Lopez threw 27 pitches over two scoreless innings in his outing, with two strikeouts. Hansen pitched two
innings, allowing one run on two hits, including a home
run, while striking out two. He threw 29 pitches, 17 for
"I saw bits and pieces of everybody," Sox manager
Terry Francona said. "I just hate for our guys to be
throwing and not be here. I think [pitching coach]
John Farrell probably felt the same way.
"[Lopez] had a couple of quick innings. He was only
going to throw one, but he was so efficient he ended up
"[Hansen] continues to work on things that he and
[Farrell] are talking about. Sometimes it doesn't
happen as fast as you want it to, but he'll continue to
work on what they're talking about
"He's trying to get his two-seamer for strikes. I'll
tell you one thing, his changeup is improving. I think
a big thing with [Hansen] is his confidence. Same with a
hitter. When you feel good about yourself, things seem
to go right. Hard work is what he needs to do, and I
don't think he'll back down from that."
In three Spring Training appearances spanning three
innings, Hansen has allowed three earned runs on five
hits, including one home run, and a walk, with one
strikeout. He has one save and a 9.00 ERA.
While Francona said he is no more worried about Hansen
than he is about any of his players, he would also
give Hansen time.
"Well, we're concerned about everybody, because that's
our job," Francona said. "Sometimes you have to be patient. It doesn't work if you're not patient. We ask the kids to be patient. So, if we're not, it doesn't work."
Timlin progressing: Mike Timlin, who threw
Friday for the first time since being sidelined March
7 with a strained left oblique, threw again on Saturday.
Francona said Timlin responded well to the
"He's in good shape," Francona said.
"We mapped out a program. We're going to sit and talk
to him [Tuesday] with it. [Farrell] kind of mapped out the whole program. We got [general manager] Theo [Epstein] to sign off on it. We just got to explain it to Mike now and go forward."
Pedroia ready: Second baseman Dustin Pedroia,
hit on the left hand by a pitch in Saturday's game,
should be available on Tuesday.
Wake's and Pap's starts: Tim Wakefield and Jonathan
Papelbon have been on the same pitching schedule --
starting on the same days, or with Papelbon following
Wakefield to the mound. Francona must now find a way
to split them up and get each of them enough starts.
"We're actually talking through that," Francona said.
"We want them both pitching big-league games. We may
piggyback. We're still contemplating how we want to
Tucker in camp: Outfielder Michael Tucker has
been working out at the Sox's Minor league complex for
the past few weeks. Tucker, 35, lives in nearby Lehigh
While outfield vacancies at the big-league level are
virtually non-existent, Tucker has been a good influence on the younger players, said Red Sox director of player development Mike Hazen.
"He's been great," Hazen said. "He's out here working
out every day. You never know. I don't know if he
considers himself a Triple-A player, but I don't know
if we really have a spot for him."
Tucker was cut by the Nationals at the end of Spring
Training in 2006, then signed with the Mets in April,
playing for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides before being called up on Aug. 9.
Offensive power: In the past five games, the Sox
have managed just six runs and 29 hits. Francona isn't concerned and sees that more as a reflection of the big-league team not playing together yet.
"I think [the offense has] been off a lot," he said.
"I also think that the team we took [Sunday to Fort
Lauderdale to play the Orioles], that's not our team.
I don't think you'll see the offense until ... you
probably won't see it for the next couple days. We got
two days off for a lot of those guys. I think, my guess,
or I hope, that tomorrow they come out and they're
sluggish, work through it a couple days. And then you
see it. The guys start playing more and more and the
last week of spring, hopefully, you'll see everybody
playing together more, and we'll start swinging the
bat. That's the whole idea."
Varitek's at-bats: Jason Varitek, catching Curt
Schilling in a Minor League game Sunday, was able to
get six at-bats in six innings.
"[That's] awesome," Francona said. "We tell guys all
the time, if you need it, we can do it. They can come
down here [to the Minor League complex] and lead off
every inning if they want. Every spring a couple of
guys do that and get seven or eight at-bats and it
really goes a long way, especially with the catchers."
Crisp, Drew to start: Center fielder Coco Crisp
and right fielder J.D. Drew have not played in a game
since Wednesday. Francona said Drew would start
Tuesday's game against the Twins, while he was still
undecided about Crisp.
"J.D.'s going to play [Tuesday] for sure," Francona
said. "I still want to talk to Coco. I might wait one
more day with him. We'll see, because we have the off-day today. I haven't seen him. I'll see him tomorrow. They're throwing a left-hander. So we might wait one more day. We'll see."
Francona said Crisp's knuckle on his left index finger, which he fractured at the beginning of last season and then
had operated on in September, was not the problem.
"No, not at all," he said. "I just think he's sore. We
did a lot of throwing. I think it's more, I know
right-handed [batting], it affects him more. Since this is Spring Training we're supposed to help him, not hurt him. We travel the next day [to Bradenton] anyway so he's going to play one or the other. So it makes sense."
Welcome home: Tickets for the Sox's Welcome Home
Dinner on April 10 at the Boston Convention and
Exhibition Center are now on sale. The dinner, which
benefits the Red Sox Foundation, will feature six-time
Grammy nominee Lonestar. Tickets are $500 for adults
and $250 for children 12 and under. To purchase
tickets or for information, call 617-226-6002 or e-mail email@example.com..
Impossible Dream at Cooperstown: The Hall of
Fame will host a day-long salute to the 1967 Sox on April
14, featuring appearances by Jim Lonborg and Rico
Petrocelli. Tickets are $14.50 for adults (13 and
older), $9 for seniors (65 and over) and those holding
current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American
Veterans, American Legion, or AMV organizations, and
$5 for juniors (ages 7-12). For information, visit baseballhalloffame.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME or 607-547-7200.
Coming up: The Red Sox host the Twins on Tuesday at
City of Palms Park at 7:05 p.m. ET. Josh Beckett will make his fourth Grapefruit League start against left-hander Glen Perkins.