Greetings from the Fort, where the lineup Terry Francona rolled out today may mirror the one he tapes to the dugout wall in Texas next Monday, when the Sox open the season against the Rangers. Against lefty Casey Fossum, an old friend, the Sox batted through the order in the first, scoring four runs, and sent seven batters to the plate in the second, when they scored three more times.
Coco Crisp singled, stole second and scored in the first, walked and scored in the second.
Mark Loretta walked and scored in the first, singled and scored in the second.
Big Papi fouled out in his first at bat, and blooped an RBI single in the second.
Manny hit an RBI single under Julio Lugo’s glove in the first, grounded a double down the left-field line to knock in another run in the second.
Jason Varitek whiffed in his first at bat, and hit a sac fly to center in the second.
Mike Lowell walked and scored in the first.
Trot Nixon singled in the first.
JT Snow singled in the first, with an RBI.
How’s that for production?
Meanwhile, David Wells allowed only a two-out double to Toby Hall with two out in the second through two innings, though he’s run into trouble here in the third, loading the bases on two singles and a walk, giving up a two-run double to Carl Crawford, then on the next pitch giving up a long home run to Jonny Gomes.