FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez indicated from spring training that while he would like to discuss a long-term deal with Boston, there have been no extension talks as he prepares to begins the final season under his contract.


"I already told them through my agent that I was going to be more than happy to [talk] before the season," Martinez said. "It's all up to them. ... [There's been] nothing 'til now."


FORT MYERS, Fla. — The elements in Fort Myers conspired against Jonathan Papelbon on Sunday, with repercussions beyond a single bad day at the office.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox have sold more than 2.6 million tickets for the 2010 season, with sales roughly matching those of a year ago at this time, according to Red Sox Chief Operating Officer Sam Kennedy.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jonathan Papelbon, who was battling a migraine headache, allowed six runs - five earned - and retired just one batter as the Houston Astros beat the Red Sox, 10-7, on Sunday at City of Palms Park. Papelbon allowed three doubles, walked one and hit a batter in the seventh inning as the Astros rallied for the rain-shortened win. The game was called after a heavy rains, thunder and lightning raced through Fort Myers in the bottom of the eighth. Jon Lester started for the Red Sox, going 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, three runs, striking out seven and walking none.

According to, there are "strong indications" that the momentum is building towards a deal between the Twins and 2009 American League MVP Joe Mauer. The report stated that Mauer's agent, Ron Shapiro, was seen on Sunday afternoon in the airport in Fort Myers, a city in which both the Red Sox and Twins reside. While Mauer would become the object of a huge free-agent bidding war, multiple industry sources expect that a deal between him and the Twins will get done.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Marlins returned Rule 5 draftee Jorge Jimenez to the Red Sox on Sunday. The 25-year-old third baseman had been selected by the Astros in the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 10, and then was traded to Florida as part of a deal for reliever Matt Lindstrom. But the Marlins decided that they could not keep the infielder on their major league roster all season, and so sent him back to Boston for $25,000 (the Sox having received $50,000 from Houston when Jimenez was selected).


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 32 pitches in a minor league intersquad game at the Red Sox minor league complex on Sunday morning. The right-hander threw 12 pitches in the first and then retired the side in order in the second on three ground balls. Matsuzaka then stayed on the mound with runners on base to allow him to work from the stretch. The day ended with a double play ball. Pitching coach John Farrell and general manager Theo Epstein were among the Red Sox staffers on hand to watch.


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka threw two scoreless innings against Red Sox minor leaguers in camp on Sunday. He then worked out of a simulated jam by getting an inning-ending double play. In all, he threw 32 pitches, 18 for strikes. Barring any physical setback, he will then pitch in his first big league game of the spring on Thursday. Matsuzaka will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday and then is scheduled to pitch in relief of Tim Wakefield two days later.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pitcher Alan Embree signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on Saturday that calls for him to make a $500,000 salary if he is added to the major league roster. His deal includes an opt-out if he is not added to the major league roster by April 15.


"I haven't had a spring training. Let's not be silly about this and go and jump into it," said Embree. "If I am ready [at the start of the season], so be it. If I'm not, we have a little bit of a grace period."


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three against the Orioles' split squad team. Wakefield needed just 65 pitches to sail through his outing, and so he went to the bullpen and logged an additional 25 pitches while trying to simulate two more innings after leaving the game.