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Notes from Red Sox Camp: Early Spring Rotation Set

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell set his pitching rotation for the first several spring training games this morning.

On Tuesday, Clay Buchholz and Rick Porcello will face Northeastern University, with Wade Miley getting the starting nod against Boston College in the second of two seven inning games that day.

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Rick Porcello with Wade Miley – Photo Credit: Barbara Boxleitner

After Wednesday’s first scheduled off day of the spring, Joe Kelly will start Thursday night’s contest on the road against the Minnesota Twins at the newly revamped CenturyLink Sports Complex, while Justin Masterson‘s return to the Red Sox begins when he starts Boston’s Grapefruit League home opener against the Miami Marlins at jetBlue Park.

The Red Sox major league squad worked out on the Fenway south complex fields Friday and finished early so a number of players could compete in the 22nd annual Children’s Hospital Celebrity Golf Classic. Boston’s minor league early mini-camp players worked out in jetBlue Park for the first time this spring.

Among the Red Sox minor leaguers working out Friday morning in the stadium were catchers Devon Fisher, Jordan Procyshen, JT Watkins, and new signee Luis Martinez, infielders Nick Moore, Rafael Devers, Jordan Betts, Mauricio Dubon, Nick Longhi, and Victor Acosta, Outfielders Kevin Heller, Manuel Margot, Cole Sturgeon, Mike Meyers, Bryan Hudson, and Danny Mars, and pitchers Trey Ball, Austin Maddox, Josh Pennington, Ty Buttrey, Jacob Dahlstrand, Dayan Diaz, Kevin Steen, Robby Scott, Kyle Kraus, Pat Light, Mike Augliera and Madison Younginer.

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Nick Moore and Devon Fisher – Photo Credit: Barbara Boxleitner

Former Red Sox infielder Derrik Gibson is in the Baltimore Orioles minor league mini-camp in Sarasota, and ex-Boston infielder Ryan Dent is with the Chicago Cubs in Arizona. Jervenski Johnson, an outfielder who spent some time in the Red Sox system signed with the Miami Marlins this week and reports to their minor league camp in Jupiter.

In other news, Tigers righthander Chad Smith, designated for assignment after Detroit’s signing of Joba Chamberlain, was acquired by the Oakland Athletics. The Diamondbacks signed ex Giants and Blue Jays righthander Jeremy Accardo, and the Pittsburgh Pirates added former Nationals infielder Drew Rossi, son of longtime scout Phil Rossi, himself once an former infielder in the Cubs organization.

Also Friday, the Kansas City Royals announced they have added non-roster catcher Zane Evans, a Georgia Tech product to their major league spring training camp.

Padres shortstop Trea Turner, rumored to be the player to be named later in San Diego’s offseason three team deal with Washington and Tampa Bay for Wil Myers has been added to the Padres list of non-roster invitees to major league camp. Turner cannot officially be dealt to the Nationals until June as he was chosen in last year’s draft.

A number of national baseball writers have been making their way through spring training camps thus far, and today Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal arrived at Red Sox camp.

Brian Mullen

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Brian Mullen

Brian is a Boston native and art school student who took a summer job with a baseball team and never left. He has been employed by the Boston Red Sox in one capacity or another since 1982. He also follows and blogs college basketball. Follow him on Twitter @BostonBrian2015