Yesterday afternoon, the Red Sox equipment truck was loaded outside of Fenway Park and started its journey south to Fort Myers. Pitchers and catchers report on Saturday the 18th and full workouts begin on the 23rd. The games begin on March 2nd against the Twins. The first televised game (according to RedSox.com's schedule) will be on Saturday the 4th against the Pirates. The Red Sox will play in the Grapefruit League once again but will also play split-squad games against Boston College, Northeastern, and the Australian national team. Spring training will end on the weekend of April 1 and 2 in Philadelphia against the Phillies.
The season begins on April 3 in Arlington, TX at 2:05 and will be televised nationally on ESPN 2.
The World Baseball Classic will be drawing some Sox players away from the club to play for their national teams. Alex Cora will be playing for Puerto Rico, Lenny Dinardo for Italy, Alex Gonzalez for Venezuela, David Ortiz for the Dominican Republic, Manny Ramirez for the Dominican Republic, Adam Stern for Canada, Julian Tavarez for the Dominican Republic, Mike Timlin for the USA, and Jason Varitek for the USA.