Red Sox Spring Training Delight – 3/20

It’s hard to tell you my thoughts of yesterday’s game when it wasn’t on the television or radio. But I can tell you that we are getting down to the final weeks of spring training which means the roster will start to take a little more shape.

So rather than rehash what you already know, let’s move on to tonight’s game.

After falling to the Minnesota Twins 8-4 in the Mayor’s Cup yesterday, the Boston Red Sox will host former pitching coach John Farrell and his Toronto Blue Jays squad tonight at JetBlue Park.

First pitch for the game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast in the Red Sox television market on NESN. The game will also be broadcast in most of the country on the MLB Network. You can also listen to the game on radio dial in the Boston area on WEEI 93.7 FM/850 AM.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Toronto Blue Jays Boston Red Sox
1. Kelly Johnson 2B 1. Nick Punto 3B
2. Yunel Escobar SS 2. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
3. Jose Bautista RF 3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
4. Marcus Thames LF 4. David Ortiz DH
5. Edwin Encarnacion 3B 5. Cody Ross LF
6. Colby Rasmus CF 6. Ryan Sweeney RF
7. Travis Snider DH 7. Mike Aviles SS
8. David Cooper 1B 8. Kelly Shoppach C
9. Jeff Mathis C 9. Nate Spears 1B
Aaron Laffey SP Daniel Bard SP

Bard followed by LHP Andrew Miller, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Michael Bowden.

Laffey followed by RHP Andrew Carpenter, RHP Robert Coello, RHP Jesse Chavez.

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Beyond the opening acts: Why Buchholz holds key to Red Sox rotation [Alex Speier - WEEI.com]

Ace backs Lester’s start [Boston Globe]

Pitching plans are in the works [Boston Globe]

Andrew Bailey changes tune [Boston Herald]

Mentors played key roles for Sox [Boston Herald]

Doubront performance earns mixed reviews [Boston Herald]

Jon Lester first for starters [Boston Herald]

Video: Who will take the 5th? Red Sox weigh final rotation spot [Clubhouse Insider]

Right-hander Vicente Padilla slowed after tweaking hamstring [Clubhouse Insider]

Rich Hill getting closer to pitching in spring-training game [Clubhouse Insider]

Lester ‘honored’ to be named Opening Day starter [CSN New England]

Iglesias shows another defensive flash of brilliance [CSN New England]

Red Sox’ end of rotation still a cloudy situation [CSN New England]

Hill satisfied with progress during spring training [CSN New England]

Red Sox Bullpen Will Likely Take Shape After Competition for Fifth Spot in Rotation is Settled [Don Orsillo - NESN.com]

Takeaways from Fort: Jabs from Bobby V. [ESPN Boston]

Valentine leaves tickets for Belichick [ESPN Boston]

Padilla strains hamstring in weight room [ESPN Boston]

Hot-corner hotshots [ESPN Boston]

More random thoughts from spring training [Extra Bases]

Melancon trying to work on secondary pitches [Extra Bases]

Padilla nursing hamstring [Extra Bases]

Daniel Bard on critics: ‘They’re entitled to their opinion’ [Full Count]

Andrew Miller is leaving the windup behind (for now) [Full Count]

Why Brandon Morrow suggests Daniel Bard could be a two-year project [Full Count]

Bobby Valentine, Ben Cherington Encouraged As Daisuke Matsuzaka Throws First Live Batting Practice [NESN.com]

Andrew Bailey, Ryan Sweeney Sing Karaoke, Perform ‘Sexy and I Know It’ at Red Sox Team Dinner (Video) [NESN.com]

Mark Melancon Experimenting With New Vulcan Changeup, Says Progress Is Coming After Monday’s Struggles [NESN.com]

Bobby Valentine Plans to Have Answers to Pitching Questions Shortly [NESN.com]

Valentine: Rotation, bullpen decisions “forthcoming” [Projo Sox Blog]

Saltalamacchia aiming high in terms of playing time [Projo Sox Blog]

Rough outing part of the progression for Melancon [Projo Sox Blog]

Torey Lovullo learned plenty from failed bid for Red Sox manager [Projo Sox Blog]

A variety of factors could influence Aceves-Doubront decision [Projo Sox Blog]

Shortstop Iglesias returns to action for Red Sox [RedSox.com]

Valentine about ready to trim pitching staff [RedSox.com]

Brentz values lessons from early struggles [RedSox.com]

Fenway Park still endures after 100 years [RedSox.com]

Tim Wakefield, Movie Star: An Interview with the Directors of “Knuckleball!” [Surviving Grady]

Owens using size to advantage as he adjusts to professional hitters [SoxProspects.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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