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Red Sox officially set their roster

Here is the e-mail that came at (I kid you not) 12:49 a.m.:

BOSTON, MA — The Boston Red Sox set their 2010 Opening Day 25-man roster by selecting lefthanded pitcher Scott Schoeneweis to the active Major League roster and placing righthanded pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka (15-day with a neck strain) and Junichi Tazawa (60-day with right elbow surgery) on the disabled list. Tazawa is scheduled to undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) on his right elbow April 6.

Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.

The 2010 Opening Day roster includes 12 pitchers, 2 catchers, 7 infielders, and 4 outfielders. Four players will begin the season on the disabled list (righthanders Boof Bonser, Matsuzaka, and Tazawa, and infielder Jed Lowrie).

The Red Sox open their 110th season at home against the New York Yankees Sunday evening at 8:09 p.m. as part of Major League Baseball’s season opener. Boston will start righthanded pitcher Josh Beckett with lefthander CC Sabathia taking the mound for the Yankees.

The Red Sox’ 2010 Opening Day Roster:

PITCHERS (12): Scott Atchison, Daniel Bard, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Manny Delcarmen, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Hideki Okajima, Jonathan Papelbon, Ramon Ramirez, Scott Schoeneweis, Tim Wakefield

CATCHERS (2): Victor Martinez, Jason Varitek

INFIELDERS (7): Adrian Beltre, Bill Hall, Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Marco Scutaro, Kevin Youkilis

OUTFIELDERS (4): Mike Cameron, J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jeremy Hermida

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So there you have it. Stay with Extra Bases all day for posts leading up to the game and plenty of coverage of the entire night at Fenway.

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