FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good afternoon from the Fort, where the Red Sox already are down one in the loss column Saturday, having been vanquished by the Baltimore Orioles “A” teamers, 7-3, in Sarasota, the only Sox regulars making the trip being Jackie Bradley Jr. and Will Middlebrooks.
The Sox will have most of their regulars in the lineup Saturday night against the Orioles, whose travel team will have two names of note. One is Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of Yaz making an encore appearance as an extra player brought along for the ride. The other is Steel Russell, which is just one heckuva baseball name, isn’t it? William Steel Russell is the given name of the minor-league catcher, the son of Orioles bench coach and ex-Pirates manager John Russell.
Red Sox owner John W. Henry isn’t on the premises, but he created a bit of a ripple with a tweeted zinger directed at the Miami Marlins, who were reportedly “outraged” because the Sox sent a lineup light on regulars for their game Thursday in Jupiter.
They should apologize for their regular season lineup.
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) March 8, 2014
Henry formerly owned the Marlins, becoming sole owner in 1999 and selling the team in 2002 to current owner Jeffrey Loria. A year later, the Marlins won the World Series, and Loria also achieved the goal, never realized by Henry and cited as a reason he sold the team, of public constructon of a new ballpark. Loria went on a big spending spree prior to 2012, the Marlins’ first season in the new ballpark, then sold almost all of the team’s established stars when the Marlins underperformed.
Michael Hill, Marlins president of baseball operations, said Friday that he had received an e-mail from Sox GM Ben Cherington during Thursday’s game.
“We got an email from their GM saying they had some injuries and were working on some things,” Hill said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “He apologized, so I don't know if that meant he got a call from the league or what.”
Manager John Farrell had reiterated the explanation he’d offered before the game, that the Sox were short on regulars because of injuries (both catchers, outfielder Shane Victorino), travel (they’d played in Jupiter the day before) and a planned day of drills for the team’s infielders.
Numerous observers have called out the Marlins for foolishly jacking up ticket prices for the Sox exhibition -- from $10 to $12 a ticket as a “super premium” game, the only one of the spring.
Here are the lineups for Saturday night’s game:
Daniel Nava, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Jonny Gomes, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Corey Brown, CF
Jonathan Herrera, 3B
Brandon Workman, RHP
David Lough, CF
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Ryan Flaherty, SS
Steve Pearce, 1B
Nolan Reimold, LF
Henry Urrutia, RF
Johnny Monell, DH
Michael Almanzar, 3B
Kevin Gausman, RHP