Wednesday January 12, 2011 | 11:16 AM

UPDATED with clarification on the vouchers and the correct Red Sox phone number for tickets.

Time to play in the snow. Soon, it will be time to play baseball.

A few tidbits to pass on:

Among the minor league coaching assignments recently announced were two familiar names. Chili Davis, the switch-hitter with 350 career home runs, will be Arnie Beyeler's hitting coach in Pawtucket. Davis worked as a part-time instructor for the Dodgers last year.

Rich Gedman, the long-time Red Sox catcher (post-Carlton Fisk, pre-Jason Varitek), will be the hitting coach for the Lowell Spinners. Gedman has managed the independent league Worcester Tornadoes the past six years.

The Red Sox recently announced their annual "road trip," when representatives travel through New England to drum up excitement over the Red Sox.

The one Maine stop will be Jan. 22 at Hadlock Field, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Among the highlights of the Maine stop will be appearances by Wally the Green Monster and Slugger the Sea Dog, an appearance by new Sea Dogs manager Kevin Boles (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), a balloon artist and face painter, photo ops with the World Series trophies, vouchers for the tickets for Maine Day at Fenway Park (date TBA), a drawing for two VIP tickets to the opening home weekend against the Yankees, and auditions to sing the National Anthem.

Auditions will be held for a minimum of 100 candidates. The top two chosen will join the top two from the other New England states for the "Sing Your Way to Fenway" finals at Fenway Park Feb. 9.

Most Red Sox regular season tickets go on sale Jan. 29, starting at 10 a.m., via the Internet ( or an automated phone line (888-RED-SOX6).

Tickets that will not go on sale are for games against the Yankees and Cubs, plus Monster and right-field deck seats. Availability for those seats will be determined later by a lottery system.

All for now. Happy shoveling.



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