Red Sox 9, Twins 3 at Fort Myers: John Lackey pitched two perfect innings in his Boston debut and Tug Hulett belted a pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Sox the lead for good. According to Amalie Benjamin, who witnessed the homer, the crowd at City of Palms Park actually chanted, “Tug, Tug, Tug.”
Joe Nelson was the winning pitcher.
Rays 6, Red Sox 4 in Port Charlotte: It was 4-4 going into the bottom of the ninth. Fernando Perez led off with a triple before Justin Ruggiano crushed a home run to left off Kris Johnson. Felix Doubront, a 22-year-old lefty, threw two impressive innings against the Rays A team, allowing only a walk while striking out three.
“Pounded the (strike) zone, down with his fastball. Actually threw a couple of good change-ups,” Terry Francona said of Doubront. “So we’re real pleased. Real aggressive with his fastball down in the zone.”
The Sox are now 2-2 this spring and tomorrow will face the Orioles at Sarasota. Clay Buchholz will face Jeremy Guthrie.