The universal consensus was Bogaerts is heading to All-Star status and Middlebrooks to middle of the order power hitter. The doubts are more on the defense side.
Here are some comments:
"Bogaerts has tremendous body control for a kid that big. I'd keep him at shortstop until he plays his way off it. He may never play his way out of it. All I know is his work ethic, from what I've seen is phenomenal. He's not (Jose) Iglesias, he's not Drew, but he's a good player at shortstop. I'd just keep developing his confidence and go with him," a National League big-market team scout said.
Another National League mid-market team scout said, "For me, he's a third baseman. Will he ever be extraordinary at shortstop? That's the question. I'd say no. Move him to third and take advantage of his real strength – his offense."
An American League scout from a rival AL East team said, "It's got to be exciting to have two kids and maybe a third (Jackie Bradley Jr.) breaking onto the team at the same time. It's also a little scary. They've lost (Jacoby) Ellsbury and Drew, two guys who were really big for that team winning a World Series championship. Every team goes through changes, but those are big ones. It's hard to repeat, so you'd might as well load up with young guys and hope they can take you to the next championship. They are talented. All of them. They need the experience."
"[Stephen] Drew's ability to calm down a pitching staff, that peace of mind a pitcher has knowing the guy behind him is going to make the play and the throw, can't be measured. (Mike) Napoli always knew he was going to get a good throw from shortstop. That peace of mind isn't there yet. Having said that, any one of us sitting here with our teams would love to have that kid (Bogaerts) to play for us. If he can play consistent shortstop with what he brings to the plate, my goodness. You sacrifice something now for the return you're gonna get down the road," said an American League Central division scout.
"Middlebrooks is so intriguing. Righthanded power-hitting third basemen don't grow on trees. He's got that special sound off the bat like (David) Ortiz and (Mike) Napoli. He's got a lot of work to do defensively and he's got some holes in his swing. But when someone makes a mistake, he can hit it a long way," said an American League West scout.
"After winning a World Series championship, go with the young guys. These kids could be pretty special once they break in, take their lumps and then make their adjustments," said a National League East scout.
"You've got to believe in the kids in your farm system, so when it's time to make that decision, you live and die with the guys you've developed and drafted. If you're wrong, I think the thought process is the right one. Bogaerts is a stud. Middlebrooks looks committed to being a good player," said one American League scout.
"No doubt, Drew (expletive) himself out of a chance to be with this team. He's a good player. I know how much his teammates liked him and how comforting it is for a pitching staff to have a guy who made every play. But time to move on. You're going to a kid who's going to be a superstar (Bogaerts)," a National League central scout said.
"The best defensive guy is (Deven) Marrero," said one American League East scout. "He's going to create an even bigger decision because you can't deny his defense. He's almost Iglesias with the ability to steal bases and probably hit .260."
The consensus pretty much was you give something up – the steadiness of Drew – for the long-term payoff of an all-around Bogaerts and a powerful Middlebrooks. It appears at the moment, that's the road the Red Sox are taking as well.
Here are the lineups:
RED SOX at ORIOLES
RED SOX (4-7-1)
Bradley Jr. CF
Pitching: RHP Allen Webster followed by RHP Alex Wilson, RHP Brayan Villarreal, RHP Francisco Cordero, RHP Miguel Celestino, RHP Noe Ramirez.
Pitching: RHP Miguel Gonzalez.
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
MARLINS at RED SOX
Pitching: RHP John Lackey followed by LHP Drake Britton, RHP Junichi Tazawa, RHP Koji Uehara, RHP Edward Mujica, RHP Burke Badenhop.
Pitching: LHP Brian Flynn followed by RHP Henry Rodriguez, RHP Chaz Roe, RHP Arquimedes Caminero, LHP Josh Spence, LHP Edgar Olmos, RHP Nick Wittgren
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
Notes: It's a split-squad doubleheader day for the Red Sox with two games at the same time about 90 miles apart. ... John Farrell will manage the team in Sarasota and bench coach Torey Lovullo will handle the home game. ... The Sox are off on Wednesday and the first round of cuts are coming up. ... Lackey is starting his first game of the spring. He retired all nine batters he faced in a minor league intrasquad game last week. ... The Orioles have won seven straight and have the best record in the Grapefruit League. ... The Marlins have the second-best record in the Grapefruit League. ... The Orioles and Marlins do not have split-squad doubleheaders today.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox have a split-squad doubleheader today. There's a game in Sarasota against Baltimore and one at home against Miami.
It would have been amusing if the Marlins sent a team of scrubs to JetBlue Park after complaining about the Red Sox not sending enough major leaguers last week. Silly spring training feuds are fun diversions. But according to the Miami reporters, they're sending a representative team.
Links to today's Globe coverage:
Chris Gasper writes that there is some risk to giving Jon Lester a contract extension. But he sure looked worth the price on Monday.
Twin brothers Bryce and Jared Brentz are power hitters in different sports. For Bryce, his brother is an inspiration.
The notebook has the rotation lined up for the season and Shane Victorino taking a right turn.
SCORE: Red Sox 6, Rays 2.
BREAKDOWN: That’s two in a row for the Red Sox, who got three strong innings from Jon Lester in his spring debut and home runs from David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Corey Brown. Will Middlebrooks was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. The Sox had what could be their Opening Day lineup on the field. “It’s good to see the flow of the game unfold as it did today,” manager John Farrell said.
THUMBS UP: Lester allowed one hit (a broken-bat looper) and had one walk. He had four strikeouts and threw 31 of his 43 pitches for strikes. Anthony Ranaudo worked two scoreless innings.
THUMBS DOWN: Non-roster lefthander Jose Mijares allowed a run on two hits and walk in the ninth inning. He has a 2.75 WHIP in four outings this spring.
VICTORINO RETURNS: Right fielder Shane Victorino played his first game of the spring. He had two plate appearances and played three innings in the field. Victorino was held back to recover from offseason thumb surgery and to do extra work strengthening groin muscles that were problematic last season.
“My hand feels good. In [batting practice] everything feels good,” Victorino said.
Victorino, a switch hitter, batted righthanded facing righthanded pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Steve Geltz. He was hit by a pitch his first time up then struck out looking the second time.
Victorino gave up switch hitting last August because of injuries and seems to be sticking to batting exclusively righthanded. Farrell suggested on Saturday that would be the case and Victorino’s actions on Monday seemed to confirm it.
But he again balked at discussing the situation.
“There’s no decision. If I had an answer I would have told you,” Victorino said. “We’re all working through the process.”
Victorino later acknowledged he is likely to hit righthanded only. “Obviously that’s the way I’m leaning,” he said. “It seems to make sense.”
SIZEMORE ON THE MOVE: Grady Sizemore singled on a full-count pitch in the first inning. With Dustin Pedroia at the plate, Sizemore broke for second base. Pedroia grounded to third base and Sizemore was safe. It was the first time this spring he was put in motion. Sizemore was 1 for 3 with that single and two fly balls to center field. He played five innings in the field. He is scheduled to play on Tuesday against Miami at JetBlue Park.
AROUND THE BASES: Jonny Gomes smacked into the padded wall along the left field line chasing a ball in the ninth inning. He banged his left knee but stayed in the game. … The game drew a sellout of 9,876. The Sox have averaged 9,739 for six home games. …Author Ben Bradley Jr. threw out the first pitch. He wrote “The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams.”
NEXT GAME: The Red Sox play a split-squad doubleheader on Tuesday. One team will play at 1:05 p.m. game against the Orioles in Sarasota. Another team will play the Marlins at Fort Myers at 1:05 p.m. Brandon Workman will start against the Orioles and John Lackey against the Marlins.
Updates as the Red Sox and Rays face off in spring training. Game time is 1:05 p.m.
FORT MYERS, Fla — There is replay for today's Rays-Sox game, although the procedure is a little different than it will be during the season.
There will be an umpire in the television truck outside JetBlue Park who will review any plays that are challenged and relay the information to the field. During the season, replays will be handled from New York City.
Also, the numbers of cameras [and therefore angles] of the replay will be fewer today.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — With the possible exception of Grady Sizemore, the Red Sox have eight players in the lineup today who will be starters this season. They also have their ace, Jon Lester, on the mound.
"We're starting to get what shapes up to be our regular roster back on the field," manager John Farrell said.
Farrell also said that the rotation is now lined up the way he wants it for the season. That's Lester followed by John Lackey, Felix Doubront, Jake Peavy and Clay Buchholz.
"All things playing out, health and otherwise, that's kind of the way things are rolling," Farrell said.
The plan for now is for Buchholz to be the No. 5 starter and probably stay back and pitch in a minor league game after the team breaks camp.
"As far as the way we've mapped out the pitching, for those guys that we have targeted we wanted to ramp them up a little bit more slow," Farrell said. "I shouldn't say slow in the sense of less pitches thrown, it's just the overall intensity they're getting exposed to. ... I think this is coming together as we've scripted."
• Chris Capuano, Allen Webster and Brandon Workman will continue to be stretched out as starters even though they're out of the rotation as starters at this point. Minor league games start Wednesday and that's the avenue the Red Sox will use.
To a lesser extent, Drake Britton will get extra innings, too.
Farrell said "it's to be determined" which one of those pitchers would enter the rotation if a need arises.
• Farrell has been impressed with Britton. "Every time he's walked to the mound he's thrown three pitches for strikes with really good stuff," the manager said. "I don't think he liked being left off the playoff roster last year and he carries that air about him in a good way and he's used that as motivation. He's come into camp in great shape. When you consider a lefthander with that kind of velocity and that assortment of pitches, he's making the most of every opportunity and making an impact on decisions that are still yet to be made."
Translation: Britton is very much in play for a bullpen spot.
• Doubont will pitch in a minor league game at Fenway South on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The Red Sox' three Single A teams are playing teams from the Minnesota organization. LHP Andrew Miller also could get into one of those games for an inning.
• LHP Craig Breslow will throw off the mound on Tuesday for the first time. It's a "strong possibility" he'll be on the Opening Day roster according to Farrell. The Red Sox and Breslow insist there is no injury. But the delay suggests that the very least, there's preventative maintenance involved with his shoulder.
Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (3-7-1)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester followed by LHP Chris Capuano, RHP Anthony Ranaudo and LHP Jose Mijares.
Pitching: RHP Jake Odorizzi followed by LHP Erik Bedard, LHP Cesar Ramos.
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
Notes: Lester is making his first start of the spring. He pitched three innings in a minor-league intrasquad game last week. ... Ranaudo will be pitching in his third game of the spring. He has allowed three earned runs in 3.1 innings but struck out four with two walks. ... The Sox have a split-squad doubleheader on Tuesday with games against the Orioles (in Sarasota) and the Marlins (at JetBlue Park). Both games are at 1:05 p.m.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jon Lester starts his first spring training game today. The all-but-official Opening Day starter will face the Rays at 1:05 p.m.
The Sox started Clay Buchholz on Sunday. Lester, John Lackey, Felix Doubront (in a minor league game) and Jake Peavy will follow. For the first time all spring, the Sox have their five starters lined up.
Does that mean it will be Lester, Lackey and Doubront out of the gate? It very well could. Doubront has pitched well this spring and deserves to be there. The Sox also seem likely to give Peavy extra time to get ready given his assorted odd injuries this spring.
Buchholz is not the expected No. 5 starter. But how the Sox line up the first time is not as important as how each individual pitcher is prepared. The Sox need to find a way to keep Buchholz healthy and easing him into the season could be part of the plan.
Links to our Globe stories today:
Nick Cafardo writes that the Sox need to find their groove.
The notebook has Clay Buchholz dominating the Pirates.
SCORE: Red Sox 4, Pirates 1.
BREAKDOWN: Clay Buchholz went three hitless innings and set the tone for a strong pitching effort by the Red Sox, which included Andrew Miller’s three-K outing, two scoreless innings out of Dalier Hinojosa, and a second save by Francisco Cordero. Jackie Bradley Jr. stroked a two-run single through the first base hole in the second inning. Mike Carp added a solo homer in the third, and Derrik Gibson provided an insurance run with an RBI single in the ninth.
THUMBS UP: Bryce Brentz is really elevating his game in spring training. He had two more hits and is now batting .400 (8 for 20). David Ross went 1 for 3 batting cleanup and also threw out Jordy Mercer trying to steal. Carp had two hits out of the DH spot, including the homer and a shift-breaking single to third.
THUMBS DOWN: Third base prospect Garin Cecchini went 0 for 3 and left four runners on base. Rubby De La Rosa went two innings and allowed four hits and a run and his ERA is now 11.25 this spring. Alex Hassan went 0 for 4 in left field.
MEDICAL REPORT: John Farrell indicated that Shane Victorino could play his first game Monday or Tuesday depending on how he came out of Sunday’s workout. He also said Grady Sizemore would play back-to-back games for the first time Monday and Tuesday. Jake Peavy is still scheduled to go Thursday in his first game action since his lacerated left index finger.
AROUND THE BASES: The Pirates drew 8,245 at McKechnie Field, their third-largest attendance ever. The Red Sox only brought the minimum four roster players — Carp, Bradley, Ross, and Buchholz . . . The Sox went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position . . . General manager Ben Cherington attended the game.
NEXT GAME: Monday at 1:05 p.m. against the Rays at JetBlue Park. The game is televised on NESN. Jon Lester is scheduled to oppose Jake Odorizzi. We’ll also see Chris Capuano, Anthony Ranaudo, and Jose Mijares. Former Red Sox lefty Erik Bedard will follow Odorizzi for Tampa Bay.
BRADENTON, Fla. — Clay Buchholz needed only 27 pitches over three scoreless, hitless innings against the Pirates to come away feeling that he had not only economized and thrown his sinker effectively, but that he's building up for a better day to start the season.
"Definitely better than last time out (three hits, one run vs. Tampa Bay on March 4)," Buchholz said. "I located my two-seamer. Happy with that. I felt I needed to work on a couple of more pitches. Didn't try to overthrow."
Buchholz didn't bother to see how hard he was throwing. Velocity is the last thing he worries about now.
While he throws five different pitches, the two-seamer is his bread and butter.
"It's the one pitch I throw a lot of," Buchholz said. "Get ground ball out in big situations. It's a hard pitch to get into the air, so I'm trying to refine that."
Buchholz said he threw 40 warm-up pitches in the bullpen so he didn't mind the low pitch count.
He walked one batter and the rest was easy.
BRADENTON, Fla. — Red Sox manager John Farrell said he's pleased with individual performances he's seen in camp so far, but expects a better result once the team is able to get their regular lineup and pitching staff out there on a more regular basis.
That day is coming soon.
Shane Victorino had one more day of workouts and how he came out of that will determine whether he will get back into the lineup either Monday or Tuesday. Victorino has not participated in game action yet, taking it slow after thumb surgery this offseason.
Grady Sizemore will see his first back-to-back action Monday and Tuesday.
"We've had a number of guys who have shown very well in camp, individual performances are the things that stand out, yet personally we have yet to get our team together. We've had the majority of our team together on home games, but when we start to go in this next turn in the rotation and get our starters in sync with everyday players as we saw with Felix (Doubront) on the mound the other day, there's a more consistent flow to the game. We play a much cleaner game in those situations," said Farrell, who endured his team's eight-error performance in Saturday's doubleheader.
Part of the slow meshing is the fact that Farrell and his staff decided they would ease some of their pitchers and everyday players into action after a short winter following a World Series championship.
"We've taken a little different approach with the first outings in the rotation. We've done some simulated game action where you ease into the intensity. It'll be more earnest the next time through," Farrell said.
Farrell isn't into spring training records. "I look at what our needs are right now. The roster and personnel changes from year to year. It's how we prepare that's the most important. Look back to a year ago, we played consistently in spring training," he said. "We got off to a very good start. We're a third of the way through the game schedule here. and we have work to do, there's no doubt about it. But at the same time we're seeing more of our normal team together."
Farrell has been impressed with veteran reliever Francisco Cordero.
"He's not pitching like a guy who didn't pitch for a year. He looks very much like the guy in Toronto, and Houston a couple of years ago. He's made necessary adjustments. He now uses an assortment of pitches rather than just rely on velocity," themanager said.
Brandon Workman has worked his way up to 50 pitches. It appears now, however, with Jake Peavy scheduled to go Thursday after recovering from his finger laceration, that Workman will have to stretch out in minor league games.
Mike Carp, a possible trade chip (the Pirates could use a first baseman), will continue to have the same role as last season.
"Last year was highest number of at-bats he'd had at the major league level. He came up with a number of big hits. He and (Daniel) Nava are a couple of guys who can go to different positions," Farrell said.
Farrell thought three innings and 45-50 pitches out of Clay Buchholz today would be sufficient.
Farrell was also asked about where the team stood on Stephen Drew.
"I don't have anything to say about it. He's a free agent and that's where it stands," he said.
Updates from Florida as the Red Sox and Pirates face off in spring training action on March 9. Game time is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Remember when you were a kid and you'd fire a rubber ball against a wall and catch it with your glove? Major leaguers do the same thing.
Here's a brief video of Triple AAA pitching coach Rich Sauveur running an unconventional fielding drill. He fires a rubber baseball against a wall to simulate a comebacker. Sauveur is working here with Drake Britton.
Does this drill actually work? It succeeded in getting a group of pitchers moving around and the competition was heated. By that measure, it was a rousing success.
Sauveur wields a fungo bat as well as any coach in camp and is the coach who works the most with the pitchers on fielding drills. The blisters on his hands are a testament to that.
So the next time you see a Sox pitcher snag a ball screaming up the middle, remember Sauveur and the unusual drill on an otherwise quiet Sunday morning.
A few notes from Sox camp:
• Lefthanded reliever Rich Hill threw 36 pitches in the bullpen this morning with pitching coach Juan Nieves watching.
"Felt great," said Hill, who arrived in camp on Thursday. "It was good to get on the mound."
Hill said he will pitch in an intrasquad game on Wednesday and from there should be set to get into a regular game. He is in camp on a minor league contract.
• Righthander Matt Barnes is not on the schedule to pitch in a game this week. The Sox are being ultra-cautious with the former first-round pick. He has some shoulder tenderness.
• Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield turns 56 today.
Nick Cafardo is with the team up in Bradenton. Check back later for reports from the game.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Ben Bradlee Jr., author of the best-seller "The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams" will be at JetBlue Park on Monday for a book signing during the Rays-Red Sox game.
Details will be available at the ballpark.
Good morning. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (2-7-1)
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Alex Hassan LF
Mike Carp DH
David Ross C
Brock Holt 2B
Bryce Brentz RF
Garin Cecchini 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Deven Marrero SS
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Rubby De La Rosa, RHP Francisco Cordero, RHP Dalier Hinojosa, LHP Andrew Miller
Jaff Decker CF
Chris Dickerson LF
Travis Snider RF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Andrew Lambo 1B
Travis Ishikawa DH
Jordy Mercer SS
Robert Andino 2B
Chris Stewart C
Pitching: RHP Charlie Morton followed by RHP Jason Grilli, RHP Mark Melancon, LHP Tony Watson and RHP Vin Mazzaro
Location: McKechnie Field, Bradenton.
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI-FM.
Notes: The Sox are 1-5-1 in their last seven games. That includes a 7-6 loss against the Pirates in Bradenton on Monday. ... Buchholz is making his second start of the spring. He allowed one run on three hits over one inning against the Rays on Tuesday
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Turn those clocks ahead. The baseball never stops ticking here. Does that even makes sense?
Anyway, here are the links:
Nick Cafardo writes that Jonny Gomes is making a good case to stick around.
The notebook has Shane Victorino thinking about a significant change.
In the Sunday Baseball Notes, Nick writes that Giancarlo Stanton would be a good fit with the Red Sox.
Remember James Mulry, the Northeastern pitcher who struck out Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz? Leigh Montville writes about the special bond he has with his cousin.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Were this the regular season, Red Sox manager John Farrell would have convened a team meeting and aired out the players a bit.
The Sox allowed 20 runs and committed eight errors in Saturday's doubleheader debacle against the Orioles. They were out-hit 26-9 and were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The second game was a 13-2 embarrassment that featured six errors.
Daniel Nava, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, A.J. Pierzynski, Jonny Gomes, and Xander Bogaerts were 0 for 16.
The Sox are now 2-7-1 after 10 games and have been outscored by 31 runs. Yikes.
But a team meeting is pretty useless at this stage of spring training. Players usually go home after they come out of games and there are still 33 players in camp who will be cut before Opening Day. How a team looks in early March isn't much of a read on how they will play in April.
But Farrell isn't happy about the defense.
"Long day, we got our reps in. We can do much better defensively, there's no question about it," he said.
"I can't say that there's a common thread. You're looking at guys who have played the positions that they're at, particularly in tonight's game where things got away from us defensively. And yet we're working each day to shore the infield defense up."
A few other notes from today:
• Lefthander Henry Owens, who is 21, faced a strong Baltimore lineup in Game 1 and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over 2.1 innings.
"Obviously the results weren’t what I wanted them to be,” Owens said. “But I thought it was cool. That was my first opportunity to face some consistent big leaguers in a lineup. I thought it was a lot of fun.”
Owens has given up four runs in 4.1 innings in spring training. Against the Orioles, Owens was working on his curveball and the left some pitches up that were hit hard.
“Trying to refine it and drop it in there for strikes,” said Owens, who is one of the top pitching prospects in the organization. “The best way to start succeeding is you’ve got to fail first. Obviously today was a good learning point for me.”
• Kudos to Christian Vazquez. With two outs and his team down, 13-0, in the bottom of the ninth inning, Vazquez worked the count against Orioles reliever Troy Patton before crushing a two-run homer to left field.
That says a lot about Vazquez's improvement offensively and his perseverance. He may have been the only person in the ballpark who wanted that game to continue.
Long day, thanks for reading. Come back for more tomorrow.
GAME 1 BREAKDOWN: Sox starter Henry Owens allowed three runs on five hits before being taken out in the third inning in Sarasota. Alex Wilson gave up four runs in the sixth inning. Former Red Sox infielder Alex Gonzalez had a two-run homer for the Orioles.
GAME 2 BREAKDOWN: It was an ugly night in Fort Myers. The Sox were held to three hits and committed six errors. Michael Almanzar, a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Red Sox, drove in three runs for the Orioles. Mike Yastrzemski (Carl’s grandson) added two RBIs for Baltimore, which had 13 hits. Kevin Gausman (3 innings) and the Orioles bullpen shut down a lineup of Red Sox regulars.
THUMBS UP: Will Middlebrooks and Bryce Brentz were each 2 for 3 with a home run in the first game. Brentz has three home runs in 18 spring-training at-bats ... After missing three days with a sore left ankle, A.J. Pierzynski caught six innings in the second game … Christian Vazquez had a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Troy Patton in the second game.
THUMBS DOWN: Righthander Miguel Celestino could not get an out in the seventh inning of Game 2. He was charged with six runs, three earned as the Sox gave up eight runs in the inning. Japanese submariner Shunsuke Watanabe gave up two runs in that inning … Mike Carp was 0 for 3 in Game 1 and is off to a 2-for-15 (.133) start in spring training with five strikeouts … First base prospect Travis Shaw was 0 for 4 in the first game and is 1 for 14.
MEDICAL REPORT: Jake Peavy threw three innings of live batting practice and is lined up to start on Thursday against Minnesota. Peavy is recovering from a deep cut on his left index finger. … Lefthanded reliever Craig Breslow, who has yet to pitch in a game, should get on the mound soon. He has been brought along slowly after a heavy workload last season and lingering concerns about his shoulder.
AROUND THE BASES: Game 1 drew 7,858 to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, the first sellout of the season for the Orioles … The Red Sox are off on Wednesday, but Felix Doubront will pitch in a minor league intrasquad game to stay on turn. ... MLB executive vice president Joe Torre attended the first game. He was hoping to see a replay challenge to test how the system works but none transpired … Former Boston mayor Tom Menino attended the nightcap … The Red Sox have been outscored 64-35 in 10 games.
NEXT GAME: The Sox play the Pirates in Bradenton on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Clay Buchholz will face Charlie Morton. The game will be on NESN and WEEI-FM.
Live updates as the Red Sox and Orioles play the second game of their split squad series on March 8. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.