Game over: Red Sox 9, Rays 9
There are no ties in baseball. Except when it’s spring training, the game is closing in on four hours and the teams are out of pitchers.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 9, Rays 9
Sox tie it up. Baseball is great. But spring training games beyond three hours should be outlawed.
Top of the 9th: Rays 9, Red Sox 8
Looks like another loss against the Rays unless the Sox can rally. There have been 28 hits in this game.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 8, Rays 8
The Sox come back with a run as somebody drove in somebody else. Yes, I’ve stopped keeping score while focusing on some other things. Such is spring training.
Top of the 8th: Rays 8, Red Sox 7
All manner of subs in now for both teams.
Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Rays 7
Bard has allowed three runs in the seventh and has yet to get an out. A couple of cheapies, a wild pitch, a double, etc. He has been dominant all spring until today.
Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Rays 4
Sorry for the paucity of updates in recent innings. Had to go to the clubhouse to speak to Casey Kelly. He was satisfied with his outing, saying he was nervous at first then settled in, throwing his off-speed stuff for strikes when he needed to. He was happy that he minimized the damage in the third inning after the two walks.
Casey’s previous start had been five days ago against Tampa’s Class AA kids, so today was quite a step up in competition for him.
Daniel Bard in now for the Sox.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 7, Rays 4
Ramon Ramirez, who has had a rough spring, allowed two runs in the fourth. Josh Reddick got one back with a solo homer in the top of the fifth.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 6, Rays 2
Sox went in order. Varitek is 0 for 3 with three strikeouts. Kelly out, Ramon Ramirez in.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 6, Rays 2
I think that’ll be it for Kelly. He’s at 61 pitches and they wanted him to throw 60-65. His line: 3 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts. Not bad for a 20-year-old former shortstop facing big-league hitters for the second time in his life.
End of the 3rd: Red Sox 6, Rays 2
Kelly struck out Upton looking to end the inning. Nice recovery.
Bottom of the 3rd, Red Sox 6, Rays 2
Some issues for Kelly. He struck out Bartlett for the second out. But with a runner on. Crawford reached on a bunt single on a close play. Zobrist then drew a walk before Pena cracked a two-run single to center.
No visit to the mound by John Farrell. They want to see how he handles this.
Middle of the 3rd, Red Sox 6, Rays 0
Tug Hulett has 15 RBI and seven extra-base hits this spring. No other player on the Sox has more than nine RBI. But for his trouble he’ll probably get a ticket to Pawtucket.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 6, Rays 0
Crazy inning. Beltre walked before Reddick hit a pop to center. The ball landed between three fielders and an alert Beltre went all the way to third as the third baseman was standing around shortstop. Reddick ended up at second.
Then Spring Training colossus Tug Hulett doubled to center, driving them in. Anthony Rizzo then hit a bomb out to right field.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Kelly struck out Upton. Aybar hit a ball down the left field line and was thrown out at second by Reddick and it wasn’t close. Burrell then popped to left. Nice start by Kelly.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Rizzo’s hit was it for the Sox. This report from Nick Cafardo in Fort Myers: Tim Wakefield three 3 scoreless (and hitless) innings against Tampa Bay’s AA team. he walked two and struck out three, tossed 47 pitches.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
One-out single for Anthony Rizzo, the 1B prospect who overcame cancer in 2008 while in Class A ball. A lot of people in the organization are excited about Rizzo, who’s an above-average defender at first along with being a good hitter.
End of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Zobrist grounded to short and Pena to second, right into the shift. That has to be a confidence-building inning for Kelly. He threw 17 pitches, 11 strikes. There’s no TV in the pressbox. What does ESPN have his fastball at?
Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Bartlett doubled. But Kelly struck out Crawford on a 3-2 pitch with a fastball on the outside corner after Crawford fouled off three two-strike pitches. Great battle.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Sox were unable to score the runner from third with less than two outs as Reddick fanned looking and Hulett flew to left. But they have given Kelly a lead to work with. This will be fun, to see the kid face a good lineup.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Varitek struck out on a 3-2 pitch but, after a double steal, Beltre tripled into the right-field corner on a 3-2 pitch.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Here is my view in the press box. If something happens at first base, I’m all set. Sox have two on and nobody out as Cameron was hit by a pitch and Hall walked on four pitches.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
We are just underway here in Port Charlotte before a big crowd. The game is on ESPN is you want to see Casey Kelly back home. It’s 71 degrees and sunny.