March 29, 2011

Sox change up pitching staff

Red Sox Notebook: Big-league veterans Hideki Okajima and Alfredo Aceves head to Triple-A.

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Dennys Reyes
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Dennys Reyes, who pitched for St. Louis in 2010, was the Sox’s clear choice this spring over Hideki Okajima as a left-handed reliever.

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Hideki Okajima
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Hideki Okajima will start the year with Pawtucket.

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THE OPENER

WHO: Red Sox (Lester) vs. Texas Rangers (Wilson)

WHEN: 4:05 p.m. Friday

WHERE: The Ballpark, Arlington, Texas

TELEVISION: NESN

THE 2011 RED SOX (for now)

With Monday's transactions, the Red Sox have essentially set their 25-man major-league roster.

STARTERS: Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka.

RELIEVERS: Jonathan Papelbon, Daniel Bard, Bobby Jenks, Dan Wheeler, Tim Wakefield, Dennys Reyes, Matt Albers.

CATCHERS: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jason Varitek.

INFIELDERS: Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, Marco Scutaro, Kevin Youkilis, Jed Lowrie.

OUTFIELDER: Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, J.D. Drew, Mike Cameron, Darnell McDonald.

DH: David Ortiz.

"He's getting stronger," Francona said. "To see that swing, I'll take that bus ride any day. That ball came off his bat good."

Hazelbaker, 23, was a fourth-round draft pick out of Ball State in 2009. He is expected to begin this season with Class A Salem. Good numbers could push him to Portland this summer.

Mike Cameron recorded the other RBI with a single. Seth Garrison, a pitcher likely headed to Salem, pitched two scoreless innings and got the win. John Lackey had been scheduled to start but was scratched and stayed in Fort Myers because of the wet weather.

BRIAN BUTTERFIELD of Standish remains a constant with the Blue Jays coaching staff. Butterfield, 53, is now working for his fourth Toronto manager with the arrival of John Farrell.

"It's always difficult to compare and contrast because everyone has their strength," Butterfield said. "I know that John has an awful lot of strengths.

"I'm having an awful lot of interaction with him because we both get here early. It's been a lot of fun."

Butterfield, who was born in Bangor and played for the University of Maine, is in his 10th year with Toronto, now serving as the third-base coach.

He previously worked on the major league staffs of the Diamondbacks and Yankees.

Butterfield spends his offseason in Standish. He flew out of Maine on Feb. 12.

"There was a lot of snow there when I left," he said. "And I hear there's been a lot of snow since."

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at: kthomas@pressherald.com

 

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