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Hansen, Delcarmen to AAA, Graffanino a Royal

The final roster is becoming more and more evident in Red Sox camp. Craig Hansen and Manny Delcarmen were optioned to Pawtucket, while the Kansas City Royals picked up Tony Graffanino from the waiver-wire.

It's surprising that both Hansen and Delcarmen were optioned when the Sox don't know how the Julian Tavarez situation will play out. He could be gone five, ten or even more games, and Hansen or Delcarmen seem to be the pitchers that would take his spot on the roster.

No surprise with Graffanino going to Kansas City. I kind of get the feeling that they didn't want to trade him to us in the first place. Now they've got both Graffanino and Chip Ambres, so they should be pretty happy.

The Boston Globe has a shot by shot recap of the Tavarez fight. One thing comes to mind: Joey Gathright, Carl Crawford and Greg Norton are lucky that Trot Nixon and Gabe Kapler weren't there because they would have taken guys out left and right.

Watching this clip, though, it seems that Norton, at first, tries to hold Crawford back. But then he just gives up and tackles Tavarez himself, not allowing the star of the team to put himself in the midst of danger. Nice guy.

ROSTER SHAPING: FRANCONA UNVEILS LINEUP
Via the Boston Globe:

Vs. RHPs:
CF Coco Crisp
2B Mark Loretta
DH David Ortiz
LF Manny Ramírez
RF Trot Nixon
C Jason Varitek
3B Mike Lowell
1B Kevin Youkilis/J.T. Snow
SS Alex González

Vs. LHPs:
CF Coco Crisp
2B Mark Loretta
DH David Ortiz
LF Manny Ramírez
C Jason Varitek
3B Mike Lowell
RF Wily Mo Peña
1B Kevin Youkilis
SS Alex González

Looks solid to me. It scares me, however, that he lists under the right-handed lineup Youkilis/Snow. That tells me he's going to give Snow a lot of at-bats. I like Snow, but I don't want it to get to the point where Youkilis is only starting versus lefties.