FORT MYERS, Fla. This afternoon's 6-0 victory against Boston College was unremarkable beyond it took only 100 minutes to complete.
But it was a good day for Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis.
Pedroia, who missed basically the final three months of last season with a broken foot, played two innings and was 0 for 1 with a walk. Youkilis, out the final two months of '10 with a thumb injury, was 1 for 1 with a three-run homer and a walk in two innings. He also made a nice diving play in the first inning.
I peaked too early with all the good stuff, Youkilis joked. It was good. It was fun to get back out there. You have to harness all that adrenalin in and work on things.
Youkilis said the big part for him was remembering his game-day routine and how best to get ready.
Pedroia wasn't challenged much beyond running to first in the second inning when he was thrown out by BC second baseman Anthony Melchionda, who made a nice play on a ball up the middle.
From the press box, it looked like Pedroia was running hard, but not full-out.
"I wasn't out there very long but I felt good. My foot felt good," Pedroia said. "My timing felt jacked-up, but that takes some time. ... I'll see how I feel tomorrow and come back the next day."
Youkilis will play tomorrow. Pedroia will not.
Terry Francona's take:
"Youk obviously took a real good swing. It's just nice to see both of them on the field, running around and looking healthy. ... It's exciting. It's exciting just seeing a game. I was excited to see (Will) Middlebrooks get in a game. You hear about this kid so much. Getting to watch him get an at-bat was fun."
Francona also commented on the pitchers who threw simulated games. Alfredo Aceves made an impression on him.
"Aceves is really at this point a good story. ... His stuff is good. He's a major-league pitcher Maybe we caught a break there. He's going to be really interesting."
The Sox had some fun, too. Ino Guerrero, their 50-year-old BP pitcher, pinch hit in the sixth inning and drew a walk.
"He's the first player now to be in a game nine decades," Francona said.