Red Sox Spring Training Delight – 3/22

After falling yesterday to the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5, the Boston Red Sox return home to Fenway South to host their AL East rivals, the New York Yankees, in Grapefruit League action.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Yankees television market, you can catch the game on YES. For those who you don’t live in either market, you’re in luck as ESPN will have coverage of the game. Former Sox skipper Terry Francona will join Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser in the booth for ESPN. And if you can’t watch the game, WRKO 680 AM will have radio coverage.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
1. Brett Gardner LF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Curtis Granderson CF 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Andruw Jones RF 3. Kevin Youkilis 3B
4. Eric Chavez 3B 4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Raul Ibanez DH 5. David Ortiz DH
6. Brandon Laird 3B 6. Cody Ross LF
7. Jose Gil C 7. Ryan Sweeney RF
8. Ramiro Pena 2B 8. Kelly Shoppach C
9. Doug Bernier SS 9. Mike Aviles SS
Adam Warren SP Aaron Cook SP

Cook will be followed by RHP Ross Ohlendorf, LHP Jesse Carlson, RHP Scott Atchison and RHP Chris Carpenter.

The following pitchers are available for the Yankees in tonight’s game after Warren: Cory Wade, Dellin Betances, Juan Cedeno, D.J. Mitchell, George Kontos, Mike O’Connor, Philip Wetherell, Pat Venditte, Craig Heyer, Aaron Dott, Zach Varce.

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Daniel Bard on undecided role: ‘My mind is still fully on starting’ [Clubhouse Insider]

Bobby V: Daniel Bard ’sticking to the plan,’ Dice-K may be back by June [Clubhouse Insider]

Terry Francona: ‘I’m not quite ready for the hugs yet’ [Clubhouse Insider]

Iglesias in majors could have domino effect [CSN New England]

Valentine: Matsuzaka may be ready by June [CSN New England]

Francona feels ‘a little awkward’ in first visit with Red Sox [CSN New England]

Francona here for Yankees-Sox telecast [ESPN Boston]

Tito: ‘Trying to stop the bleeding’ [ESPN Boston]

Line on Tito: No runs, no hits, no gas [ESPN Boston]

Beckett getting his work in [Extra Bases]

Three candidates left for two rotation spots [Extra Bases]

Francona returns as a member of the media [Extra Bases]

Bobby V: No offense intended to Melancon [Extra Bases]

Tito returns: Not ‘just another day at the office’ for Terry Francona [Full Count]

Head of players union: Don’t count of end of Red Sox/Yankees spending [Full Count]

Thursday afternoon with Bobby V: The Dice-Man cometh? [Full Count]

Terry Francona Is Still ‘Trying to Stop the Bleeding’, Feels ‘Awkward’ At JetBlue Park [NESN.com]

Terry Francona Reiterates Sentiments From Final Red Sox News Conference, Admits to Bolting Boston Immediately [NESN.com]

Terry Francona Reflects On Recent Job Interviews, Says ‘Timing Wasn’t Right’ for Reunion With Theo Epstein, Cubs [NESN.com]

Francona: “I don’t particularly like the way my tenure ended” [Projo Sox Blog]

Bard on commitment to starting: “I thought I made it very clear” [Projo Sox Blog]

Matsuzaka could return to Red Sox by early June [Projo Sox Blog]

Francona: “What happened after … hurt me a lot” [Projo Sox Blog]

Players’ union chief looks back on Ortiz’s arbitration case [Projo Sox Blog]

MLBPA chief Weiner: Consensus for a one-game playoff [Projo Sox Blog]

Red Sox bullish on Dice-K’s return date [RedSox.com]

Valentine hasn’t made decision on Bard [RedSox.com]

Beckett ‘workmanlike’ in Minor League start [RedSox.com]

Scouting Scratch: Two Days Deep [SoxProspects.com]

One Flew Over the Kukuk’s Nest [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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