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Final Day of Practice Before Red Sox Give It the Old College Try

Rusney Castillo and Hanley Ramirez pay close attention to David Ortiz’s swing during BP in Red Sox camp. Steve Silva/Boston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Practice? We’re taking about practice?

Yes. But only for one more day.

The Red Sox will take the field this morning for the final time to stretch as a group, participate in drills, and have live batting practice before some actual games begin tomorrow.

On Tuesday, the spring season gets rolling with the annual twin-bill against Northeastern and Boston College.

When the BC Eagles take the field against the Sox tomorrow night, every player — including the Red Sox players as well — will be wearing No. 3 on their back to honor Pete Frates, the former BC captain who continues to battle ALS and who drew worldwide attention for launching the renowned Ice Bucket Challenge.

Courtesy of BC Athletics

The BC uniforms will be replicas of the jerseys worn by the Eagles during Frates’s senior year in 2007 and will be auctioned off after the game online with proceeds to benefit Frates’s No. 3 Fund.


The 30-year-old Frates will not be able to make the trip to Fort Myers due to his ongoing health issues, but his mother Nancy and other members of Team Frate Train will be on hand for ceremonies.

Clay Buchholz — who will end up being the Opening Day starter for the Sox in Philadelphia — will take the hill tomorrow afternoon against the Huskies at 1:05 p.m. and will pitch one inning before Rick Porcello comes in for the next two.

Newly-acquired lefty Wade Miley will get the start in the night game against BC.

The Grapefruit League season gets underway Thursday night when the Red Sox travel down the street to the newly-renovated and expanded Hammond Stadium to take on the Minnesota Twins where Joe Kelly will start for the Sox.

In the JetBlue Park Grapefruit Opener Friday afternoon in Fort Myers, Justin Masterson, Henry Owens, and Koji Uehara will all be taking the mound for the Red Sox.

In the meantime, follow the stream below for all the updates on the last day of practice from The Fort:


Mobile users can check out an optimized version of the live stream here.


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