BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox’ spring slate of games begins on Thursday, when Boston kicks things off with their annual double-header against Northeastern and Boston College.
Red Sox manager John Farrell announced his pitching lineup for the team’s first four exhibition games on Sunday, a list that doesn’t feature any of Boston’s big-name starters but plenty of their exciting prospects.
– Brandon Workman, who went 6-3 in 20 games pitched (including three starts) in 2013, will get the start against Northeastern on Thursday and is scheduled to throw two innings. Fellow prospect Henry Owens, a first-round pick in 2011, will toss two innings after Workman, followed by Noe Ramirez and Burke Badenhop.
– Later Thursday evening, Rubby De La Rosa, the key piece of Boston’s blockbuster trade with the Dodgers in August of 2012, will get the start and toss two innings against Boston College. He’ll be followed by two innings from Matt Barnes, a 2011 first-round pick out of UConn, with Miguel Celestino, Tommy Layne and Alex Wilson following Barnes.
– Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who went 11-5 between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2013, will get the start and toss two innings against the Minnesota Twins on Friday, followed by Dalier Hinojosa for two innings, with relievers Francisco Cordero and Andrew Miller then coming on in relief. For Miller, it will be his first game action since he suffered a season-ending foot injury on July 6, 2013.
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– Allen Webster, who also came over from the Dodgers along with De La Rosa, will get the start on Saturday against the Twins and will be followed by Drake Britton. Both are scheduled to throw two innings, with Brayan Villrareal and Jose Mijares following out of the bullpen.
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