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Red Sox early morning notes: Let’s play two

03.07.12 at 8:20 am ET

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Gut morgen!

The Red Sox play a pair of split squad games, though one wonders if they would have scheduled a “B” game had they known that Carlos Silva would have fallen out of contention for a rotation spot due to a recurrence of the shoulder inflammation that rendered him unable to pitch for most of last year. After all, the Sox created extra games because they were worried about a shortage of innings for their rotation candidates. But with Silva out and neither Aaron Cook nor Ross Ohlendorf scheduled to pitch in games at this juncture, the necessity of the extra “B” games has been diminished.

Here are the lineups that the Sox will feature in Fort Myers (where they take on the Twins at Hammond Stadium at 10 a.m. in the “B” game) and Dunedin (where the Sox will play the Blue Jays at 1 p.m.):


Iglesias, SS
Spears, DH
Middlebrooks, 3B
Kroeger, RF
Saltalamacchia, C
Hassan, LF
Repko, CF
Gomez, 1B
Ciriaco, 2B

Lester, SP, followed by Britton, Albers, Atchison


Aviles, SS
Sweeney, RF
Ross, LF
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Anderson, 1B
Shoppach, C
Tejeda, 2B
Linares, CF

Germano, SP, followed by Thomas, Melancon, Pena, Tazawa, Spoone, Mathis

Here are the links from yesterday:

Daniel Bard is discovering that life in the rotation is anything but routine right now, even as he looks really good in that role. He hit 94-98 mph in his two innings, and says he can be as good as any starter on the Red Sox staff.

— Another rotation candidate, Alfredo Aceves, also looked terrific in two perfect innings of work against a rather sad Orioles traveling squad.

— The rotation competition is now down to six-for-two, with Bard, Aceves, Felix Doubront, Andrew Miller, Vicente Padilla and perhaps Cook (health-permitting) in the mix for the fourth and fifth starters’ spots, in the wake of Silva’s injury.

Jonathan Papelbon will receive a stern lecture informing him that his theme music won’t be shipping out of Boston.

— With Papelbon gone from Boston, Jesse Carlson is embracing life as the Red Sox’ new Cinco Ocho, even as his former Blue Jays teammates are killing him on the subject.

Bobby Valentine has been very impressed with the precocious offensive approach of third base prospect Will Middlebrooks.

Carl Crawford is taking his recent setback in stride, even as the likelihood of playing on Opening Day dwindles.

Cody Ross can out-lasso just about anyone.

In the latest Minor Details podcast, outfield prospect Alex Hassan explains what it means to be a non-roster invitee to major league camp, discusses how he ended up playing outfield rather than pitching in the Red Sox system (despite having been drafted as a right-handed pitcher), his approach at the plate and the fact that everyone whom he rooms with in spring training ends up getting traded.

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