FORT MYERS, Fla. — Good afternoon from JetBlue Park, where it looks like a sellout on a beautiful day.
Here's the NU lineup against Jon Lester, who is set for two innings:
Aaron Barbosa RF
Tucker Roeder C
Matt Miller LF
Jon Leroux DH
Pete Castoldi 2B
Jason Roth 1B
Ricky Salvucci 3B
Oliver Hart SS
Connor Lyons CF
Pitching: RHP Sam Berg
Hang out here for updates. Keep in mind that occasional visits to the clubhouse are required during spring training. But we'll have everything you need to know.
Middle of the 1st" Northeastern 0, Red Sox 0: Lester grabbed a shot up the middle by Barbosa, making a nice play on the one-hopper. He struck out lefty swinging Roeder and then got Miller in a fly ball to center. 7 pitches, 5 strikes.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Northeastern 0: Iglesias fouled off a bunt attempt and struck out swinging. Sam Berg will always have that going for him. Ellsbury then shattered his bat and grounded to first. Pedroia doubled of the net over the seats in the wall in left. Gonzalez was next and he walked. Salty walked to load the bases before McDonald singled in two runs. Sweeney then struck out.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Northeastern 0: Lester allowed a one-out single by Castoldi. He then struck out Roth swinging and Castoldi was thrown out stealing second. Lester finished with 22 pitches, 16 strikes.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 9, Northeastern 0: Clearly Valentine is a genius. Facing Mike Murphy, the Sox scored nine runs on seven hits. Ross started it with a homer over everything in left. Middlebrooks followed with a double into the corner in left and went to third when Iglesias singled to right. Ellsbury's sac fly scored a run. Pedrioa walked ahead of a three-run rocket to left by Gonzalez. Salty singled before McDonald doubled. Sweeney then delivered a two-run single to left. The inning ended when Ross grounded into a double play.
Justin Germano now pitching and Shoppach is catching.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 9, Northeastern 0: Germano worked around a leadoff single.
Meanwhile, the JetBlue Park scoreboard in left field is a joke. It is manually operated. But instead of the numbers being dropped from the inside, they have to be hung from the outside. So every time there's a pitching change or a run scored, some poor guy has to run out on the field and hang up a different number.
Who was the genius who decided that was a good idea? Because it looks silly.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 10, Northeastern 0: Iglesias took second on a two-base error. Pinch runner Pedro Ciriaco advanced to third when Ellsbuy flied to right. Oscar Tejeda them lined an RBI single to center. Tejeda was thrown out stealing second to end the inning.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 10, Northeastern 0: 1-2-3 inning for Germano. Solid outing for him. The righthander finished last season in Korea.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 17, Northeastern 0: Spears doubled before Shoppach singled him to third. McDonald walked as a wild pitch scored Spears. Sweeney then singled to load the bases for Ross, who homered to left. That's two homers and five RBIs for him With one out, Ciriaco singled and scored on a home run by Che-Hsuan Lin.
It's Linsanity! I just came up with that.
Michael Bowden in to pitch. Hopefully he can hang onto this lead.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 17, Northeastern 0: 1-2-3 inning for Bowden, although there were a couple of line drives.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 19, Northeastern 0: Sweeney doubled and scored on a single by Max St. Pierre. Middlebrooks followed with an RBI double to center.
I'm not sure about the AL East. But the Sox would do well in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 19, Northeastern 0: Another perfect inning for Bowden. NU has two hits, both singles.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 25, Northeastern 0: Sweeney had a three-run homer to right field as the onslaught continues. They Red Sox have outscored NU 135-6 in 10 meetings.
Matt Albers coming into to pitch. It's not a save situation.
Game over: Red Sox 25, Northeastern 0: 3 hits for the Huskies, all singles.