Midday report: Nervous eye on the sky

JUPITER, Fla. -- Greetings from the Atlantic side of the great state of Florida, where Palm Beach County is under a tornado watch all afternoon, the weather radar map is filled with ominous swatches of green and yellow, but your heroes are taking batting practice in anticipation of an exhibition game against the Miami Marlins.

“We’re in jeopardy at a point," manager John Farrell said of the chance of a washout. “It just depends on when it gets here. Whether it’s right at 1 o’clock, or 2 o’clock.

“If you recall, in 2008, we had to come back for a makeup game."

No recollection here.

“We haven’t forgotten," Farrell said.

Not that many of the regular Sox players would be inconvenienced by a rainout. Jackie Bradley Jr. is the only position player in the Sox lineup who remotely resembles a regular, and it’s not much different on the pitching side, with Allen Webster making the start. That will come as a disappointment to the legions of Sox fans on this side.

“You’re dealing with travel, you’re dealing with availability of players, you’re dealing with what we’re trying to get done," Farrell said, alluding to the MLB preference that teams bring a minimum of four regulars on the road.

“Today is a huge day for our entire infield, with Brian (Butterfield, infield coach) back at home, and we earmark this day on the calendar to do just that. The integrity of the game, and for what the fans pay in order to come and see, you take that into account, but still our team is our priority and the individual needs our guys have. That’s where we are."

Here are the lineups. And take our word for it: With the exception of the DH, which they don’t use in the National League, and at first base, where Garrett Jones is getting the day off, the Marlins are playing their “A” team, which includes former Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamaccchia.

Red Sox

1. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

2. Alex Hassan, LF

3. Garin Cecchini, 3B

4. Ryan Lavarnway, C

5. Travis Shaw, 1B

6. Brandon Snyder, DH

7. Bryce Brentz, RF

8. Deven Marrero, SS

9. Heiker Meneses, 2B

Allen Webster, RHP


1. Rafael Furcal, 2B

2. Christian Yelich, LF

3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF

4. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

5. Marcell Ozuna, CF

6. Casey McGehee, 3B

7. Greg Dobbs, DH

8. Ed Lucas, 1B

9. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

Nathan Eovaldi, RHP