Farrell will go with only relievers against collegians

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox will play their first exhibition games on Thursday -- seven-inning games against Northeastern University and Boston College.

However, you aren't likely to see any starting pitchers in those games. Instead, manager John Farrell will start wheeling his rotation out with the start of Grapefruit League games on Saturday.

"On the two college games, that will serve as somewhat of an intrasquad type game for us," said Farrell. "You'll see a number of guys go to the mound for one inning. Mostly guys that are in camp as relievers on those first two days. You'll probably see 14 different pitchers run to the mound on Thursday."

The regular position players will be divided between the two games, probably getting about two at-bats each.