Morning report: Crawford to be checked Monday

March, 4, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good morning from the Fort, where Sunday's exhibition lidlifter against the Minnesota Twins probably ranks no better than third on the list of Boston sports priorities this afternoon, given the Celtics are playing the Knicks and Bruins are playing the Rangers.

But we plow ahead resolutely nonetheless, knowing that there are plenty of multitaskers who will keep abreast of the action of all three teams, some of whom will need their Josh Beckett fix to go along with their Jeremy Lin/Broadway Blueshirts challenges.

Just finished meeting with Bobby Valentine, who said left fielder Carl Crawford will have his wrist checked by doctors Monday, a precautionary step before he resumes swinging a bat. Assuming he is found to be OK, Valentine expects Crawford will be given the immediate green light to resume activity.

The other medical news of note involves closer Andrew Bailey, who has been dealing with a mild lat strain. He threw a "pain-free" bullpen session Sunday morning, Valentine said. "Ball popping, all that good stuff.'' The manager said he wasn't going to guess on when Bailey might get into a game.

Valentine mentioned he coached Twins manager Ron Gardenhire when both were with the Mets. He said he hadn't been briefed on the Mayor's Cup, the high-stakes competition the Sox stage with the Twins every spring, but said he intended to be brought up to speed.

Here is the Sox lineup Sunday:

Dustin Pedroia, 2b
Jacoby Ellsbury, cf
Cody Ross, rf
Adrian Gonzalez, 1b
Mike Aviles, ss
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c
Darnell McDonald, lf
Will Middlebrooks, 3b
Juan Carlos Linares, DH
Josh Beckett, RHP

The Twins brought something less than their "A" team:

Ben Revere lf
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, ss
Rene Tosoni, rf
Aaron Bates, 1b
Luke Hughes, DH
Sean Burroughs, 3b
Ray Chang, 2b
Rene Rivera, c
Darin Matroianni, cf
Francisco Liriano, lhp

Also scheduled to pitch for Boston: Andrew Miller, Mark Melancon, Justin Thomas, Tony Pena Jr., Scott Atchison.

The game will be televised by NESN. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. There were downpours early this morning, the temperature has dropped, it's overcast with a strong wind, and there's a chance of a thunderstorm passing through, but there is every expectation the game will be played.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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