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Red Sox Make 2011 TV Debut Against Yankees Friday Night

It's been more than 150 days since the Red Sox last played baseball on television. That will all change Friday night at 7:05 EST, when NESN will bring the viewers at home their first look at the 2011 Red Sox as they take on the New York Yankees. This isn't just the players doing exercises in the field, or taking batting practice, or throwing a simulated game. This will be nine full innings of Red Sox baseball.

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Sort of...

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We will see Clay Buchholz. And a few of the players who will grace the 25-man roster out of camp will be with the team. But sadly absent are the new stars in Adrian Gonzalez (who is only just now returning to batting practice) and Carl Crawford. There will be no Youkilis, Pedroia, or David Ortiz either, as the stars have managed to dodge a spring training bus trip.

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Who will be there? Some of the Sox' stars in the making.

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Us Sox fans might get to see Jose Iglesias flash some leather. Scouts everywhere have marveled over his glove as one of the best they've ever seen. We might see Ryan Kalish make a play, hit a homer, or steal a base--he's quite capable of all three. Or maybe we'll just check in on Jed Lowrie's attempt to carry his world-beating hot streak into 2011.

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It's the Red Sox! It's the Yankees! It's a chance to see Bartolo Colon get knocked around by a bunch of minor leaguers! Who could ask for more in March?

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