Red Sox Spring Training Delight – 2/23

The Boston Red Sox will officially open up Grapefruit League play this afternoon at 1:35 p.m. when they'll host the a split-squad from the Tampa Bay Rays at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, FL.

The game will be broadcast in the Red Sox television market on NESN and can also be heard on WEEI.

Tampa Bay Rays Boston Red Sox
1. Ben Zobrist RF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Desmond Jennings CF 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Matthew Joyce LF 3. Shane Victorino RF
4. Jack Cust DH 4. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
5. Ryan Roberts 2B 5. Jonny Gomes LF
6. Sean Rodriguez 3B 6. Stephen Drew SS
7. Shelley Duncan 1B 7. Will Middlebrooks 3B
8. Jose Lobaton C 8. Lyle Overbay 1B
9. Hak-Ju Lee SS 9. Ryan Sweeney DH
Alex Colome SP John Lackey SP

Lackey will be followed by LHP Drake Britton, RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Anthony Carter, RHP Jose De La Torre, RHP Oscar Villarreal, RHP Alex Wilson and RHP Steven Wright.

Colome will be followed by Mike Montgomery, Brandon Gomes, Josh Lueke, Felipe Rivero, Matt Buschmann and Neil Schenk.

To see the overnight links from the local media, please click on the continue reading button below if you're on the home page.

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Knuckleballer in Wright spot [boston herald]

Ortiz taking time to get in games [boston herald]

Farrell: Saturday 'significant day' for Lackey [rob bradford -]

Pedro: De La Rosa has chance to be 'special' [rob bradford -]

Mike Carp reports to camp, ready to compete for job with Red Sox [clubhouse insider]

Bogaerts, Bradley show exciting 'glimpse into the future' [csn new england]

Lackey set to make long-awaited return [espn boston]

Friday's takeaways: Encouraging signs [espn boston]

Morning report: Nava time at first [espn boston]

Former Sox: Where are they now? [espn boston]

Farrell quick hits from Saturday morning [espn boston]

Breslow (shoulder) making progress [espn boston]

Sweeney keen on redemption [espn boston]

Buchholz feels good after simulated game [espn boston]

Look out, alligators [extra bases]

Larry Bird and his influence on the Red Sox today [extra bases]

Yankees: You bet we're evil [extra bases]

Buchholz throws 37 pitches [extra bases]

Pedro Martinez: Rubby De La Rosa has chance to be ‘someone special’ [full count]

Red Sox Saturday morning notes: Clay Buchholz throws 37 pitches in simulated game [full count]

Clay Buchholz: ‘No restrictions’ in simulated game as hamstring comes through fine [full count]

Report: Red Sox Sign Left-Hander Matt Maloney, Who Was Once Traded for Kyle Lohse []

Trags Bag: 10 things we’ve learned so far about Red Sox [mike petraglia -]

Buchholz throws 37-pitch simulated game [mike petraglia -]

Red Sox-Rays: Things to Which One Could Pay Attention [projo sox blog]

The Adventures of Ellsbury ‘n’ Elf: Total Recall, Red Sox Style [surviving grady]

Unconventional preview: Red Sox [touching all the bases]

For more slices of Red Sox goodness, head over to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, CSN New EnglandESPN Boston, NESN, Providence Journal, and WEEI websites.

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