Game over: Rays 4, Red Sox 3: Jeremy Hazelbaker doubled with one out and scored on a two-out single by Xander Bogaerts, who is flying to Taiwan after the game for the WBC. But Nava fanned looking to end it.
Middle of the 9th: Rays 4, Red Sox 2: Last ups for Red Sox. David Ross leads off.
Middle of the 8th: Rays 4, Red Sox 2: Oscar Villareal allowed a two-run homer by Leslie Anderson.
Top of the 8th: Rays 2, Red Sox 2: Jose Iglesias went deep over the Faux Green Monster to tie the game. The blast scored Jeremy Hazelbaker, who had walked.
Iggy has shown a more powerful swing this spring and that certainly was evidence.
Middle of the 7th: Rays 2, Red Sox 0: The Sox have three hits and the Rays four. Not awhile not going on in this one. Both teams have substituted for their starting lineups.
Middle of the 6th: Rays 2, Red Sox 0: Sorry for the lapse in updates. Went down to the clubhouse to interview John Lackey.
It’s fair to say that was as relaxed and cheerful as Lackey has ever been speaking to the media since coming to Boston. He joked that he so excited about being being on the mound that he was “just trying to hit the glove in the air.”
Lackey said his surgically repaired elbow felt fine and that he pitched without some pain for the first time in years.
“I missed playing baseball,” he said.
Top of the 4th: Rays 2, Red Sox 0: Middlebrooks singled before Sweeney walked with one out. But Ellsbury grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
Middle of the 3rd: Rays 2, Red Sox 0: Jennings doubled before Joyce walked. Joyce should have popped out but Salty dropped the ball. When Jennings stole third, Salty’s throw went into left field and a run scored.
Cust grounded into a double play and Roberts grounded back to Britton.
Top of the 3rd: Rays 1, Red Sox 0: 1-2-3 inning for Brandon Gomes.
Middle of the 2nd: Rays 1, Red Sox 0: Jose Lobaton walked with one out, took second on a wild pitch and third on a fly ball to center. But Zobrist grounded to third.
Top of the 2nd: Rays 1, Red Sox 0: Ellsbury drew a walk of Alex Colome. But Pedroia fanned looked and Victorino grounded into a 3-6-3 double play. Lackey is done and Drake Britton is in.
Middle of the 1st: Rays 1, Red Sox 0: Lackey loaded the bases on 10 pitches. Ben Zobrist walked on five pitches. Desmond Jennings then singled to left before Lackey hit Matt Joyce with a 1-1 fastball.
Jack Cust fanned swinging. Ryan Roberts hit a fly ball to deep right to drive in a run. Lackey then got Sean Rodriguez on a fly to right to end the inning. Lackey threw 20 pitches, 10 strikes.
Pre-game: Beautiful day here in Fort Myers for the first Grapefruit League game of the season. John Lackey will be on the mound for an inning in his return from surgery.
NESN and WEEI will have the game. We’ll have updates here, too.