Thursday, February 26, 2009


Grapefruit League play started for the Red Sox with the annual contest against the BC Eagles, and the opener of the 2009 Mayor's Cup.

The Sox extended their winning streak over BC, even though they were shut-out until the 5th inning of the 7 inning contest. David Ortiz was 0 for 2, Julio Lugo was 0 for 1 with a walk, JD Drew was 0 for 0 with a walk, Rocco Baldelli was 0 for 3, Clay Buchholz pitched a perfect 3rd inning, recording 1 strikeout.

Already, the 2009 season is better than 2008. Last year, Beckett was grabbing his back in pain after his first Spring Training start. This year, he threw 2 perfect innings, struck out 2, and the outing was totally pain free.

Across town at the Twins' facility, the rest of the Sox lost 5-2. Notable performances:

Jacoby Ellsbury: 0/3
Dustin Pedroia: 2/3, 2B
Kevin Youkilis: 1/3, R
Jason Bay: 0/3
Brad Wilkerson: 1/3, R, Error
Jed Lowrie: 1/2, 3B, RBI
Jeff Bailey: 2/2, RBI
Josh Bard: 0/3

And now the pitchers...

Tim Wakefield: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Justin Masterson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Manny Delcarmen: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Javier Lopez: IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Ramon Ramirez: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Josh Bard also looked less than smooth catching Wakefield. But I don't think it's time to sound the Mirabelli Alarm and get a replacement. After all, Wakefield might not be in the rotation at all in a few months.

The Sox host the Pirates Thursday afternoon.


Photo Credits:
AP Photo/Steven Senne

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