WRAPPING UP (4:37, END 9, 6-2 O’s)
The Red Sox lost to the Orioles for the second straight day, dropping their Grapefruit League record to 5-8 overall and 0-4 against the Orioles. Ramon Ramirez takes the loss, dropping him to 0-2.
TRABER FINDS TROUBLE (4:00, TOP 9, 3-2 O’s)
The Red Sox couldn’t respond in their half of the eighth, and it appears they’ll have a hard time coming back in ninth. The Orioles have the bases loaded with no outs against Billy Traber, who has had a tendency this spring to complicate ninth innings.
UPDATE: Two run double by Danny Figueroa. Good night, nurse. It’s 5-2.
CATCHING UP (3:37, TOP 8, 3-2 O’s)
We’re back after attending to a few work matters. Apologies for the delay. Jonathan Papelbon had his roughest outing yet, which isn’t saying a whole lot. He allowed no hits, but he hit two batters and gave up a run, his first of the spring.
The Red Sox scored both of their runs in the fourth. Angel Chavez scored on a passed pass, and Ortiz scored on a Varitek fielder’s choice.
The Orioles took the lead moments ago, when Nolan Reimold scorched a solo home run to left-center off of Ramon Ramirez.
BIRDS ON THE BOARD, BUCHHOLZ DONE (2:12, TOP 4, 1-0 O’s)
Two cheap hits ended Buchholz’s day. Buchholz surrendered a leadoff double down the line in left to Salazar, which was not one of the cheap hits by any means. Buchholz made Wieters look awful three straight swings, which all appeared to come on offspeed pitches. Moore sent Salazar to third with a grounder to first. Salazar scored when Montanez blooped a single to shallow left, just out of Lowrie’s reach. Moeller grounded up the middle, and Lowrie made a great diving play but couldn’t get the throw to first in time. Having hit his pitch count (69 pitches, 45 strikes), Buchholz was taken out by Terry Francona. Jose Vaquedano is in to finish the inning.
FIRST HIT, NO RUNS (1:58, END 3, 0-0)
After Brad Wilkerson grounded to second and Lowrie popped to left, Velazquez lined a double to the leftfield corner. Jacoby Ellsbury stranded him by grounding to second.
BUCHHOLZ ROLLS (1:51, MID 3, 0-0)
Buchholz struck out Jolbert Cabrera and Freel to begin the inning, then walked Murphy on a 54-foot curveball. Scott grounded to Velazquez, who flipped to Jed Lowrie to end the inning. That’s five strikeouts in three innings for Buchholz.
BASS MASTERS SOX (1:41, END 2, 0-0)
Brian Bass retired Boston in order again. J.D. Drew rolled one to first base, Jason Bay struck out swinging, and Jason Varitek — batting lefty — popped foul to Wieters.
BUCHHOLZ STILL SHARP (MID 2, 1:36, 0-0)
After super-prospect Matt Wieters grounded back to Buchholz, Scott Moore clubbed a double to right-center. He never got past second — Luis Montanez bounced back to Buchholz, and Chad Moeller lined softly to Gil Velazquez at second.
BUCH DOESN’T STOP (END 1, 1:27, 0-0)
The Red Sox make a point to downplay spring training results in their evaluation, but, man, it might be tough for them not to reconsider Clay Buchholz’s regular season starting point. He was overwhelming in the first inning against the Orioles, walking Luke Scott but striking out everyone else — Ryan Freel, Donnie Murphy, and Oscar Salazar. Including his outings against Boston College and Puerto Rico, Buchholz has allowed three hits and one run while striking out nine in nine innings. Opponents are batting .142 off of him.
The Sox went in order in the first, although David Ortiz narrowly missed his second home run, driving a Brian Bass pitch to the warning track in deep center. Freel made a nice catch running into the wall.