Former Red Sox GM Lou Gorman had worked out a blockbuster trade with then Astros GM Bob Watson that would have sent Roger Clemens to Houston, but the deal fell through when new Astros owner Drayton McLane refused to part with Craig Biggio. In his upcoming book "One Pitch from Glory," Gorman says he would have sent Clemens and a catcher to Houston for Biggio, Steve Finley, Pete Harnisch, Eddie Taubensee and a lefthanded pitching prospect.
Last Sunday, Kevin Youkilis made his first appearance at first base, moving over from third and replacing David Ortiz. ... Adam Stern sprained his right thumb Saturday night sliding into second base. ... Curt Schilling has the flu. ... Alan Embree and Jason Varitek recall the final out of the ALCS. ... The Red Sox and Yankees will play again on March 29 in Tampa, then open the season April 3.
This Saturday's game against Tampa Bay will feature the spring debuts of David Wells, Keith Foulke and Bill Mueller. ... Wells: "Everyone's loosey-goosey in this clubhouse. It's a lot different than I imagined it. It's pretty comical to me. New York was reserved, but we had fun. We had characters, but we were a lot more business-like. Here, they like to have fun. They're a bunch of kids."