Tuesday, March 14 vs Toronto Blue Jays: W 5-4
Drew Pomeranz gave up two hits, two earned runs and struck out no one over two innings of work. But the Red Sox were able to score five runs and hold off the Blue Jays despite them coming within one in the ninth inning. Boston scored two in the third to tie the game and took the lead the following inning. Toronto tied the game at three in the top of the seventh but the Sox would re-take the lead after pushing two more runs across the plate.
Wednesday, March 15 vs Tampa Bay Rays: T 3-3
Boston took a 1-0 lead in the third but found themselves down by two after Tampa Bay scored three runs in the sixth. The Sox would come within one run in their half of the sixth and add one more in the eighth to tie the game at three. Neither team would be able to score another run and the game resulted in a 3-3 tie.
Thursday, March 16 vs Pittsburgh Pirates: W 4-3
The Red Sox racked up 11 hits in Thursday's game against the Pirates. Chris Sale hurled four innings, allowed seven hits and three runs. The three runs he gave up were the only runs Pittsburgh would muster. Boston found themselves down by one in the eighth and would go on to score two more runs to seal the 4-3 win.
Friday, March 17 vs Houston Astros: L 6-2
Eduardo Rodriguez continued to pitch well in spring games, throwing four innings and giving up no runs to the Astros. However, that wasn't the case for the other pitchers as they allowed six runs while Boston could only push two across the plate.
Saturday, March 18 vs Minnesota Twins: W 12-5
Pablo Sandoval had two home run on the afternoon and Boston got a strong outing from Steven Wright against the Minnesota Twins. Boston scored two in the second and five runs in the fourth and sixth and broke the game open and out of reach for the Twins. Fun fact: Both Xander Bogaerts and Hanely Ramirez were not in the lineup today and the team still produced 12 runs.
Other news and notes:
John Farrell named 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello the starting pitcher for Opening Day.
Chris Sale will be the starter for game number two.
The Red Sox plan to have Tyler Thornburg pitch in a minor league game on Tuesday. According to the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham, the schedule allows for four games beyond that.
The 15-day disabled list has been switched to 10 days. Farrell said he thinks the DL will now be scrutinized.
The Red Sox decided it was best for Rodriguez to not pitch in the World Baseball Classic in the second round.
Sam Travis has three home runs this spring.
Kyle Kendrick has a 1.50 ERA and has given up three earned runs. Although he is slated to start the season in Triple A, he will be first in line to get the call up if he's needed.
Ramirez has yet to play a game at first base in Spring Training due to a sore shoulder and has been limited to the DH position. Mitch Moreland and Travis have been filling in the spot and both have been doing an exceptional job.
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