The Red Sox are now in Los Angeles. Their charter flight left after Game 2 -- 1:30 AM on Thursday -- and landed in LA at 6:30 PM Wednesday. Flight time: Negative 7 hours.
Bartolo Colon should throw somewhere between 60-75 pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Friday's exhibition. Joining the red Sox for the weekend series will be several players from their Lancaster (A) farm team, including Lars Anderson and Joe Thurston.
Josh Beckett will be eligible to come off the DL before the Toronto series, which begins April 4. He'll pitch against minor leaguers this weekend.
Manny Ramirez's 4 RBI was the most for a Boston player on Opening Day since Jack Clark had four on April 8, 1991. Manny was also one of four Sox players (Cora, Drew, MDC) who met with a group of fans who had travelled to Japan for the series.
Jason Varitek went 0-for-8 in Japan, with six strikeouts and two groundouts (one a double play). ... Brandon Moss was optioned to Pawtucket.