Daisuke Matsuzaka threw in the Red Sox's first bullpen session of the spring today. He threw 40-plus pitches at what he said was 60-70% of his normal velocity.
Throwing alongside Dice were Tim Wakefield, Jonathan Papelbon, Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett and Hideki Okajima.
In the caption to one of its camp photos, the Herald refers to Sox catcher "Jason Jaritik".
Jon Lester got the go-ahead from the club to take part in all of the pitchers' drills. "That's all I ask, really. Even if they did hold me back, I wouldn't want to be held out. If they do three (running) laps and I do two or whatever, I just want to be a part of the team. I didn't want to be excluded completely."
Gordon Edes writes about Curt Schilling's Hall of Fame chances. ... Tony Massarotti chuckles at the rough start to the Yankees' spring. ... Hey, have you heard that the Red Sox pitchers trust Jason Varitek? It's true! Not sure how they feel about Jaritik.