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Final: Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4

Posted by Amalie Benjamin  March 16, 2009 01:10 PM

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BARD BATTLES (2:33, END 5, Sox 4-3)
It wasn't exactly a smooth outing, but Daniel Bard got out of it unscathed. He allowed a long double over the head of Jacoby Ellsbury in center, but Joe Inglett tried to stretch it into a triple and was cut down at third. Then Aaron Hill followed with a double and, after a ground out, Lyle Overbay walked. But Bard caught Jose Bautista looking to end the inning. B.J. Ryan is in for the Blue Jays.

HOMER HAPPY (2:21, MIDDLE 5, Sox 4-3)
This time it was Chris Carter going deep off the scoreboard in left to break the tie between the Sox and Blue Jays. Roy Halladay has thrown all five innings so far. For the Sox, Daniel Bard is going to get another inning. Drew has been taken out of the game, with Paul McAnulty entering in left and Jeff Bailey heading over to right.

TIE SCORE (2:11, END 4, 3-3)
Though Daniel Bard did give up a run for Justin Masterson, he limited the damage in the inning. He started by striking out Travis Snider looking in a tough at bat, then followed with the run-scoring single by Raul Chavez, then got John McDonald to softly line out to second base.

MASTERSON OUT (2:05, BOTTOM 4, Sox 3-2)
After allowing a single and a double, leaving men on second and third, Justin Masterson came out of the game. He had thrown 59 pitches, 34 for strikes. In an interesting move, he was replaced by Daniel Bard, who hasn't been in many tough situations this spring. He's mostly mowed down batters, and hasn't dealt with a lot of men on base. It's likely the team wants to see how he deals with adversity -- as Terry Francona has mentioned might be good -- and so used this situation to test him.

OUTTA HERE (1:49, MIDDLE 3, Sox 3-2)
Sorry for the break, there were interivews that needed to be done. You've missed home runs by Jeff Bailey and Jed Lowrie, with Lowrie going opposite field from the left side of the plate, and a two-run shot by Travis Snider off Justin Masterson.

SOX TAKE ROY (1:11, TOP 1, Sox 1-0)
The Sox got a quick one run off Roy Halladay, with Jacoby Ellsbury scoring on a double to right field by Jed Lowrie. Ellsbury got on with a single up the middle.

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