Brian Cashman called the Red Sox the best team in baseball and the team to beat. Terry Francona likes the praise but says his team hasn't accomplished anything yet.
McDonough will be the play-by-play announcer on Monday nights, and Garciaparra will be an analyst on Wednesday nights.
The March 31 game in Houston has been canceled, replaced by two split-squad games in Florida.
Brian Cashman says Boston's depth in starting pitching gives it the edge over the Yankees at the moment
The home opener against the Yankees will be a day game on Friday, April 8.