FORT MYERS, Fla. — Good evening from JetBlue Park. The Red Sox are about to play the Yankees. Or at least a handful of guys who will be Yankees.
Adam Warren, not David Phelps, is starting for the Yankees.
The game is on television nationally but we’ll provide some updates along the way. So feel free to check here from time to time and, please, feel free to leave your comments.
Top of the 2nd: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0: Cook got two groundouts and struck out Jones. That’s 6.1 scoreless innings for him this spring. Phelps them retired the Sox in order, too.
Top of the 3rd: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0: Chavez singled before Cook picked him off. Ibanez grounded out and Laird flied to center. In the bottom of the inning, Ortiz singled and went to third on a one-out single by Sweeney. But Shoppach flied to right.
Top of the 4th: Yankees 0, Red Sox 0: Cook retired the side in order, getting two more groundballs. Of his nine out, five have come on the ground. He has been impressive all spring. The bottom of the inning saw Aviles strike out, Ellsbury ground to first and Pedroia strike out on a pitch that hit him.
Pedroia was taken out of the game. The ball appeared to strike him in the forearm or wrist.
UPDATE ON PEDROIA: The Red Sox announced that Pedroia has a “right forearm contusion.” That’s a bruise. It’s also a better spot than the wrist.
Top of the 5th: Yankees 2, Red Sox 0: Cook’s scoreless streak ended at 8.1 innings. Gardner led off with a double and scored on a triple to center by Granderson. It was a rocket to the wall that Ellsbury could not catch up to. Jones then singled in Granderson.
Cook picked Jones off. He then got Chavez to fly to center and Ibanez to ground to second as Pedro Ciriaco (in for Pedroia) made a nice play.
The Sox went in order against Warren, who has been impressive.
Ohlendorf is in, Cook having thrown 48 pitches, 31 strikes.
Middle of the 6th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 0: Ohlendorf allowed two runs in the top of the fifth. The Sox have two hits so far.
Middle of the 7th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 0: The Sox put two runners with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. But Ortiz grounded into the shift for the second time.
Middle of the 8th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 0: As the Trenton Thunder face the Portland Sea Dogs the Sox still have only two hits. Melancon just worked a scoreless inning.
Top of the 9th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 3: The Sox broke through against major league reliever Cory Wade. Jason Repko and and the great Pedro Ciriaco had doubles. Nate Spears then singled in Ciriaco. Francona must have been excited, he loves Spears.
Anderson doubled high of the wall in center, scoring Spears. But the Sox stranded him there.
Middle of the 9th: Yankees 4, Red Sox 3: Three outs left for the Sox.
Game over: Yankees 4, Red Sox 4: Sweeney led off with a single against George Kontos. Lavanway struck out before Aviles doubled off the wall, pushing Sweeney to third.
Repko was next and he dropped down a suicide squeeze bunt. Sweeney scored without a play at the plate. Ciriaco came up with two outs and a man on third and struck out.
They called it then.