Plan in place for Uehara and Tazawa

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa are scheduled to pitch on Monday against the Pirates at Bradenton. Their second appearance won’t come until much later in the week.

The Sox will be judicious in how they use Uehara and Tazawa after how heavily they were leaned on last season. The plan is to have four or five day breaks between outings and to use them against mostly National League teams.

Uehara appeared in 73 games in the regular season then pitched in 13 of the 16 postseason games. Tazawa was in 71 games and also pitched 13 times in the postseason.


The Red Sox are being even more cautious with lefthander Craig Breslow, who hasn’t started throwing batting practice yet.


• Grady Sizemore, who is making a comeback after missing two seasons with injuries, was 0 for 2 and played three innings in Game 1. He hit the ball hard twice and ran well.

Sizemore was one of the stories of the day and David Ortiz was asked what he thinks when he sees the outfielder.

“He looks all sexy and good looking. What do you want me to tell you?” Ortiz said.

Sizemore hadn’t played in a game since Sept. 22, 2011. See Dan Shaughnessy’s column in the Globe on Friday for more on Sizemore.

• The Red Sox will start their Grapefruit League schedule at home on Friday with a game against the Minnesota Twins. Anthony Ranaudo will start with Dalier Hinojosa, Francisco Cordero and Andrew Miller to follow. The Twins are scheduled to start Mike Pelfrey.

• Red Sox great Dwight Evans, a minor league instructor, arrived at camp.

• There was a moment of silence before the second game for Boston College basketball sports information director Dick Kelley, who passed away of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on Feb. 13. The first pitch for the game was delivered to the mound by former BC baseball captain Pete Frates, who is battling ALS.

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