Red Sox Spring Training Delight – 3/2

 Infielder Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox tosses the ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at JetBlue Park on March 1, 2013 in Fort Myers, Florida.

Mike Napoli made his Boston Red Sox spring training debut on Friday night and by all accounts things went fine.

It was actually pretty funny that he was tested in every way possible during the first inning. Almost like it was scripted.

Napoli was tested by the Pittsburgh Pirates first batter of the game, Darren Ford, who pushed a bunt down the line. Napoli was able to scoop it up and beat him to bag.

In the bottom half of the inning, he singled off Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke. Then he went first to third on a Stephen Drew double. Next up was scoring on a wild pitch by Locke.

So if we were worried about Napoli's running ability due to his hip condition, I don't think we need to worry right now.

Today, the Red Sox make the short trip across Ft. Myers to take on their crosstown rivals the Minnesota Twins in the first game of the coveted Mayor's Cup.

First pitch is schedule for 1:05 p.m. and you can listen to the game on WEEI Radio Network. If you have the MLB At-Bat app or a RSN membership, you'll be able to listen to the game using the GameDay audio feature.

Boston Red Sox Minnesota Twins
1. Shane Victorino RF 1. Joe Benson CF
2. Ryan Sweeney LF 2. Jamey Carroll 2B
3. Will Middlebrooks 3B 3. Joe Mauer C
4. Lyle Overbay 1B 4. Justin Morneau 1B
5. J.C. Linares DH 5. Josh Willingham LF
6. Mitch Maier CF 6. Ryan Doumit DH
7. Chris Parmelee C 7. Dan Butler RF
8. Jose Iglesias 1B 8. Eduardo Escobar 3B
9. Jonathan Diaz 2B 9. Pedro Florimon SS
Clay Buchholz SP Kyle Gibson SP

Buchholz will be followed by Alfredo Aceves (three innings), Clayton Mortensen, Allen Webster, Jose De La Torre and Anthony Carter.

Gibson will be followed by LHP Glen Perkins. RHP Jared Burton, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP P.J. Walters and RHP Deolis Guerra.

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Get ready for Jackie Bradley [boston herald]

Farrell family affair [boston herald]

Rubby looking like gem [boston herald]

Ortiz to be ready to play next weekend? [clubhouse insider]

Another strong Grapefruit League outing for Lester [csn new england]

Farrell on how he he'll change culture in Sox clubhouse [csn new england]

Napoli tested right away in Red Sox's debut [csn new england]

Notebook: De La Rosa impressive again [csn new england]

Will Middlebrooks back in starting lineup following wrist scare [csn new england]

Red Sox notes: Buchholz scheduled to go two innings [csn new england]

Takeaways: Sox 5, Bucs 2; Napoli A-OK [espn boston]

Smooth debut for Napoli [espn boston]

Sox will stick to gradual plan for De La Rosa [espn boston]

Quick hits: Ortiz to run bases, slated to play end of week [espn boston]

A busy first night for Mike Napoli [extra bases]

De La Rosa dominant, but he's not ready yet [extra bases]

Red Sox coverage in today's Globe [extra bases]

Salty (lower back) gets another day off [extra bases]

Mike Napoli gets tested immediately — and passes [full count]

Jon Lester impresses, Rubby De La Rosa dazzles, Mike Napoli returns as Red Sox yield Pirates no booty [full count]

Daniel Bard’s appearance pushed back [full count]

John Farrell sees the difference in Jon Lester from a year ago [full count]

John Farrell: Rubby De La Rosa will open 2013 in the minors [full count]

David Ortiz may be ready to play by the end of next week [full count]

Mike Napoli Passes All Tests in Spring Debut, Veteran’s Comfort Level Very Encouraging [nesn.com]

Mike Napoli Tested Early at First Base, Credits Work on Back Fields for Comfort on Defense (Video) [nesn.com]

Rubby De La Rosa Shouldn’t Get Too Comfortable in Minors, As Young Right-Hander Is Proving He’s Big League-Ready [nesn.com]

Red Sox pitching schedule through Thursday [projo sox blog]

De La Rosa impressive, but still likely bound for minors [projo sox blog]

Fortnotes*: Lester solid again, De La Rosa sensational again, Napoli's eventful debut [projo sox blog]

Mauer, Morneau both have gone through what Napoli is going through in learning to play first base [projo sox blog]

John Farrell and sacrifice bunts [projo sox blog]

De La Rosa an early standout in camp [redsox.com]

Farrell already sees a difference in Lester [redsox.com]

Middlebrooks gets another day to rest wrist [redsox.com]

Buchholz set for Saturday debut against Twins [redsox.com]

Aceves has been 'model citizen' in camp [redsox.com]

Brentz could see action with Red Sox this spring [redsox.com]

Breslow to start throwing program on Saturday [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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