FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was a tight one here at Hammond Stadium, with the Sox coming out on top by a 2-1 score. That evens the race for the Mayor’s Cup at one game apiece.
“I think we sent a message,” manager Terry Francona said. Joking, of course.
Francona was happy with Jonathan Papelbon’s first outing of the spring, in which the closer threw an uneventful 10 pitches to get three straight outs.
“I thought he threw the ball well,” Francona said. “Looked strong. Stayed in his delivery. When Pap doesn’t pitch much, you see him get a little sideways, and he wasn’t. I thought he stayed in his delivery real well, stayed over top of the ball, drove the ball down. That was good to see.”
This game also marks the last one with the Red Sox for the players headed to the World Baseball Classic. David Ortiz, Jason Bay, Kevin Youkilis, and Dustin Pedroia are all headed to the camps of their respective teams. Javier Lopez is going as well, but Puerto Rico trains in Fort Myers, so he’s not going very far — and he’ll get to face his teammates in the exhibition between the two teams on Thursday.