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    Red Sox spring training report

    A daily recap from camp as the Sox prepare for their first exhibition game Thursday.

     SUNDAY’S WEATHER: Not that we’re expecting any sympathy back home, but it was 46 degrees and windy when the workout started. It warmed up a bit, but not much.

     MEDICAL REPORT: Clay Buchholz (right hamstring) was back on the field for some half-speed drills. He will throw off the mound Monday. Felix Doubront (left shoulder) is set to throw early this week, too. Mike Napoli (hips) took 50 grounders at first base.

     FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The Sox had pop-up drills for their infielders and outfielders. The wind made for some long runs and twisting catches. The pitchers were on another field working on bunt defense. They made it into a competition and the intensity was pretty robust for a weekend day in spring training.


     THUMBS UP: Lyle Overbay, in camp on a minor league deal, is a solid first baseman. With Napoli off to the side watching, he was with the starters and fit in seamlessly . . . Napoli showed all-field power in batting practice, particularly to left . . . John Lackey looked sharp during live batting practice, keeping his fastball down. It’s still early, but he has been a revelation so far.

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     THUMBS DOWN: Pedro Ciriaco, who was playing shortstop, let a couple of pop-ups drop. Another fell between Ciriaco and third baseman Will Middlebrooks. But the wind and a high sky didn’t make it easy . . . David Ortiz had on his uniform, a hooded sweat shirt, and a jacket to combat the chill. This is a guy who has played in Boston for 10 years? Toughen up, Big Papi.

     AROUND THE BASES: With school vacation, the Sox had their largest crowd since camp opened. The team said more than 5,000 fans attended the workout and the open house at JetBlue Park . . . The Sox have a doubleheader against Northeastern and Boston College on Thursday. The plan is to use 14 relievers, one inning each . . . The Sox had Photo Day before the workout and stayed in their home whites . . . Ortiz appropriated one of the equipment carts and drove it from field to field. How does he get one and not the manager? “He’s been here longer,” John Farrell said.

     SCHEDULE: The Sox have three more workouts before the college doubleheader. They’ll be on the field at 9:30 a.m. Monday.