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Bradley watch continues at the Fort

3/30/2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good morning from the Fort, where the Jackie Bradley Jr. watch remains in full effect, and where the city is enduring a hoops hangover following Florida Gulf Coast University's 62-50 loss Friday night to Florida in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Bradley Jr. arrived to JetBlue Park wearing a blue button-down shirt and a charcoal suit, sure signs he will be heading north and breaking camp with the team, although nothing has been made official yet.

"Everybody else is all dressed up, so I might as well join them," Bradley Jr. said.

Bradley Jr. had a contingency of seven family members, including fiancé Erin Heiring and father Jackie Bradley Sr., cut short their week-long stay in Fort Myers by one day. They planned on leaving town first thing this morning, driving back home to Richmond, Va., and then having time to make it to Yankee Stadium at 1 p.m. Monday should Bradley Jr. in fact make the team.

Bradley Jr. isn't in the starting lineup for today's 1:35 p.m. spring training finale at JetBlue Park against the Minnesota Twins. Why risk injury to him on the last day of fake games, if the Red Sox are serious about adding Bradley Jr. to the 40-man and 25-man rosters?

There will be more on this later after manager John Farrell's morning briefing with the media.

Here is the Red Sox starting lineup for today's game:

CF Jacoby Ellsbury

RF Shane Victorino

2B Dustin Pedroia

1B Mike Napoli

3B Will Middlebrooks

C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

LF Jonny Gomes

DH Daniel Nava

SS Jose Iglesias

LHP Felix Doubront