PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Hope you’re having a great Sunday. We’re here in Port Charlotte, home of the AL East-favored Tampa Bay Rays, who will throw their A-lineup against the Red Sox momentarily.
The Sox get to see lefty phenom Matt Moore, who Rays manager Joe Maddon called one of the most accomplished 22-year-old pitchers he’s ever been around.
The Sox will start Clay Buchholz.
The one lineup change is that huge righthanded hitting first baseman Mauro Gomez will replace Lars Anderson at first base. Anderson is nursing a calf strain.
We’ll have some updates shortly.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Rays 0
Cody Ross hit a 3-2 fastball with two outs over the left field fence with the wind blowing out to left field against Rays phenom lefty Matt Moore.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Rays 0
Mauro Gomez, who hit 304 with 24 homers and 90 RBI for Triple-A (Braves) Gwinnett last year, started a nifty 3-6-3 double-play for the Sox after Red Sox fans hater Luke Scott bunted for a single.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Solo shot to right by DH Josh Kroeger, who’s getting some notice in this camp.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 2, Rays 1
Evan Longoria hit a lined shot for a home run to left against Clay Buchholz on a 2-2 fastball.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, Rays 1
Tough sledding for Matt Moore as he walked the bases loaded, came out of the game, but the Sox got another bases loaded walk (Saltalamacchia) against reliever Romulo Sanchez and Kroeger hit a first pitch sac fly to knock in the second run of the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 4, Rays 1
Throwing error by shortstop Mike Aviles on a Jose Molina grounder. After one out, Desmond Jennings reached on a single to left field on a ball Aviles dove for but couldn’t get to. This was a perfect example of a ball Jose Iglesias would likely have made a play on. Buchholz did a nice job of getting out of the mess and froze Ben Zobrist for strike three for the third out.
Top 4th: Red Sox 6, Rays 1
Jason Repko was hit with a pitch to lead off the inning. Nate Spears and Alex Hassan hit back-to-back singles to score the first run. Aviles knocked into a 6-4-3 DP to account for the second run of the inning.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 6, Rays 1
Strong inning for Buchholz including his second strikeout of Carlos Pena, who can’t seem to hit Buchholz with 40 bats.
Top 5th: Red Sox 6, Rays 1
Sox go down in order. Amazing that Josh Kroeger has spent 11 seasons in the minors.
Botton 5th: Red Sox 6, Rays 1
Buchholz had two guys on, one on a error but worked his way out of it.
Top 6th: Red Sox 7, Rays 1
Alex Hassan knocked in his second run with an RBI single after Gomez singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 7, Rays 3
The Justin Thomas bubble burst. The Sox lefty allowed two runs after allowing three straight hits to Longoria, Pena and Keppinger (RBI) and Molina singled in the final run with two outs.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Rays 3
Sox go down in order.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Rays 4
With Vicente Padilla pitching, Fuld reached with a bunt single to third. After Jennings singled him to third, Luke Scott’s fielder’s choice grounder got the run in.
Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Rays 4
Nothing doing for Sox in this inning.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Rays 4
A two-out single by Jose Lobaton, is the blemish on an otherwise strong inning by Padilla.
Top 9th: Red Sox 8, Rays 4
Nice bunt single by Nate Spears, who eventually scored on Pedro Ciriaco’s RBI single. got as second base. Spears started the game at third base and moved to right field.Ciriaco has been on fire all spring training, hitting 11 for 20 with three doubles and a homer entering today’s game
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 8, Rays 4
Padilla completed his third inning.