Here are the lineups for today’s game:
RED SOX (3-2)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett followed by RHP Jonathan Papelbon, LHP Hideki Okajima, LHP Dustin Richardson, RHP Ramon Ramirez, RHP Manny Delcarmen.
Pitching: RHP Chris Carpenter followed by RHP Pete Parise, RHP Jason Mottte, LHP Trever Miller, RHP Charlie Zink.
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
Notes: Beckett allowed one run over two innnings against Minnesota on Wednesday. … Charlie Zink, who is trying to make the Cardinals, was 6-15, 5.59 for Class AAA Pawtucket last season.
Back with plenty more later on.
UPDATE, 9:15 a.m.: No sign yet of Jason Varitek, who has been excused to deal with a family issue. … Tim Wakefield starts tomorrow in Jupiter and Jon Lester on Wednesday back here.
UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: Matsuzaka’s bullpen is likely to be pushed to Wednesday for logistical reasons. … OF Zach Daeges (lat strain) was sent back to minor league camp as he’s not able to play.
UPDATE, 10:55 a.m.: Mark McGwire just signed for fans for 10 minutes or so. The Cardinals are loving his work as the hitting coach.
UPDATE, 12:12 p.m.: Because of the game we’ll bump our weekly live chat to tomorrow at 2 p.m.
UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: Two of the greats, Carl Yastrzemski and Dwight Evans, have arrived in Fort Myers and were over the minor league complex this morning working with young players.