Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Regulars VS. NU; Prospects VS. BC Thursday

The Red Sox announced who will be playing in the collegiate double-header on Thursday. In general, regular starters will be in the lineup against Northeastern University in the first game—Xander Bogaerts, Jonathan Herrera, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jonny Gomes, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mike Carp, and Grady Sizemore. In the second half of the twin-bill, Boston College will face mostly prospects—like catchers Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez. Brandon Workman, Henry Owens, Noe Ramirez and Burke Badenhop will hurl against NU; Rubby De La Rosa, Matt Barnes, Miguel Celestino, Tommy Layne and Alex Wilson will face BC. These games are always a great way to inaugurate the Grapefruit League season. Of course, NESN has instituted its usual blackout of the festivities. Why would anyone want to watch the first action of the reigning World Champs? We're guessing it will be a replay of Liverpool vs. Swansea in that time slot.