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Wrap up: Red Sox 8, Orioles 6

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  March 2, 2014 07:42 PM

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SCORE: Red Sox 8, Orioles 6.

RECORD: 1-2.

BREAKDOWN: Felix Doubront started for the Sox and threw two scoreless innings and Mike Napoli hit his first homer of the spring.

MEDICAL REPORT: Right fielder Shane Victorino began baseball drills, taking some swings and doing some running and throwing as he eases back after thumb surgery. Pitcher Steven Wright likely will have to remain in Fort Myers when camp breaks as he recovers from hernia surgery.

THUMBS UP: Manager John Farrell continues to rave about catching prospect Christian Vazquez, who, according to Farrell, has thrown out 11 of 11 trying to steal and was timed at 1.86 seconds (really good) throwing to second base .†.†. Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had two hits, and first base prospect Travis Shaw hit the ball hard twice, with a two-run double to show for it. ... Napoliís two-run homer was a shot.
THUMBS DOWN: Relievers Keith Couch and Jeremy Kehrt had poor outings, allowing five earned runs between them. Heiker Meneses committed an error at second base that allowed the Orioles to score their first run.

AROUND THE BASES Former Boston College star Doug Flutie held court with a bunch of Red Sox players :and coaches, and Carl Yastrzemski made his spring training debut behind the cage and watched his grandson Mike play for the Orioles .†.†. Former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette, now in that post with the Orioles, and his assistant, Lee Thomas, a former Red Sox player and executive, were on hand as well .†.†. The Red Sox paid their respects to Monica Pence Barlow, the Oriolesí public relations director who lost her battle with cancer at age 36 .†.†. The Sox signed Bo Greenwell, son of former Red Sox left fielder Mike Greenwell, to a minor league deal.

SCHEDULE: The Red Sox head north to Bradenton to play the Pirates in a 1 p.m. game. Brandon Workman will replace the injured Jake Peavy (knife injury to finger on non-throwing hand) as the starter. Henry Owens, Koji Uehara, Junichi Tawzawa, and Miguel Celestino are scheduled to appear.

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