SCORE: Red Sox 9, Rays 2
BREAKDOWN: A junior varsity lineup punched out 15 hits as the Sox improved to 4-0-1 in their last five games. Lyle Overbay had a two-run single in the first inning off Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher once known as Fausto Carmona. Ronald Bermudez, a minor leaguer called up for the game, added three hits and two RBIs. Mauro Gomez also drove in two runs. Alfredo Aceves and five relievers allowed eight hits with one walk.
THUMBS UP: Blake Swihart, a 20-year-old catching prospect, was called up for the game and had a good debut. He caught two innings and had a two-run double in the ninth inning. Swihart was a first-round pick in 2011. “I know it’s only two innings of work. But as a 20-year-old who’s coming into his first A game in the major league side, he handled it well,” Farrell said. … Daniel Bard continued his good work with a scoreless seventh inning. He has allowed two hits in five scoreless innings this spring with two walks and seven strikeouts.
THUMBS DOWN: Not much to fault for the Sox. A pop-up did fall in front of the mound in the second inning. But Overbay, who should have taken charge of the ball, alertly threw out Leslie Anderson as he tried to make second.
MEDICAL REPORT: Stephen Drew (concussion) exercised while being monitored. It remains uncertain when he will play again. … David Ortiz (right heel) has been running on a low-impact underwater treadmill and increasing the scope of his activities. He could return to batting practice as soon as Monday. … Pedro Ciriaco (bask spasms) improved after not playing on Friday.
AROUND THE BASES: Home clubhouse man Tom McLaughlin handed out green caps to the players in the morning in advance of Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day Game against the Rays. … The Sox had an all-Arizona State double play combination for six innings on Friday with Deven Marrero at shortstop and Dustin Pedroia at second base. “Following the Sun Devil way!,” Marrero wrote on Twitter. … Former Red Sox player Bernie Carbo signed autographs on the concourse. He still has a good head of hair.
NEXT GAME: The Sox host the Rays on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Jon Lester will face Alex Cobb. NESN and WEEI have the game.