It’s Spring Training, but it ain’t spring. That won’t be the case for another couple weeks, and Mother Nature won’t let us forget it because — not despite — what we’ve done to her. In happier news, the Red Sox will play the Orioles at 6:05 p.m. tonight at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers and we’ll watch from under layers of Red Sox gear. The secret is double socks. Trust me.
Kyle Kendrick starts for the Sox after impressing against the Braves earlier this week in David Price’s spot. He’s still trying to rebound from a 6.32 ERA last season with Colorado, so I’m going to curb my enthusiasm, but there’s better than a snowball’s chance in hell that Kendrick contributes to the Sox this year, so he’s worth watching if you’re trying to stay warm by the NESN-light.
Also worth watching are the Boston Red Sox who will play tonight, listed below. Andrew Benintendi bats third, and it’s something that might stick as the season progresses, which would be sorta magic if he can pull it off. I believe.
- Marco Hernandez, SS
- Chris Young, LF
- Andrew Benintendi, CF
- Hanley Ramirez, DH
- Sam Travis, 1B
- Blake Swihart, C
- Josh Rutledge, 3B
- Bryce Brentz, RF
- Deven Marrero, 2B
SP: Kyle Kendrick
Available out of the Sox bullpen tonight are Joe Kelly, Austin Maddox, Edgar Olmos, Chandler Shepherd and Marcus Walden. The Orioles have Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound, which means it might be free baseball night in the bleachers. Double lucky for the warm Floridians.
Finally, I saw KONG: SKULL ISLAND today, and I think it captured the nuances of my Martha’s Vineyard childhood quite nicely. Really nailed the giant ape stuff. Talk about the game, the movie, giant apes and whatever else in the comments below.