March 21, 2004

Kim, Nixon, Arroyo, Ortiz, Etc. Byung-Hyun Kim will start the season on the DL. The Red Sox want him to be able to throw off a mound by Opening Night, and if all goes well, be back by mid-April.

Trot Nixon talks in detail about his injury and says he'll likely play a few games in Pawtucket before returning to the big club. ... Tim Wakefield pitched four shutout innings Saturday, by far his best outing, according to Terry Francona. Wakefield has allowed 1 run in 9 innings and will pitch on three days rest Wednesday against the Yankees. ... Bronson Arroyo will start the home opener April 9 against Toronto.

Ortizzle: "In his first year with the Red Sox, he entertained teammates with jokes and treated fans to soaring homers. For doubters who thought that was a fluke, he's at it again." Sure, they are spring stats, but Ortiz is hitting .345 (10-29) and slugging 1.034.

Theo Epstein has been answering questions at SoSH. ... What was Kevin Millar's day like on March 12? ... A look at Dave Wallace. Tony Massarotti: "Different paces for Sox' two aces: Martinex, Schilling approach excellent from opposite directions" (yes, the typo is on the website). ... Ramiro Mendoza will pitch tomorrow against Los Angeles. ... The Toronto Star says even if you hate the Red Sox, you can like Terry Francona.

The Yankees are dealing with injuries as well. Bernie Williams has missed more than a month after an appendectomy (he may play as early as Wednesday, though). Jon Lieber, who hasn't pitched since mid-2002, has been sidelined by groin pulls. Travis Lee has an inflamed left shoulder and will likely be on the disabled list. In yesterday's loss to Pittsburgh, Enrique Wilson twisted his ankle and Miguel Cairo felt his right hamstring tighten up (possible subs at 2B include Homer Bush and Felix Escalona).

Quote o' the day: "I am on the juice. The juice of Jesus of Nazareth." Julio Franco (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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