SCORE: Red Sox 10, Cardinals 5.
BREAKDOWN: The Sox, down 5-2, scored eight unanswered runs. Dustin Pedroia had a two-run homer in the third inning and Mike Napoli a three-run blast in the fifth. Both were to left field with Napoli clearing everything. The Sox collected 12 hits off five St. Louis pitchers. Ryan Lavarnway added a solo home run in the eighth inning.
THUMBS UP: Pedroia was 2 for 4 and is 6 of his last 10 in three games after a slow start to the spring. He had three RBIs on the day. “You can see him getting his timing back,” manager John Farrell said.
THUMBS DOWN: David Ortiz doesn’t get too wrapped up in spring training statistics. But he is 2 for 27 in spring training with nine strikeouts. … John Lackey allowed five runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. But the veteran righthander did retire the final four batters he faced and was pleased to have thrown only 60 pitches over five innings.
SIZEMORE STARS: Sizemore was 2 for 3 with a double off the wall and made two terrific catches in center field as the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-5, before a sellout crowd of 9,908 at JetBlue Park. “Maybe a little bit of a flashback to how good Grady was for a number of years,” manager John Farrell said.
The regular season starts March 31 in Baltimore and Sizemore is a valid candidate to start in center field. “I think it’s a definite possibility,” he said.
Sizemore is 8 of 21 and has struck out one time. Given all the time away from the game, his ability to make consistent contact has been remarkable. Sizemore also is starting to hit the ball with more power, both in batting practice and in games, as his legs get stronger.
The Red Sox started camp believing rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. would be their center fielder. One of the scenarios discussed with Sizemore was the idea of starting the season on the disabled list so he could get extra games in extended spring training or with a minor league team.
Now Sizemore is opening doors with two weeks left before Opening Day and the Red Sox are contemplating how their roster will look.
“With each passing day we get more information and we start to look at different sets of combinations,” Farrell said.
MEDICAL REPORT: Third baseman Will Middlebrooks (hyperextended right middle finger) did not play but took batting practice and was in fielding drills. The injury most affects his throwing. “I’ll be fine. It’s day-to-day,” Middlebrooks said.
NEXT GAME: The Sox play the Yankees in Tampa on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. Felix Doubront faces Michael Pineda. The game will be on ESPN and WEEI-AM.