DUNEDIN, Fla. – We’re about to get underway here.
Daniel Bard makes an important start vs. the Blue Jays, the second straight start against the AL East rival. Bard allowed three runs on three hits,three walks and three strikeouts on March 20th. Bard still has a chance to stick as the fourth starter.
The lineup will be without Kevin Youkilis, who has back stiffness. he’s replaced at third base by Nate Spears. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who is hititng .429, will be the designated hitter today.
Top 1st: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0
The Sox offense came out smoking against lefty Aaron Laffey. Mike Aviles led off with a double to left followed by Jacoby Ellsbury’s triple to right field scoring Aviles. Adrian Gonzalez’ sacrifice fly to center got the second run in. Ryan Lavarnway also doubled to the rightcenter gap, but was stranded at second base.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0
Daniel Bard allowed a leadoff single up the middle to kelly Johnson, but he was erased on a Yunel Escobar 5-4-3 double-play grounder. Jose Bautista flew out to right.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 0
Mike Aviles doubled in Nate Spears with the third Boston run. Kelly Shoppach led off with a walk, after moved to second base on Spears’ single. Shoppach was thrown out trying to got from second to third on a fly ball to right by second baseman Jonathan Hee, but Aviles hit his second double in as many at-bats.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1
Adam Lind hit a curveball out of the ballaprk vs. Bard, but he had astrong inning after that with two strikeouts.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1
The Sox go down in order in the third.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2
Bard fell behind on some counts, walking No. 9 hitter Jeff Mathis, throwing a wild pitch and then allowing an RBI single to Yunel escobar after falling behind the count 2-0.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2
Spears singled for the second straight time, but the Sox did nothing else vs. Laffey.
Bottom 4th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 3
Bard allowed a double to Lind down the third base line and a single to Encarnacion, The run scored on Brett Lawrie’s double play grounder.
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3
Darnell McDonald’s triple to left on a ball that Eric Thames tried to make a diving catch on and missed, scored Mike Aviles (who reached with his third hit), and Adran Gonzalez (single).
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3
Bard allowed a walk, but got out of the inning and looked strong.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3
Shoppach reached on an error, but the Sox couldn’t do much.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 5
Bard hit Bautista off the helmet, on a ball that was at first ruled a foul ball. After umpires convened, Bautista was awarded first base. Rajii Davis, pinch-running for Bautista, stole second and went to third on Shoppach’s throwing error. Lind walked. Encarnacion doubled in a run, but Bard then settled down and struck out Brett Lawrie, got Thames to ground out to second scoring the tying run and struck out Colby Rasmus to end the inning.
Bottom 10th: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 5
Ricardo Nanita singled in Luis Valbuena against Sox reliever Doug Mathis.