The Red Sox lost Martinez and Lowe to free agency and added
Clement, David Wells and Wade Miller. Wells, scheduled to pitch the
season opener Sunday at the New York Yankees, had a 7.94 ERA in 17
innings. Miller is expected to start the season on the disabled
list and to return in May.
Clement, who played last season for the Chicago Cubs, had an 0-2
record and 5.54 ERA in his other four spring starts. But he felt he
built up his arm strength and improved his pitches and is ready for
the second game against the Yankees.
"Spring went well. I think I accomplished what I wanted to
accomplish and now it doesn't mean squat if you can't do it when
the season starts," he said. "I don't see any reason why I can't
pitch the same way I've pitched here."
He doesn't feel an extra burden by trying to replace Martinez or
"I put high expectations and high goals on myself," said
Clement, who struck out five and walked none. "So I feel like I
don't need to put any extra pressure on. I know the expectations
Nor is he intimidated by making his Red Sox debut in Yankee
Stadium, a place he's never been.
"I'm excited just to go there," he said. "I'm really looking
forward to getting to pitch there and getting to be a part of this
After Clement left the game, Tampa Bay tied it 2-2 on Josh
Phelps' fourth homer of the spring, off Matt Mantei.
Youkilis will start the season as a backup to third baseman Bill
Mueller. He also has played first base this spring.
"It's our responsibility to find him enough at-bats without
getting somebody hurt where he can be productive here and not go
backwards," Boston manager Terry Francona said.
Tampa Bay starter Dewon Brazelton pitched three shutout innings
and left with a 1-0 lead on Chris Singleton's sacrifice fly in the
second. Then Fossum allowed two runs in the fourth on Varitek's
It was Tampa Bay's sixth loss in seven games as it tries to
improve from a 70-91 record last year, its second under manager Lou
"I would have hoped we'd be a little further along in the
process than we are but it's improved," he said.<
^Notes:@Tampa Bay's last two runs came home on Travis Lee's double
in the eighth. ... About half the Red Sox left after the game for
Arizona where they will play exhibition games Thursday and Friday
against the Diamondbacks. Another group stayed behind to wrap up
the Grapefruit League season Thursday at Minnesota, which also
plays in Fort Myers. ... Curt Schilling and Miller will face each
other Saturday morning in an intrasquad minor league game. ... The
Red Sox met with union head Don Fehr for more than two hours
Wednesday morning. It was the last of his visits to spring training