ANDERSON SEES FOUR (9:48, BOT 8, 7-4)
The developments here are losing relevance quickly, but you might be wondering about Lars Anderson. He just walked with no outs in the eighth, which was his first and, most likely, his last at bat.
TAZAWA CRUISES AGAIN (9:43, END 8, 7-4)
Once more, an easy inning for Tazawa. Doug Bernier reached on an infield single, a dribbler down the third base line, but otherwise, Tazawa was perfect. I don’t have stats handy to back this up, but it definitely seems as though Tazawa makes the majority of his outs with groundballs and strike outs. His poise and apparent knowledge of pitching for his age, 22, is impressive.
EASY INNING (9:26, MID 7, 7-4 SOX)
Tazawa continued his strong spring with a quick inning. The leadoff batter reached, but Tazawa came back to strike out Colin Curtis and Jesus Montero, then induced a weak ground out from Kyle Anson.
TAZAWA’S TURN (9:17, END 6, 7-4 SOX)
Junichi Tazawa replaces Bard, who was awesome. Nothing doing for the Sox in the sixth despite a sharp single to left by Ellsbury.
BARD THROWS HARD (9:05, MID 6, 7-4)
Bard, again, was really impressive, throwing smoke. He retired Ramiro Pena, then absolutely overwhelmed Austin Jackson with a fastball down the middle for a swinging strike three. Justin Leone popped to shallow left.
Kei Igawa into the game.
CALMING DOWN (8:58, END 5, 7-4 SOX)
After a wild start, strong pitching has settled the game down. Jason Bay and Brad Wilkerson struck out in the fifth. The flame-throwing Daniel Bard has entered the game. Manager Terry Francona said of Bard before the game, “There’s a lot to like.”
PAPELBON GRINDS HIS TEETH (8:34, MID 4, 7-4 SOX)
Cody Ransom grounded to Mike Lowell at third, Juan Miranda popped to shortstop, and Xavier Nady struck out swinging. Papelbon looked great again.
EASY AS 1-2-3(8:27, END 3, 7-4 SOX)
Batting against Brett Tomko, Jason Bay struck out, Brad Wilkerson flied to left, and Kottaras grounded to second base.
Here comes Jonathan Papelbon, warming up to the dulcet tones of the Dropkick Murphys.
SEVEN UP (8:20, MID 3, 7-4 SOX)
Apologies for the delay in getting this going. We’ll try to bring you up to speed in a game that’s seen a lot of action. The Sox scored seven runs in the second inning, which Mike Lowell — playing his second game of the spring and first at third base — led off with a home run. David Ortiz later blasted a two-run home run, and Lowell later hit a single in the inning.
The Yankees struck back with three in the second, all of Tim Wakefield, who was pulled in the middle of the third inning. George Kottaras caught Wakefield for the first time in a live game, and it didn’t go all that well. Kottaras allowed a passed ball and two Yankees stole on him without drawing a throw. That’s a tough job. Wakefield’s final line: five hits, three walks, four runs, one hit batter. He threw 64 pitches, 35 for strikes.