I feel fine. I haven't felt it one time since I got back. I think the three days I had off calmed everything down, and everything's been fine.Clay Buchholz will start and Jonathan Papelbon, Takashi Saito, Hideki Okajima and Javier Lopez are expected to follow.
Jon Lester (4-3-1-1-6, 67) was sharp against the Reds yesterday. He retired 10 of the last 11 hitters he faced, including six by strikeout. Jed Lowrie went 3-for-4, with a single, double and home run. he's hitting .462 (18-for-39) and 10 of his 18 hits have gone for extra bases.
George Kottaras caught Tim Wakefield for five shutout innings (and also had three hits). Wake expressed his confidence in his new personal catcher:
Georgie did a tremendous job today. I have the utmost confidence in him that he'll be able to last all season long with me. I like throwing to him as well as I like throwing to Josh. I look forward to working with him some more.Kevin Youkilis, on the issues with his left foot -- a mild ankle sprain, mild Achilles tendinitis:
It's something that started, I think, ever since Day 1 of Spring Training. I've had tightness, and this foot is the same foot I've had plantar fasciitis in [during the 2006 season]. I've had tightness in it a lot.Yook refused to blame the WBC:
I've been hearing that this is the WBC's fault, this is a stupid idea. It's not. It's a great thing. ... I'd recommend it for all the guys to totally do it.