Peter Abraham reports that Scott Atchison will be in the bullpen when the Sox head north, with either Scott Schoeneweis or Joe Nelson in the final spot. Alan Embree (who allowed four hits and four runs in one inning yesterday) will not make the team.
Junichi Tazawa is scheduled for Tommy John surgery next Tuesday.
The Herald's Gerry Callahan is still trying to convince you the 2010 Sox are doomed:
The pitching and defense approach has a certain snob appeal. Anyone can win by just, you know, bashing the ball all over the park. All those home runs and RBI and three-run rallies - as Theo Epstein would say, how primitive. ...Callahan also tries his hand at stand-up comedy by saying Epstein has had "about as much luck with shortstops as Nancy Pelosi has had with plastic surgeons". Enjoy the veal.
[D]id you know that Mike Cameron and Adrian Beltre combined for fewer RBI than Jason Bay had last season (119-114)? And that was in almost one thousand at-bats (993). What if that happens again this year? Is everyone going to be OK with that? And one more nagging question: Did you realize Bay was a butcher in left field last year? Me neither. ...
Someone has to hit. ... Ortiz is the only hope.
Bernie Carbo talks quite openly to the Globe's Stan Grossfield about his battles with drug addiction:
I played every game high. I was addicted to anything you could possibly be addicted to.John Lackey makes his final spring start today against the Twins at 1 PM. The regular lineup is expected to play and the game is on MLBTV.