Red Sox Notebook: Mirabelli's Back

The Red Sox agreed to terms Wednesday with catcher Doug Mirabelli on a one-year contract for the 2008 season. No further details of the deal were disclosed, but The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald each reported earlier this month that Mirabelli would make $550,000 with incentives that could bring the total worth of the deal to $1 million.

Mirabelli, who became a free agent after the 2007 season, will return for his eighth season with the Red Sox. The 37-year-old catcher batted .202 with five homers and 16 RBI in 48 games with Boston in 2007. He started 33 games behind the plate, missing time with a strained right calf muscle (August 17-31) and a strained left hamstring (September 6-16). Mirabelli committed just one error in 214 chances and threw out ten of 45 runners (22.2%) attempting to steal, his best caught steal percentage since 2002.

Originally acquired from Texas in June 2001, Mirabelli has spent all but the first month of the 2006 season with Boston since that time. He has been Tim Wakefield's regular catcher for much of his Red Sox tenure and was behind the plate for 28 of the knuckleballer's 31 starts in 2007, missing the other three due to his injuries.

Overall, Mirabelli has a .231 batting average with 58 homers and 206 RBI in 566 career major league games with San Francisco (1996-2000), Texas (2001), San Diego (2006), and Boston (2001-07).

With Mirabelli's signing, the Red Sox have 38 players on their major league roster.


Game Information Announced For Japan Series: Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima appeared at a press conference announcing game information for the Ricoh Japan Opening Series Wednesday (Tuesday night ET) in Tokyo.

The Sox' schedule in Japan will be as follows:

Saturday, March 22: Exhibition game with Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dome, 12:07 p.m. Japan Time (11:07 p.m. March 21 ET)

Sunday, March 23: Exhibition game with Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome, 7:07 p.m. Japan Time (6:07 a.m. ET)

Tuesday, March 25: Major League Regular Season Opener with Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome, 7:07 p.m. Japan Time (6:07 a.m. ET)

Wednesday, March 26: Regular Season Game with Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome, 7:07 p.m. Japan Time (6:07 a.m. ET)

The general public ticket on-sale for all four Red Sox games in Tokyo begins on Saturday, February 9. Information is available by calling 011-81-3-5777-8600 between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. ET. More specific ticket information is expected to be available through Major League Baseball in the near future.

In addition, Fenway Sports Group, through its Red Sox Destinations program, has put together a full travel package for Red Sox fans who wish to attend the Japan Opening Series. Fenway Sports Group has been designated an Official Sports Travel Provider of Major League Baseball for this series.

The trip to Japan features seats at the March 23, 25, and 26 games at the Tokyo Dome as well as numerous amenities. Standard Red Sox Destination packages to Japan start at $4,999 and are now available.

Upgraded packages including business class seating on the charter flight, a suite at the hotel and premium game tickets are also available on a limited basis. For more information, visit redsox.com/redsoxdestinations, call (617) 226-6400 or e-mail travel@fenwaysportsgroup.com.

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