednesday.

* Left-handed reliever Dustin Richardson left the game in the eighth inning with what was termed a “fatigued” quadriceps. His workload will be cut down until he feels stronger. “It was effecting his delivery so we got him out of there,” Francona said.

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