FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The lineup the Red Sox used for Monday night's Grapefruit League contest against the Yankees could look a lot like the one that manager Terry Francona posts Opening Day against Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson on April 1.
Jacoby Ellsbury led off, and he was followed by Dustin Pedroia, Carl Crawford, Kevin Youkilis, Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, Mike Cameron, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Marco Scutaro.
Eight of those nine will be primary starters during the season. Right fielder J.D. Drew was the only regular not in Monday's lineup.
As far as lineup alignment, the main question will probably center on what order Youkilis and Gonzalez hit in.
Despite having Youkilis fourth and Gonzalez fifth on Monday, Francona said not to read too much into that just yet.
"I don't know. I really don't know," Francona said. "We'll see. I honestly don't know. If you have Gonzalez hitting fifth, most likely you're going to have Gonzalez-David-J.D., so I don't know if I want to do [three lefties in a row] either. We'll see."
At least in Spring Training, Francona has stuck with an Ellsbury-Pedroia-Crawford grouping at the top when the three played on the same day.
Buchholz, Wakefield throw simulated game
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Prior to Monday night's game against the Yankees, Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield got their work in, pitching against each other in a simulated game on the backfield at City of Palms Park.
Buchholz fired 40 pitches over three innings, while Wakefield threw 37 pitches over a two-inning stint. Jose Iglesias, Josh Reddick and Mark Wagner hit against them.
The reason Buchholz didn't pitch against the Yankees is because he faced them 10 days ago, and the Red Sox didn't want to give New York too many early looks at him.
Buchholz used the simulation as a way to work on his curveball.
"It felt good," said Buchholz. "I wanted to work on going out there and throwing some curveballs, flipping them first pitch and then switching arm angles and then throwing it in the dirt. I accomplished that, and that was basically what I wanted to go out there and do, so I felt good."
With the Red Sox having split-squad games on Friday, Buchholz will pitch the 1:05 p.m. ET home game against the Tigers, while Wakefield will pitch at Port Charlotte in a 7:05 game against the Rays.
Buchholz said he hasn't been told yet when he will pitch first in the regular season. Manager Terry Francona hasn't announced his Opening Day starter yet, though Jon Lester seems like the leading candidate.
Red Sox helping in earthquake relief efforts
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox are encouraging fans to support those affected by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week.
Led by Japanese pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima, the club is encouraging fans to make donations through the Red Sox Foundation. All proceeds will be directed to the Red Cross relief efforts underway in Japan.
Matsuzaka, Okajima, Junichi Tazawa and Minor Leaguer Itsuki Shoda all greeted fans at the gate prior to Monday night's game against the Yankees to personally collect donations. The four Japanese pitchers will be at the gate accepting more donations before Thursday's home game
The Red Sox Foundation committed to donate $50,000, and Matsuzaka, Okajima, Tazawa and Shoda are each making personal donations.
Matsuzaka and Okajima recorded video messages in Japanese and English expressing support to Japan.
"Japan has been brave fighting through damages caused by the earthquake and tsunami," Matsuzaka said in the video message.
"We are especially concerned with all those who are missing and are waiting to be rescued," said Okajima. "And we pray for their safe return to their family and friends."
Fans can log on to www.redsoxfoundation.org to make a tax deductible donation via credit card online or by mail via check/money order. Checks should be made out to "Red Sox Foundation/Japan Relief" and sent to Red Sox Foundation, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, Mass., 02215.