Okajima and Aceves optioned to Pawtucket


Okajima and Aceves optioned to Pawtucket

Matt Albers and Dennys Reyes are in, and Hideki Okajima and Alfredo Aceves are out as the Red Sox made their final roster cuts to 25 on Monday.

Okajima, the veteran left-hander who has been a mainstay in the Boston bullpen since 2007, was optioned to Pawtucket along with Aceves, the right-hander signed after he was non-tendered by the Yankees. Albers and Reyes were both offseason pickups, and made the team based on their work in the exhibition season.

The roster:

STARTING PITCHERS (5): Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

RELIEVERS (7): Jonathan Paplebon, Daniel Bard, Bobby Jenks, Dan Wheeler, Tim Wakefield, Dennys Reyes, and Matt Albers.

CATCHERS (2): Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek.

INFIELDERS (6): Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Marco Scutaro, and Jed Lowrie.

OUTFIELDERS (5): Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, J.D. Drew, Mike Cameron, and Darnell McDonald.

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez


Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.