Red Sox Spring Training Delight – 3/18

Clay Buchholz (L), Matt Moore (R)

After splitting their split-squad doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, the Boston Red Sox head north up I-75 for a Grapefruit League matchup with their AL East rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays.

First pitch this afternoon is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast in the Red Sox television market on NESN. If you can’t get to your television, the game will also be broadcast on your radio at 93.7 WEEI/850 AM. If you live in the Rays television market you can catch the game on Sun Sports. The game will also be broadcast nationally on the MLB Network.

Here are your lineups for this afternoon’s game:

Boston Red Sox Tampa Bay Rays
1. Mike Aviles SS 1. Desmond Jennings LF
2. Nick Punto 2B 2. Luke Scott DH
3. Cody Ross RF 3. Ben Zobrist 2B
4. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 4. Evan Longoria 3B
5. Josh Kroeger DH 5. Carlos Pena 1B
6. Lars Anderson 1B 6. Jeff Keppinger SS
7. Jason Repko CF 7. Matthew Joyce RF
8. Nate Spears 3B 8. Jose Molina C
9. Alex Hassan LF 9. Sam Fuld CF
Clay Buchholz SP Matt Moore SP

Buchholz will be followed by RHP Vicente Padilla, LHP Justin Thomas, RHP Scott Atchison and LHP Jesse Carlson.

Moore will be followed by RHP Kyle Farnsworth, RHP Josh Lueke amd LHP Cesar Ramos.

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Pitchers steel themselves to new approach [Boston Globe]

Cook’s prospects should rise as his pitches sink [Boston Globe]

Lucchino close to new deal with Sox [Boston Globe]

Just kidding, Yankees [Boston Herald]

O’s Adam Jones: Kevin Youkilis left big hole in ’11 [Boston Herald]

Putting Josh Beckett on edge [Boston Herald]

Sox’ villain the blank [Boston Herald]

Joe Maddon’s advice for Red Sox fans: Beware of Kelly Shoppach [Clubhouse Insider]

Majors or minors? Red Sox weighing what’s best for Ryan Lavarnway [Clubhouse Insider]

Beckett keeping runners in check [CSN New England]

Cook still battling for roster spot [CSN New England]

Red Sox release Carlos Silva [CSN New England]

Sox cut Silva; Beckett, Cook look good [ESPN Boston]

GM Ben Cherington discusses shape of 2012 Red Sox [Full Count]

The Zen of Joe Maddon: Talking Kelly Shoppach, Matt Moore and a little John Lackey [Full Count]

Chris Carpenter Acquired From Cubs for Theo Epstein Not the Same Chris Carpenter Who Pitches for Cardinals [NESN.com]

Jenny Dell Striving to Achieve Her Goals, Just As Red Sox Players Are This Season [NESN.com]

Josh Beckett Throws To Kelly Shoppach Once Again, Continues to Adapt to Different Catchers [NESN.com]

Josh Beckett gradually building up [Projo Sox Blog]

Aaron Cook a step behind but trying to catch up [Projo Sox Blog]

Stolmy Pimentel optioned to Double-A Portland [Projo Sox Blog]

Lavarnway doesn’t have inside track on a roster spot [Projo Sox Blog]

Maddon on Lackey: “Boston has not seen the best of John yet” [Full Count]

Beckett says everything progressing as it should [RedSox.com]

Cook ‘pretty happy’ with outing, progress [RedSox.com]

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

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