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Spring training report for March 4

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  March 4, 2013 06:09 PM

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SCORE: Red Sox 5, Rays 1.

RECORD: 6-5.

BREAKDOWN: The Red Sox took advantage of a big two-run error in the seventh by Tampa Bay catcher Mark Thomas. Five Sox pitchers, including starter Felix Doubront, held the Rays’ predominantly junior varsity lineup to five hits. Former Boston College righty Terry Doyle got the win; he went 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run. Jose Iglesias had two doubles and Lyle Overbay had a triple to lead the Boston offense.

THUMBS UP: Iglesias continued to show a different approach at the plate, pounding his doubles to left field. While Doubront (1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks, 0 R) couldn’t get out of the second inning because he had thrown 43 pitchers in his spring training debut, manager John Farrell thought it was a good first start for Doubront, whose season was delayed because of a sore left shoulder.

THUMBS DOWN: Brock Holt went 0 for 3 as the Sox’ leadoff hitter. He is trying to unseat Pedro Ciriaco as the team’s utility player. Holt is now hitting .278 while Ciriaco, who went 1 for 3 with an RBI and played third base, is at .313. Ryan Sweeney, vying for an extra outfield spot, continued to struggle. He went 0 for 2 and is now down to .211.

MEDICAL REPORT: Encouraging news for David Ortiz, who ran the bases hard after taking a day off because of soreness in his Achilles’. Ortiz believes he can make it on Opening Day if the progress continues. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has had a sore back, started at catcher and doubled to improve his average to .400.

AROUND THE BASES: The Sox signed 19 players and now have all players on the 40-man roster in the fold . . . Daniel Nava continues to look good taking infield practice at first base and is expected to get into the mix at that position with Overbay and Mike Carp . . . Anthony Carter, a righty reliever, continued to impress with a scoreless inning . . . Daniel Bard threw a simulated game to work out some kinks, and he could be back to game action as early as Thursday . . . JetBlue Park was a sellout (9,604).

NEXT GAME: Tuesday night at 7:05 vs. Puerto Rico at JetBlue Park. John Lackey starts for the Sox. He will be followed by Clayton Mortensen, Alex Wilson, Andrew Bailey, and Andrew Miller.

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