Josh Beckett pitched two innings (35 pitches) this morning in an intrasquad game. It was his first game action since March 8. "There were no problems. The back is healthy."
Beckett said he needs 14 more innings in Florida -- and he mentioned April 10 as a possible return date. Beckett and Mike Timlin may both begin the season on the disabled list.
On Saturday morning, Bartolo Colon threw three scoreless innings for Lancaster (A), allowing four hits. He threw 34 pitches, struck out two and did not walk a batter.
Two different types of baseballs were used in the exhibition games. Red Sox pitchers used the usual MLB balls, but the Japanese teams used balls that are "slightly smaller, with more of a raised seam, and a bit livelier".
Craig Breslow was placed on waivers and claimed by Cleveland.