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Friday, February 28, 2014
Morning report: Grapefruit League opener

By Gordon Edes

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good morning from the Fort, where outfielder Bryce Brentz couldn't understand why a reporter was asking him about his prowess as a bowler. Brentz, being a polite young man, answered the question, saying on a good day he might roll a 150. That left the reporter puzzled.

"I thought you were the Tennessee Boys Bowler of the Year,'' the reporter said.

"Not me,'' he replied.

Reporter's error [mine]. Even reporters need spring training.

The champion bowler, it turns out, was minor-league infielder Mookie Betts. We will have a story on Brentz later, in which he touches on subjects he actually does know about it, like how Charlie Brentz is a terrific driver's ed instructor.

In the meantime, here are lineups for the first Grapefruit League game of the season for the Red Sox, and first of back-to-back meetings against the Minnesota Twins, who share the Fort as home training base.

RED SOX
1. Jonny Gomes, LF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Napoli, 1B
5. Xander Bogaerts, SS
6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
7. David Ross, C
8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9. Bryce Brentz, RF
SP -- Anthony Ranaudo, RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: RHP Anthony Ranaudo, RHO Dalier Hinojosa, RHP Francisco Cordero, LHP Andrew Miller

TWINS
1. Alex Presley, CF
2. Brian Dozier, 2B
3. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
4. Oswaldo Arcia, RF
5. Chris Colabello, 1B
6. Jason Kubel, DH
7. Wilkin Ramirez, LF
8. Jason Bartlett, SS
9. Chrish Herrmann, C
SP -- Mike Pelfrey, RHP

Also scheduled to pitch for the Twins: RHP Mike Pelfrey, RHP Samuel Deduno, RHP Casey Fien, LHP Brian Duensing, LHP Caleb Thielbar, LHP Aaron Thompson, LHP Sean Gilmartin