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Games over: Red Sox win one, tie one

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, all you still sober enough to read this. We’ll try and use small words today.

The Red Sox and Orioles are playing a split-squad doubleheader today, one game in Fort Myers and the other in Sarasota.

I’m at JetBlue Park and Nick Cafardo is at Ed Smith Stadium. But this is the one spot for updates on both games.

The Red Sox have called up some minor leaguers for the home game: RHPs Michael Lee and Billy Buckner; infielders Sean Coyle, Heiker Meneses, Derrik Gibson and Mauro Gomez; outfielders Bryce Brentz and Shannon Wilkerson and catcher Christian Vazquez.

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Coyle is a Dustin Pedroia-type second baseman. It would be fun to see him get a chance to play.

The Sox are in their green uniforms and green hats today. Most of the crowd is wearing green, too.

Report from Sarasota: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 in the 3rd: Cook has retired the first six batters. Lavarnway singled in the second inning, was forced at second. Ciriaco was picked off first by Wei-Yin Chen. Josh Kroeger made a njcie diving catch coming in on the ball in right field to rob Mark Reynolds of a hit in the second inning for the third out.

At the Fort: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0 in the 1st: Beckett retired the side in order. Punto made a sweet bare-handed play on a bunt by leadoff hitter Xavier Avery.

At the Fort: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0 in the 2nd: The Red Sox grounded out three times.

Report from Sarasota: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 after 3 innings: Cook allows a leadoff single to Nick Johnson, but erased him a double-play grounder by Jai Miller. Cook walked Red Sox killer Robert Andino on a 3-2 pitch, but Nate Spears, playing third, made a nice bare-handed grab and throw to nail Endy Chavez, who was trying to bunt his way on.

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At the Fort: Oriples 0, Red Sox 0 after 2: Chris Davis singled off Beckett and was thrown out going to second by Alex Hassan. You don’t run on a BC High kid. Two groundouts followed. Punto walked with two outs in the bottom of the inning before Aviles grounded to third.

Report from Sarasota: Red Sox 0 Orioles 0 in the 5th: Cook went 3.1 innings. He allowed one hit with one walk, and 39 pitches, 24 for strikes. Clay Mortensen came in to relieve Cook and allowed two straight singles to Markakis and and Jones before getting out of it.

At the Fort: Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 after 4: Lars Anderson led off with a bomb to the base of the wall in center. When Xavier Avery retrieved the ball, it slipped out of his hands when he went to throw it and was spiked into the ground. Anderson motored to third and scored on a Hassan grounder.

Report from Sarasota: Red Sox 3, Orioles 0 in the 5th: Nate Spears (a former O’s prospect) belted a three-run homer off Chen. Ryan Lavarnway and Pedro Ciriao (naturally) had singled before the homer. It’s all coming together for the Sox.

At the Fort: Orioles 1, Red Sox 1 in the 4th: You can’t walk a guy wearing No. 70,but Beckett did. Avery then moved up on a groundout and scored on a Wilson Betemit single. Beckett started a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning. All that PFP paying off.

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At the Fort: Red Sox 4, Orioles 1 in the 5th: Ross doubled with one out and went to third on a bloop single by Shoppach. Punto delivered an RBI double. Aviles fouled out but Anderson doubled of the wall, driving in two, but was thrown out going to second. Speed is not that boy’s game.

News update: RHP Carlos Silva was released today. He showed up hurt (shoulder) and never got in a game. … Also Jarrod Saltalamacchia was 2 for 5 in minor league action today with a double and a walk and Jose Iglesias was 1 for 5.

Report from Sarasota: Red Sox 3, Orioles 0 in the 6th: Lavarnway has three hits, all singles.

At the Fort: Red Sox 7, Orioles 1 after 5: Hassan led off with a single and went to third on a double by Ellsbury, a ball that hopped into the stands in left. Groundouts to second by Pedroia and Ortiz scored two runs. Ross homered to left with two outs

Beckett is done after 5 inning. His line: 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 59 pitches / 40 strikes.

At the Fort: Red Sox 7, Orioles 1 in the 6th: Ohlendorf walked his second hitter then got a double play.

Report from Sarasota: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2 after 7: The O’s scored two in 6th. Clayon Mortensen gave up double to right by Markakis and single to Adam Jones. One run scored on an errant pickoff throw and the other on Luis Exposito’s passed ball.

Report from Sarasota: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2 after 8: The Sox have 10 hits.

At the Fort: Red Sox 7, Orioles 1 after 7: Ohlendorf threw two hitless inning. Tazawa is in now.

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Also, spoke to Josh Beckett, who said he felt fine after his 59 pitches.

At the Fort: Red Sox 7, Orioles 4 in the 8th: Tazawa allowed three runs on three hits.

Report from Sarasota: Red Sox 3, Orioles 3 in the 10th: The O’s scored a run in the ninth to tie it up. Mathis gave up the run. We could see the dreaded split-squad tie.

Report from Sarasota: Red Sox 3, Orioles 3: Yes, they finish tied up. So the Sox are 7-4-2 with one game to finish today.

Report from the Fort: Red Sox 7, Orioles 4: This game is over as Michael Bowen closed it out.

Thanks to anybody who read today.

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