It’s a split-squad day and here are the two lineups the Red Sox have assembled:
RED SOX vs. ASTROS
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester followed by RHP Jonathan Papelbon, LHP Hideki Okajima, RHP Ramon Ramirez, RHP Daniel Bard.
RED SOX at BLUE JAYS
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront.
BLUE JAYS (9-6)
Game times: 1:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: The Houston game will be on NESN and WEEI.
Notes: The Astros are starting RHP Chris Sampson; the Blue Jays are starting RHP Shaun Marcum. … The Sox are 9-8 and after today will have only 15 exhibition games remaining before Opening Day. … Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to throw two innings in a minor-league scrimmage at the complex down Edison Ave. at 11 a.m. … The Red Sox also have a split-squad doubleheader tomorrow with a home game against Tampa Bay and a second game against the Cardinals in Jupiter. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will be managing both of the away games.
Back with much more later on.
UPDATE, 9:10 a.m.: The Marlins have decided to offer Rule 5 Draft pick Jorge Jiminez back to the Red Sox. It would the Sox $25,000 to get him back, half what they were paid when he was taken.
UPDATE, 9:20 a.m.: Good piece today by Joel Sherman of the Post on whether the Red Sox can trade for Adrian Gonzalez.
UPDATE, 10:24 a.m.: Matsuzaka would pitch in relief of Tim Wakefield on Thursday if he gets through today OK. … Francona is not too concerned with Ramon Ramirez despite his 13.50 ERA this spring. This is based on what he did last season and that he’s healthy. … Francona again had praise for Boof Bonser, who is making a better than expected comeback from shoulder surgery.