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Monday, March 25, 2013
Here's a switch: Regulars ask to travel

By Chris Girandola, Special to ESPNBoston.com

SARASOTA, Fla. -- This was supposed to be a light day for the Red Sox, with prospects originally scheduled to make the trip to Sarasota, but things changed this morning when several regulars convinced manager John Farrell to let them make the trip. This demonstrates a shift in mentality and approach from a year ago.

Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks were in the starting lineup against the Orioles along with Lyle Overbay, Ryan Sweeney and Jose Iglesias. The rest of the lineup was comprised of Brock Holt at second and Christian Vazquez at catcher, with Graham Godfrey as the starting pitcher.

“They felt, if they’re going to get in a game, they’d much rather do it here on the road,” Farrell said. “We gave them the option of not traveling, but we’re getting to that point in camp where guys want to start going every day. A couple of guys were talking about how they’re starting to find their rhythm and their daily routine, so that’s at play here.”

* Jacoby Ellsbury felt sore after rolling his right ankle in Sunday’s contest against the Phillies, according to Farrell. Ellsbury will take the day off, and after the off-day tomorrow, the center fielder will most likely resume baseball activities on Wednesday.

“Taking him out of yesterday’s game was as much precautionary as anything, so we’re hoping today and tomorrow gets him ahead of it a little bit,” Farrell said. “We’re going to keep him off his feet and not take any (batting practice) today, so Wednesday would be ideal that he gets back on the field.”

Ellsbury jammed his heel into the base and rolled the ankle on a pick-off attempt by Phillies starter Cliff Lee. The Red Sox training staff checked on him, but Ellsbury stayed in the game and was thrown out trying to steal second.

He played in center in the top half of the second, but was pinch-hit for in the bottom half.

* Stephen Drew (concussion) took 50 ground balls at shortstop Monday and felt fine after the session, according to Farrell. He also continued his regimen of agility and conditioning exercises, along with batting practice.

“After we get through today, we’ll hopefully get a better read on what we can get accomplished before camp breaks,” Farrell said.

* David Ortiz (heel inflammation) continues to do an extensive routine of baseball activities, including agility, conditioning and hitting in the cage.

* Farrell said that John Lackey is scheduled to pitch tomorrow in a minor league game and will stay in Fort Myers to pitch again on Sunday. Because both the major league and minor league clubs break camp on Saturday, Lackey will throw in an intra-squad contest Sunday and then join the team in New York.