First game a wash
After enjoying nothing but sunshine for the first 10 days of spring training, rain wiped out the Cactus League opener at Camelback Ranch.
Pitchers are staying on the schedule mapped out with an eye toward Opening Day. Saturday’s scheduled starter Reynaldo Lopez worked on the side, and righty Dylan Cease now will start the first game of spring Sunday against the Reds in Goodyear. The forecast is sunny with a high of 65.
Here was manager Rick Renteria’s planned lineup against the Angels: Luis Robert CF, Tim Anderson SS, Jose Abreu 1B, Nomar Mazara RF, Eloy Jimenez LF, Daniel Palka DH, James McCann C, Cheslor Cuthbert 3B, Leury Garcia 2B, Reynaldo Lopez P.
Renteria likely will use a different lineup Sunday against the Reds.
Giolito’s first side session
Unofficial Opening Day starter Lucas Giolito, slowed by a strained chest muscle, threw his first bullpen session as scheduled. Giolito said he feels “100 percent” healthy.
“I had a nice warmup in our new pitching lab [under a roof],” Giolito said. “Great facility. Simulated long toss into the net and threw 20 pitches off the hill, and it felt very good. I’m right on track. I was happy with my command of my heater. Offspeed pitches felt good coming out. Couldn’t ask for more.”
Sox at Reds, Goodyear, 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Cease vs. Vladimir Gutierrez. Also scheduled to pitch: Carson Fulmer, Jose Ruiz, Ross Detwiler, Matt Tomshaw, Bryan Mitchell, prospect Tyler Johnson.