Young Sox pitchers will take mound on Thursday

Young Sox pitchers will take mound on Thursday
February 26, 2014, 4:30 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After about two weeks of workouts -- official and otherwise -- it's time for the games to begin for the Red Sox.
     
On Thursday, the Red Sox will play their annual college doubleheader at JetBlue Park, with games against Northeastern and Boston College.
     
"At this point in time in camp," said manager John Farrell, "you run through the team fundamentals, individual defense, all those things, and guys are looking forward to getting games started."
     
In the college games, the Sox will use almost exclusively young pitchers, with Brandon Workman and Henry Owens each getting two innings of work. Against BC, Rubby De La Rosa and Matt Barnes will pitch two frames each.
     
More Red Sox regulars will take part in the first game (vs. Northeastern), with Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz and Xander Boagerts scheduled for two at-bats.
     
In the later game against BC, Grady Sizemore will be among those getting some playing time.
     
When the Sox open their Grapefruit League schedule against Minnesota on Friday, Anthony Ranaudo will start. On Saturday, when the Twins host the Sox, Allen Webster will go.
     
Felix Doubront will face Baltimore on Sunday with Jake Peavy getting the assignment against Pittsburgh in Bradenton. Clay Buchholz is the starter Tuesday when the Sox host Tampa Bay.
     
To date, veterans Jon Lester and John Lackey, who being held back because of their workloads deep into last October, have not been scheduled for their first spring outings.