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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Bus rides and lineups

By Gordon Edes

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Imagine, it’s just past 9 a.m. here, and David Ortiz has already been on a bus for more than an hour and a half.

Big Papi is on the bus that left at 7:30 for the team heading across the state to Jupiter to play the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday afternoon. He was joined on the nearly three-hour trek by Jacoby Ellsbury, Darnell McDonald, and Kevin Youkilis among the tenured guys sent east by manager Terry Francona.

Josh Beckett, meanwhile, is staying put to make his start here Tuesday against the Houston Astros, his first game since taking a batted ball off the head in batting practice a week ago Monday. Beckett will be throwing to catch Jarrod Saltalamacchia in a split-squad game against the ‘Stros, which was added to the schedule after one of two exhibitions in Houston was cancelled.

The Astros are managed by Brad Mills, Terry Francona’s former bench coach, which should lend itself to some jocularity this morning. Fort Myers native Chris Johnson, the son of Sox first base coach Ron Johnson, is scheduled to play for Houston.

Another beautiful day in the Fort, where Alfredo Aceves was running laps by himself in City of Palms Park earlier. Word from Boston, meanwhile, is that 91-year-old Johnny Pesky, who is beginning his 60th season with the club, isn’t making a camp appearance this spring, but is hopeful of being attendance for the home opener.

Here are the Sox lineups:

vs. Astros in Fort Myers
1. Ryan Kalish, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Carl Crawford, LF
4. J.D. Drew, DH
5. Jed Lowrie, 1B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
7. Josh Reddick, RF
8. Nate Spears, 3B
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
SP -- Josh Beckett, RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: RHP Jonathan Papelbon, RHP Daniel Bard, LHP Dennys Reyes, RHP Matt Fox, RHP Matt Albers

vs. Cardinals in Jupiter
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Darnell McDonald, LF
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. Oscar Tejeda, 2B
6. Lars Anderson, 1B
7. Yamaico Navarro, SS
8. Che-Hsuan Lin, RF
9. Mark Wagner, C
SP -- Stolmy Pimentel, RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: RHP Brandon Duckworth, RHP Jason Rice, RHP Clevelan Santeliz