Friday, March 21, 2008

Red Sox Roster For Japan

The Red Sox have taken 30 players over to Japan for the four games they will play over there, the two exhibition games this weekend and the two regular season games against the Oakland Athletics. Here is the roster:

Pitchers: Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield, David Aardsma, Bryan Corey, Manny Delcarmen, Javier Lopez, Hideki Okajima, Jonathan Papelbon, Kyle Snyder, Julian Tavarez, Mike Timlin
Catchers: Dusty Brown, Kevin Cash, Jason Varitek
Infielders: Sean Casey, Alex Cora, Mike Lowell, Jed Lowrie, Julio Lugo, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis
Outfielders: Coco Crisp, J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Bobby Kielty, Brandon Moss, Manny Ramirez

Carrying extra players guards against someone going down with an injury, especially early on. Of course, only 25 can be active for the two games against Oakland. (Brown, Lowrie, Moss, Corey and Aardsma figure to be the five left off for the A's games, although the injury to Mike Timlin's finger might keep Corey or Aardsma on.)

Buchholz and Wakefield are scheduled to start the exhibitions, while Matsuzaka and Lester will start against Oakland. (My thanks to Boston Blood Sox for the roster listings.)

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