SCORE: Rays 4, Red Sox 3
BREAKDOWN: The Rays led 2-0 until the seventh inning when Jose Iglesias cracked a two-run homer over the wall in left. The lead was brief as Tampa Bay’s Leslie Anderson hit a two-run shot off Oscar Villareal. The Sox rallied in the ninth as Jeremy Hazelbaker doubled and scored on a single by Xander Bogaerts. But Daniel Nava struck out looking to end the game.
THUMBS UP: Righthander Alex Wilson struck out three of the four batters he faced in the fourth inning, all of them swinging. … Bogaerts, in addition to his single, executed a rundown in the seventh inning.
THUMBS DOWN: Jarrod Saltalamacchia dropped a foul pop-up in the third inning then threw a ball away trying to catch a runner stealing third. That allowed a run to score. … The Sox grounded into three double plays.
MEDICAL REPORT: LHP Craig Breslow (shoulder) hopes to start his throwing program tomorrow. “That would help my sanity,” he said. “I feel like I’m ready.” … Mike Napoli (hips) will run the bases on Sunday. He could be ready to play in a game by mid-week.
AROUND THE BASES: Nava entered the game at first base in the sixth inning. The outfielder, who hadn’t played first base since 15 appearances in junior college in 2005, easily handled the one ball grounded his way. “He looks fine over there for right now,” manager John Farrell said. … The crowd was announced at 9,680, a sellout. … Villareal, who is in camp on a minor league contract, was added to Mexico’s roster for the WBC. In all, the Sox will lose five players to the tournament. … The Red Sox will face R.A. Dickey on Monday when a split squad team travels to Dunedin for a game against the Blue Jays. The Sox will start their knuckleballer, Steven Wright. Tim Wakefield will be on hand to evaluate Wright before he reports to Sox camp as a guest instructor. .. The Sox held a moment of silence before the game for Johnny Pesky, who was a long-time fixture at spring training. Pesky died last August.
NEXT GAME: Sunday vs. St. Louis in Jupiter. LHP Jon Lester will face LHP John Gast.