April 28, 2004

I'm Getting Antsy. I watched some of Saturday's 12-inning win against the Yankees on tape yesterday -- but it's not the same. I need baseball -- live baseball! ... Tim Wakefield volunteered to skip his start because of the rainout. And while it's not official, Byung-Hyun Kim will start the day game on Thursday, instead of making a final rehab start. Kim will still be on a 75-80 pitch limit, so Wakefield will likely get a few innings out of the bullpen. Then he'll start Sunday night in Texas. ... The current rotation/match-ups:

Tonight: Schilling/Abbott
Thursday Day: Kim/Zambrano
Thursday Night: Lowe/Moss

Against the Rangers: Arroyo, Pedro and Wakefield.

Trot Nixon played for the Gulf Coast Red Sox Tuesday. From the Fort Myers Free-Press: "He play [sic] three innings in the outfield and batted five times. In the informality of these games, Nixon was permitted to bat every inning. He reached base in four of his five plate appearances. He was hit in the shoulder by the first pitch he saw and followed that with a looping line single to center; a hard, one-hop smash to first that was turned into a force out; a fly ball to left; and a walk."

Nomar Garciaparra took groundballs for about 10 minutes yesterday at Fenway Park and is at least two weeks away from returning. ... Brian Daubach is back and will see more action with Ellis Burks out for about six weeks. In 10 games with Pawtucket, he hit .350 with five homers and 11 RBI and 13 runs scored. He'll probably play in the day game Thursday -- he's 6-11 with a .643 OBP against Zambrano.

Nine hours until Curt's first pitch ...

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