Foulke pitched another 1-2-3 inning -- this time against the Blue Jays, getting Alex Rios, Aaron Hill and Russ Adams to fly or pop out -- and said it was "an encouraging, positive outing. ... I still think I'm rushing to the plate a little bit. I need to slow it down a little bit more, and I think it will help refine the pitches a little bit more."
Foulke hopes to pitch in three or four more games before the season begins a week from tomorrow. He'll get another inning against Tampa Bay tomorrow.
Josh Beckett pitched well (6-6-2-3-6) against Philadelphia this afternoon -- and nearly got into a fight with Phillies 1B Ryan Howard. ... Craig Hansen threw two shutout innings; in 8.2 innings over nine games this spring, he has not allowed a run. ... Bronson Arroyo, in his Reds debut, allowed 6 runs and 7 hits over 5 innings against the Twins yesterday.
Josh Bard was initially given Doug Mirabelli's #28, but he opted for #77 (he grew up wearing #7). He's also getting more comfortable with Tim Wakefield's knuckleball.
Tony Graffanino has been put on waivers and will likely be traded or released by Wednesday. ... Hee-Seop Choi said he called Byung-Hyun Kim and asked him about Boston; surprisingly, Kim had only good things to say. Choi played with Beckett, Mike Lowell and Alex Gonzalez in Florida and with Alex Cora in Los Angeles.
In the Pawtucket section of his Sunday notes, Gordon Edes says Dustin Pedroia and Alejandro Machado will switch back and forth between second base and shortstop.
There will also be a 25th anniversary celebration on June 23 of Pawtucket's 3-2 win over Rochester -- in 33 innings! The game actually began on April 18, 1981, but was suspended after 32 innings, and finished up in June. Some of the PawSox, including Wade Boggs (4-for-12), Marty Barrett (2-for-12), and Bruce Hurst (5 IP (28th-32nd)) will be on hand for the event. No word if Cal Ripken (one of three players with 15 plate appearances) will attend.
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