Sunday April 03, 2011 | 06:10 AM

Greetings from Florida, where there is no snow, and no NESN. Maybe it's a good thing that I had to settle for the Final Four for my TV viewing, instead of the shellacking in Texas.

John Lackey allowed 9 runs on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings. Ouch.

Carl Crawford has yet to get going, but Adrian Gonzalez is hitting. And David Ortiz has two home runs.

Nice to have Crawford and Gonzalez in the lineup. And it's good to see Ortiz going early. But Lackey is a concern. You figure Jon Lester will rebound from a slow start, but there are doubts about Lackey.

Lackey is coming of a so-so year. Yes, he won 14 games and ate up 215 innings. But his ERA was 4.40 and his WHIP was 1.419. Saturday's performance did not help the confidence factor.

Clay Buchholz goes today. He's as good as Boston has for a stopper.

Today's Baseball Column takes a look at the young Sea Dogs roster.

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