Wed 0228 v Twins: Curt SchillingTim Wakefield and Jonathan Papelbon will both pitch against the Phillies on Saturday, March 3.
Thu 0301 v Blue Jays: Kason Gabbard
Thu 0301 v Northeastern: Josh Beckett
Fri 0302 v Blue Jays: Kyle Snyder
Fri 0302 v Boston College: Daisuke Matsuzaka
All starters will work two innings or 35 pitches.
Ater Schilling on Wednesday night, Mike Timlin, Julian Tavarez, Joel Pineiro and Brendan Donnelly -- the four guys being considered for the closer's job -- will head to the mound.
Matsuzaka pitched batting practice to four hitters on Saturday. He threw 22 fastballs and 20 off-speed pitches to Bobby Scales, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Jimenez and Kevin Cash. Dice hit about 92 with his fastball; he'll throw another BP session on Monday.
Good decision by the Red Sox to not offer Schilling a guaranteed contract for 2008 before this season begins. Schilling says he will file for free agency (for the first time in his career). Theo: "Age was a pretty important factor in the determination. ... He's going to be 41. At that age we get a little more conservative. ... It doesn't mean we don't want him back."
Craig Hansen has a back sprain and has not thrown for a few days. ... Jon Lester threw batting practice yesterday and Francona said he "looked tremendous". ... Pitching coach John Farrell on Manny Delcarmen: "He has good command of all three pitches. It's only the bullpen and BP, but the first impressions have been very good."
David Ortiz has added some muscle. "It feels good, even a little more powerful. ... If I hit less home runs (this) year, I'm going to go back to being super fat."