Smoltz to take on Tiger

Rob Bradford
March 30, 2009 - 8:43 am

KISSIMMEEE, Fla. -- The big news coming out of the Red Sox clubhouse (besides the fact I had a Gyro for lunch today in honor of Daisuke's start) is that John Smoltz made the trip to visit with his old teammates, the Braves. (Please check out Alex Speier's excellent story on the story behind the Braves originally acquiring Smoltz.) More on that later. But while the visit served a purpose in terms of offering some communication with the Atlanta folks, there was another huge draw when it came to the pitcher making the trip -- he is going to take on Tiger Woods in golf today. In case you didn't know, Smoltz and Woods have formed a friendship over the years, so the meeting isn't all that out of the ordinary. The hurler is perhaps getting Woods at a time when he might be letting his guard down, having just won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, Sunday.  As for the Red Sox, no real news came out of manager Terry Francona's morning media briefing other than it looks as though J.D. Drew will be slotted into the lineup's No. 5 spot more times than not, with Mike Lowell and Jason Bay being rotated in the sixth and seventh slots. Red Sox minor leaguers who figure to be finding the field in the later portion of the day are: Pitchers T.J. Large, Enrique Gonzalez, Fernando Cabrera, Bryce Cox, and Christopher Province; Catcher Mark Wagner; Infielders Anthony Rizzo, Kristopher Negron, Ryan Dent, and Aaron Reza; Outfielder Jeff Corsaletti.