Friday, March 21, 2008


The Red Sox can bring 30 players to Japan, 28 of which will be eligible to play in the games against Oakland, with the normal 25 man roster in effect for those games. In other words, two players will go to Japan but CANNOT play in the games against Oakland, and three players will be healthy scratches from the day of game roster.

So here is the 30 man roster for the trip:

Starting Pitchers:
Clay Buchholz
Jon Lester
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Tim Wakefield

Relief Pitchers:
David Aardsma
Bryan Corey
Manny Delcarmen
Javier Lopez
Hideki Okajima
Jonathan Papelbon
Kyle Snyder
Julian Tavarez
Mike Timlin

Dusty Brown
Kevin Cash
Jason Varitek

Sean Casey
Alex Cora
Mike Lowell
Jed Lowrie
Julio Lugo
David Ortiz
Dustin Pedroia
Kevin Youkilis

Coco Crisp
J.D. Drew
Jacoby Ellsbury
Bobby Kielty
Brandon Moss
Manny Ramirez

Wakefield and Buchholz are slated to start the two exhibition games, which means they're the most likely candidates to be kept off the 28 man roster. Then I'd bet that Lowrie, Brown, and Moss are the ones kept off the 25 man roster.

Hartford Courant

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