Final score: Red Sox 14, Orioles 6
Sox improve to 14-14-1 with three games left. Oh, the drama.
Bottom of the 9th: Red Sox 14, Orioles 6
It's hard to see how the Red Sox, in good conscience, could take Embree as he just allowed four runs in the ninth including a long homer by Ty Wigginton.
Bottom of the 9th: Red Sox 14, Orioles 2
Rumor has it that Scott Schoeneweis gave up a run but my sources have not yet been able to confirm that. But somebody gave up a run in the eighth inning. Alan Embree is pitching the bottom of the ninth for the Sox.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 14, Orioles 1
Kevin Frandsen's grand slam has blown this game wide open. Lester has thrown seven innings and is surely done for the day. Off to the clubhouse we go.
Bottom of the 5th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 1
Nick Cafardo was in Fort Myers to see Papelbon pitch in the minor league game. He passed along these priceless quotes:
“It was just tough out there for me, the whole setting, getting ready to pitch,” Papelbon said. “Personally for me it was like throwing live BP. I still got great work in. ... You deal with a different way of life down here, man. It was like I was pitching in Zombieland. It was different and then the first two guys I faced I don't think their combined height was 6 feet. How am I supposed to throw a strike to these dudes?”
If there is a Zombieland, Papelbon would be their king.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 1
Martinez didn't miss his third homer by much, driving a ball to the track in center with two runners on and two outs in the top of the inning.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 1
Lester walked Reimold with one out but got Scott to bounce into an easy 4-6-3 double play. Lester is working on a two-hitter through four innings.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 1
Lin singled (he's 2 for 2), Scutaro was hit by a pitch and Pedroia singled to load the bases. Martinez then deposited a Jim Johnson pitch over the wall in dead center for his second homer.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 1
Atkins walked, Izturis had an infield hit and Pie had an RBI grounder.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0
Drew singled in the run. Meanwhile, this update from Fort Myers:
Papelbon in a minor-league game against the Twins: 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts. 26 pitches, 16 strikes.
Okajima in a minor-league game against the Twins: 1 inning, 2 hits, 2 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout. 20 pitches, 14 strikes.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0
Pedroia singled and Martinez homered. Those of you wondering where the offense will come from will notice his being on the roster all year. Youkilis doubled and is now at third after Ortiz grounded out.
End of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Lester cruised through the second. He's looks pretty much set for the Yankees at this point. His stuff has gotten steadily sharper all spring, especially his fastball command.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Ortiz dropped an opposite-field double on the line in left, maybe a foot inside. Drew walked before Lowell doubled to left. He's 3 for his last 4. Reddick's sac fly made it 2-0 and Lin just singled Lowell to third. Ben McDonald is quiet now.
End of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Lester allowed a leadoff double by Roberts as the ball landed between Youkilis and the bag. But Pie popped to center, Markakis lined to center and Tejada fanned swinging. Meanwhile, MASN broadcaster Ben McDonald is sitting in the press box eating peanuts and cheering like crazy for the Orioles. Can't say I've ever seen Jim Rice do that.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Pedroia reached on a wild pitch while striking out but Martinez and Youkilis grounded to second.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Greetings from Sarasota. Jason Berken is about to throw the first pitch. 70 degrees and sunny here. Eddie Murray, the great Orioles slugger, is sitting two seats away in the press box.
Two roster moves: Boof Bonser was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26 with a right groin strain. IJed Lowrie was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26 with mononucleosis.