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March 31, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Fort Report: March 31

With Spring Training officially over, here is the final installment of the Fort Report.

Today's minor league notes:

  • Catcher Dan Butler had a moment he'll never forget in Boston's 10-0 win last night in Houston. He belted a 2-run home run in the ninth inning with his family in attendance.
  • On Tuesday, the Red Sox dealt reliever Daniel Turpen to the Colorado Rockies for catcher Mike McKenry. McKenry will serve as valuable Triple-A depth and is adept at throwing out base stealers and getting on base offensively. To make room for McKenry on the 40-man roster, catcher Mark Wagner was designated for assignment.
  • The Red Sox announced their new Spring Training home in Lee County will be named JetBlue Park. The park will open next season and marks the end of a nineteen-year run for the team at City of Palms Park.
  • Pawtucket broadcaster Dan Hoard learned that Alfredo Aceves will be the opening day starter for the PawSox. In yesterday's Triple-A contest vs the Norfolk Tides (BAL), Aceves hurled five perfect innings, striking out nine.
  • Hoard also learned that outfielder Bubba Bell has been traded to Cleveland. The return to the Red Sox has yet to be announced. In the same article, Hoard sits down with Zach Daeges, who talks about how a rash of injuries has put a wrench into his career.
  • Speaking of the PawSox, they toppled the Durham Bulls (TB) on Tuesday 7-2. Big days from Yamaico Navarro and Juan Carlos Linares helped lead the offensive charge.
  • WEEI's Alex Speier reports that Boston has yet to decide where Jose Iglesias will open 2011. They are currently contemplating either Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket.
  • Speier's also caught up with Felix Doubront, who is progressing nicely after experiencing elbow issues earlier in camp. Speier also provides some video of Brandon Workman pitching to fellow Red Sox minor leaguers, displaying his cutter which proves to be a menace to opposing hitters. Speier also indicates that Garin Cecchini has an outside shot at being placed at a full season affiliate and that Sean Coyle will mostly likely start in Greenville.
  • As rosters began to be finalized, the Red Sox made some more cuts in the past few days, releasing Lenny Dinardo, Jorge Jimenez, Bryan Peterson, Ryne Miller and Eric Curtis.
  • Elizabeth Dreeson had a chance to view Jason Garcia, who has lost 15 lbs during the offseason and added some velocity to his fastball.
  • Minor leaguers who saw game action with the major league squad the past few days include: Nate Spears, Drew Sutton, Dan Butler, Blake Maxwell, Alex Hassan, Jorge Padron, and Paul Hoover.