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Final: Red Sox 3, Northeastern 0

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 21, 2013 01:32 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 3, Northeastern 0: The Sox had seven pitchers combine on a four-hitter. Saltalamacchia, Ciriaco and Iglesias each drove in a run.

Northeastern turned three double plays and played very well. It was 25-0 last year.

The Red Sox will take their at-bats in the seventh. Not sure if that counts toward the score. But then again the game doesn't really count.

Game 4 against BC will be at 4 p.m. Hang around for updates.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 3, Northeastern 0: Pedro Ciriaco had an RBI single in the fifth inning and Jose Iglesias one in the sixth.

Pedro Beato in to try to close it out.

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Northeastern 0: Clayton Mortensen retired the side in order. Sox pitchers have allowed two hits and fanned eight.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Northeastern 0: Salty drew a walk. But Middlebrooks grounded into a double play and Drew popped out.

Changes: Jose Iglesias at shortstop, Drew Sutton at third, Ryan Lavarnway is catching.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Northeastern 0: Alex Wilson allowed a single then got a double play and a strikeout.

Note: During spring training, the media has clubhouse access to players during games when they come out of the lineup. So if there is a lag in updates, it's because of that.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Northeastern 0: Ellsbury walked. Then Pedroia grounded into a double play. Victorino walked but Gomes fouled out to the catcher.

Two hits for the Sox, two hits for the Huskies.

Changes for the Red Sox: Alex Wilson pitching. Mitch Maier in center, Pedro Ciriaco at second, Ryan Sweeney in right and Daniel Nava in left.

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Northeastern 0: Andrew Miller hit Puttress with a pitch with one out then handled the Huskies from there.

The Sox have hit two batters. Wonder if that has any relation to Pedro Martinez preaching the other day that pitchers have to pitch inside?

The Sox starters will be getting two at-bats, by the way.

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Northeastern 0: Perfect inning for Nick Cubarney. Drew grounded to short, Overbay struck out looking and Ross lined to right. Barbosa made a nice diving catch.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Northeastern 0: Encouraging inning for Daniel Bard. After Connor Lyons reached on a bloop single, Bard struck out the side from there. He threw 18 pitches, 13 of them strikes.

Bard had a nice slider and occasionally missed with his fastball early in the inning. But he got into a decent groove.

Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Northeastern 0: Northeastern's Dylan Maki was a play away from a perfect inning. Then it got away from him a bit.

Ellsbury grounded to second and Pedroia struck out looking. Victorino then grounded an infield single up the middle. Second baseman Mike Foster had a play, maybe, but the ball popped out of his hand. Victorino was given a single.

Jonny Gomes was hit by a pitch before Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined a double off the wall. Will Middlebrooks then popped to right.

Daniel Bard on the mound for the Sox.

Middle of the 1st: Northeastern 0, Red Sox 0: Shaky inning for Joel Hanrahan. NU's Aaron Barbosa lined an 0-2 pitch to left field. Jonny Gomes took an awkward route to the ball and it fell in for a single. Hanrahan struck out John Puttress before Barbosa stole second.

Pete Castoldi lined to right before Hanrahan hit Jason Vosler. Will Dougherty then struck out swinging at a high fastball. Hanrahan threw 17 pitches, 13 strikes.

Pre-game: Good afternoon from JetBlue Park and sunny Fort Myers. The Sox are about to play Northeastern. Hang out here for updates.

Joel Hanrahan starts the seven-inning game. The Sox will use a different reliever for every inning.

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