Spring training has officially begun for the World Champion Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox beat Boston College and Northeastern University by a combined score of 39-0.
In the 24-0 victory over BC, Josh Beckett looked sharp, throwing 2 perfect innings while striking-out 4 of 6 batters faced. Beckett was successfully followed by Kyle Snyder, Javier Lopez, Manny Delcarmen and Bryan Corey who threw effectively only surrendering one hit over five innings of work. Outfielder Brandon Moss went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and catching prospect George Kottaras drove in three runs. Big Papi and Dustin Pedroia also hit RBI doubles in an eight-run second inning.
Justin Masterson’s Red Sox debut against NE was impressive. Masterson who has a chance to progress to the Boston bullpen in 2008, pitched two-scoreless innings, allowing one-hit and fanning one. 2005 first round draft pick Craig Hansen did nothing to hinder his chance of making the team by throwing a scoreless inning and striking-out two hitters. Coco Crisp, J.D. Drew, Alex Cora, and Chris Carter all had doubles, Carter also scored 3 runs.
Terry Francona announced the regulars expected to play in today’s game against the Minnesota Twins: Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Lowell, Julio Lugo, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Coco Crisp, and Bobby Kielty. Daisuke Matsuzaka will be the starter.
Today’s game is big-time; it’s for the Fort Myers Mayor’s Cup…
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