SARASOTA, Fla. — That's 10 spring training losses in a row for the Red Sox, who fell to 12-19-1.
Depending on what happens with Matt Albers and Dennys Reyes, there were 6-8 players on this trip who will be on the 25-man roster come April 1, so don't read too much into it.
The Sox led 3-1 through seven innings then put a career minor leaguer named Santo Luis on the mound. Facing five players who will be on Baltimore's Opening Day lineup, he gave up five straight hits and three runs.
Francona is a little annoyed. But he understands how spring training works.
"You're talking to a guy who cheats when he plays his kids in Monopoly," he said. "So I want to win. You try to do what you're supposed to. You want to play the game right. We'd all rather win than lose. I don't think it's creating an atmosphere of panic. Sometimes you put some young kids out there. Like the kid Luis, I was hoping he'd throw strikes. He threw strikes but they hit the ball."
Matt Albers allowed a run on three hits and two walks in his 1.1 innings. Dennys Reyes gave up a walk and a single before getting three quick outs. They have no received word on their status, although it seems likely Reyes is on the team after being signed to a major league contract yesterday.
“I’ve kind of been through it before,” Albers said. “It’s in the back of your head even though it’s coming up pretty soon. You just try and put it out of your mind and pitch.”