FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking before the Red Sox' final Grapefruit League game, against the Nationals at City of Palms Park, relief pitcher Scott Schoeneweis confirmed that -- barring any last-minute waiver claims or trades -- he will be on the team's Opening Night roster. A little time later, Red Sox manager Terry Francona also spoke of the decision to add the lefty as the final pitcher on the team's 12-hurler staff.
With promotion of Schoeneweis to the big league roster, the Red Sox will be sending Joe Nelson to Triple A. Alan Embree also will begin in Pawtucket.
"I don't know if I can flat-out give you one thing because I don't think that would be fair to [Nelson]," Francona said of if there was a key factor in making the decision. "We're looking at organizational depth, and lefties. We went around the room, let everybody have their say. It was a tough decision. It was a very tough decision....
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After another frustrating home loss and the Bruins' second straight game without a regulation goal, B's coach Claude Julien and team leader Mark Recchi openly questioned the team's desire and heart. "We have to find ways to win these games," Recchi said. "We did in New Jersey because we had everyone in. Tonight, we didn't have everybody there, so the results are there."
Julien added that he was frustrated to see the team's best shooter, Michael Ryder, finish with zero shots on goal. "There's no doubt we have some players who could've been much better for us tonight," Julien said. "Ryder is probably our best shooter and ends up with zero shots. Those are the things we needed from those players."
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to a team source barring any last-minute waiver claims or trades lefty Scott Schoeneweis has earned the final spot on the Red Sox' roster. The 36-year-old fills out the Sox' pitching staff, which will carry 12 hurlers. Schoeneweis beat out Joe Nelson, who will likely start the season in Triple A Pawtucket, but will join the Red Sox for their exhibition game in Washington D.C. against the Nationals Saturday. The 25-man roster has to be turned into Major League Baseball by 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday.
The news was first reported by ESPN.com.
Both pitchers appeared in the Red Sox' 5-3 win over the Twins Thursday, with neither giving up a run in an inning of work. One factor working against Nelson was that he didn't have any options, along with an opt-out date of June 1 (when he can become a free agent if he isn't on the 25-man...
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