BRADENTON, Fla. — Good afternoon from McKechnie Field, one of my favorite spring training venues.
It’ll be Jon Lester against Kevin Correia. The Red Sox will use a DH and the Pirates will not.
A few injury updates for you in the meantime:
• Vicente Padilla (hamstring) was going to try and play catch back in the Fort. He seems to be improving.
• Andrew Miller (hamstring) was limping around this morning.
• Carl Crawford will run the bases today but not swing. He will graduate to soft-toss on Thursday.
Check back for updates.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Pirates coming up: Ciriaco popped to center, delaying his Hall of Fame induction. Iglesias then singled to center. Youkilis and Gonzalez grounded to second. As I write this, Gonzo is approaching first. There, he just made it.
In case you missed it, Tim Tebow was traded to the Jets and the NFL suspended Saints coach Sean Payton for a year and GM Mickey Loomis for eight games. Loomis also was fined $500,000. The team lost two second round picks and was fined $500,000. Roger Goodell crushed them.
Top of the 2d: Red Sox 0, Pirates 0: Harrison singled and was thrown out stealing second when he slid over the bag. McCutchen walked and stole second. McGehee also walked. But Lester struck out Walker looking to end the inning.
Middle of the 2d: Red Sox 1, Pirates 0: Salty doubled and scored on a one-out single by Kroeger. Repko bounced into a force then stole second and third before Hassan grounded to first.
Middle of the 3d: Red Sox 1, Pirates 0: Matt Hague singled and went to third on a groundout and a single by McKenry (the former Pawtucket catcher). Correia tapped a ball in front of the plate. Salty looked to first then saw Hague coming to the plate and made a diving tag. Tabata grounded into a force to end the inning.
The Sox went in order in the top of the third.
Top of the 4th: Pirates 4, Red Sox 1: Harrison singled to left and scored on a single by McCutchen, who fouled off a few two-strike pitches before driling a liner to left. Singles by McGehee and Walker scored McCutchen. McGehee was trapped off second and tagged out. Hague then homered to left before Lester got two fly balls to end the inning.
Middle of the 4th: Pirates 4, Red Sox 3: Gonzalez doubled and scored on a Salty homer that was way beyond he fence in right. It sailed past the “Plumbing Today: We Keep Things Running Around Here” sign.
Top of the 5th: Pirates 4, Red Sox 3: Bad day for Jon Lester: 3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 80 pitches, 50 strikes against the Pirates. Tazawa came in and allowed a double by Correia, the pitcher. With one out, Harrison grounded back to the mound. Tazawa ran at Correia and flipped the ball to Iglesias.
The shortstop chased down Correia. As Harrison went to second. Iglesias made what amounted to a 60-foot blind feed to second for the double play.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Pirates 4: Youkilis singled and scored on a double by Gonzalez, a ball that got up in the wind and carried to the wall.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Pirates 4: 1-2-3 inning for Tazawa Joel Hanrahan coming in for the Pirates.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Pirates 4: Lavarway singled before Repko walked with one out. Pinch hitter Lars Anderson whiffed. Ciriaco (0 for 4) grounded to short. The first baseman dropped the ball, so he was safe. But Repko was caught off second. Lavarnway had little choice but to head for the plate and was tagged out to end the inning.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Pirates 4: 1-2-3 inning for Tazawa, aided by a nice catch of a sinking liner by Repko in center.
Lots of subs in now as Youk, Gonzo, and Salty are done. I
t’ll be clubhouse time soon, so if the updates stop, that’s why.
Middle of the 8th: Pirates 6, Red Sox 5: The Sox took a 5-4 lead in the seventh on a homer by Mauro Gomez. But Andrew Bailey allowed a two-run homer by Nate McLouth.
Franklin Morales coming in to pitch now. It’s his spring debut.
Top of the 9th: Pirates 6, Red Sox 5: Morales struck out the first hitter, walked the second, then got a double play.
Back to the clubhouse.