March 29, 2004

Red Sox 8, Orioles 3. Box.
Baltimore  000 120 000 - 3  4  0 
Boston     070 100 00x - 8  9  1
In six innings, Tim Wakefield allowed two runs, struck out four and walked none. He will make one more start before the season begins -- an exhibition game in Atlanta. Johnny Damon, Kevin Millar and David Ortiz hit home runs.

On Sunday, instead of making the 2:45 drive from Fort Myers to Jupiter, Derek Lowe chartered a private jet, taking Millar, Jason Varitek, Gabe Kapler, Brian Daubach and Alan Embree with him. Time of the flight? 19 minutes. ... Good news: Lowe has that sinking feeling. ... Pedro Martinez is slated for 85-90 pitches against Toronto on Tuesday; Ramiro Mendoza will pitch two innings of relief. ... Bill Mueller will be ready by Sunday. ... Damon flies under the radar. ... Palm Beach Post: 60 Seconds with Kevin Millar.

EE News: Kenny Lofton will begin the season batting ninth, not first. Torre: "He wasn't happy." ... From the Daily News: Striking back at the Empire and Yankees-Red Sox getting bitter by the season (Jeter: "Unless it's just brawls every single game we play, I can't see it being any more intense than last year.")

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