Sunday, March 5th vs. Atlanta Braves: W 11-1
The Red Sox shelled out 11 runs against the Braves as the offense exploded in the seventh inning to push eight runs across the plate. Andrew Benintendi had two doubles, drove in a run and scored one of his own while Mookie Betts drove in two runs. Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. went hitless in the game but the Braves could only muster one run. Kyle Kendrick started the game for the Sox and threw four hitless innings. Heath Hembree, Robbie Ross, Noe Ramirez, Brandon Workman and Luis Ysla all pitched in the game as well, with Ross being the pitcher to allow the lone run for Atlanta. Hembree struck out three out of the four batters he faced on the day.
Monday, March 6th vs. Houston Astros: T 5-5
The long-awaited debut of Chris Sale came on Monday when he got the ball against Houston. He tossed two innings, throwing 37 pitches and hitting 97 mph with his fastball at one point. Sale gave up two runs and struck out two. Sam Travis, who has been a force all spring, hit a three-run homer in the third while Rusney Castillo hit an RBI single for a two-run lead before Steve Selsky homered for the fifth run for Boston. The Astros, down by one in the eighth, tied the game and it remained tied after nine innings and the game was called, resulting in a 5-5 tie.
Tuesday, March 7th vs Washington Nationals: W 5-3
Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez each hit a solo home run in the first for a two-run lead before Bryce Harper came around to score to cut Boston’s lead to one. The Nats would tie the game in the second before Pablo Sandoval gave Boston their two-run lead back with a single that scored Ramirez and Moreland in the fourth. Boston would go up by three and Washington could only muster one more run to give the Sox a 5-3 win. Matt Barnes, Marcus Walden, Edgar Olmos, Austin Maddox and Ysla all threw scoreless innings. Eduardo Rodriguez got the start and gave up two runs.
Closer Craig Kimbrel threw a simulated game on Monday throwing 21 pitches, 12 of those for strikes.
The Red Sox play the New York Mets on Wednesday and Tim Tebow is expected to be on the roster for New York as the designated hitter.
Both Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright will throw live batting practice on Wednesday. Sox skipper John Farrell said they should be ready for the beginning of the season.
David Price, who avoided elbow surgery after visiting Dr. James Andrews, said there is no real timetable for him to start throwing again but that he feels better daily, according to the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham.
Castillo leads the team in hitting this spring with a .545 average. He has three doubles and is 6-for-11.
Coming into today, Travis was batting .333 with two home runs and six RBI.
With today’s first-inning home run, Betts is batting .513 with a 14-game hit streak in Grapefruit League games dating back to last year.
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