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Alvarez, Tabata inching closer

BRADENTON, Fla. — GM Neal Huntington didn’t offer a specific timetable for when Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata should make the final step up to Pittsburgh, but indicated neither player is very far away.

“Both showed some things to really be excited about this spring,” Huntington said this morning, after Alvarez and Tabata were optioned to Triple-A Indy. “But both also showed there’s some development left. In Pedro’s case, he’s going to get everybody’s left-handed situational guy, so the left-on-left approach (at the plate) is going to be really important for his big-picture future success. In Jose’s case, just continued maturation and development, the focus from pitch to pitch, which is a challenge at times for any 21-year-old.”

– Six non-roster players — infiedler Doug Bernier, outfielder Jonathan Van Every and rehabbing pitchers Tyler Yates, Neat Cotts, Craig Hansen and Jimmy Barthmaier — were reassigned to minor league camp.

Lineups for today’s game:

Red Sox – 1. Mike Cameron cf, 2. Dustin Pedroia 2b, 3. Victor Martinez 1b, 4. David Ortiz dh, 5. Jason Varitek c, 6. Jeremy Hermida lf, 7. Bill Hall ss, 8. Tug Hulett 3b, 9. Josh Reddicl rf. Josh Beckett rhp

Pirates – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Ronny Cedeno ss, 3. Aki Iwamura 2b, 4. Garrett Jones dh, 5. Ryan Doumit c, 6. Lastings Milledge lf, 7. Jeff Clement 1b, 8. Andy LaRoche 3b, 9. Delwyn Young rf. Paul Maholm lhp

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