Kelly gets the start in the Port

March, 30, 2010
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Having played a night game Monday, most of the Red Sox regulars are not making the 45-minute ride to Port Charlotte for a rematch against the Tampa Bay Rays today at 1 p.m. (on ESPN).

Rookie prospect Casey Kelly is drawing the start against the Rays, his first against a big-league team. While still in camp, Kelly came out of the bullpen against the Orioles on March 7 and pitched two scoreless innings in his hometown of Sarasota.

Scott Atchison, one of the candidates for the remaining spots in the bullpen, is scheduled to work Tuesday, and with Boof Bonser likely starting the season on the DL, he appears to have claimed one spot, with the other going to one of three pitchers: Joe Nelson, Alan Embree or Scott Schoeneweis. There are indications the Sox would prefer Embree for the job, but there's some question whether he'll be ready.

Manager Terry Francona will have an update on reliever Junichi Tazawa, who is back from Alabama, where his right elbow was examined by noted orthopedist James Andrews.

Tazawa said the tightness he'd experienced in camp this spring was something he had pitched with in the past in Japan, but decided to have it checked. Tazawa had given up five home runs in seven innings this spring. Tazawa indicated that he may have a ligament problem; Francona was expected to offer a more detailed explanation.

Here's the Red Sox lineup:

1. Mike Cameron, CF
2. Bill Hall, RF
3. Jason Varitek, DH
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. Josh Reddick, LF
6. Tug Hulett, SS
7. Dusty Brown, C
8. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
9. Kevin Frandsen, 2B

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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