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Dustin Pedroia, warmer weather arrive

2/21/2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good morning from the Fort, where Dustin Pedroia showed up -- and so did some semblance of spring weather.

Friday’s shocking beginning -- the morning low of 35 degrees set an all-time record for Feb. 20 in Fort Myers and was colder than the Alaskans experienced in Juneau -- will be a distant memory, with a morning temperature of 44 bursting into 77-degree glory. Sunscreen is not optional today.

Twenty-nine Boston Red Sox pitchers and six catchers are going through their first workouts today at Fenway South, and fans are allowed into the back fields for the first time.

What will they see?

Well, they’ll get their first look at right-hander Rick Porcello and left-hander Wade Miley, who were acquired in offseason deals and will occupy 40 percent of the starting rotation. Porcello and Miley will pitch in a bullpen session with Clay Buchholz.

Koji Uehara, who was signed to a two-year, $18 million deal to continue as closer, will do long toss along with fellow relievers Craig Breslow, Brandon Workman and knuckleballer Steven Wright.

On Fields 3, 4 and 6, non-throwing pitchers -- including Joe Kelly, Justin Masterson, Junichi Tazawa, Alexi Ogando and Edward Mujica -- will field comebackers, cover first and handle bunts.

Catchers will take batting practice in 15-minute groups, with Christian Vasquez, Ryan Hanigan and Blake Swihart in the first group and Luke Montz, Humberto Quintero and Matt Spring in the second.