Monday March 28, 2011 | 09:58 AM

Greetings from Dunedin on Florida's west coast, where the Boston Red Sox are due to arrive for a 1 p.m. game with the Blue Jays.

It's been raining and the Sox are being cautious. According to, Boston has scratched starter John Lackey from today's game and will start Tony Pena Jr. instead.

Other news out of Fort Myers concerns the roster. The Red Sox sent veteran relievers Hideki Okajima and Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket, with plans to keep lefty Denny Reyes and right-hander Matt Albers on the major league roster.

Those moves were somewhat expected since Reyes and Albers did not have minor league options left. It will be interesting how many times the make-up of the bullpen changes throughout the season.

I'll check in later.

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