Catching up here. Spring Training will only last a couple more weeks. It is looking more and more likely that Stephen Drew, David Ortiz, Franklin Morales, and Craig Breslow will all start the season on the Disabled List. This could lead to Jose Iglesias, Ryan Lavarnway, and Jackie Bradley Jr. all making the big league club, as well as delaying a tough decision on Clayton Mortenson, who was impressive last year, and Daniel Bard, who has looked good this year. I still think we will see a trade before the season.
Red Sox 3 Orioles 3
Game 1 of a split-squad doubleheader ended in a tie. Boston had a few chances to put the game away but just could not do it.
Player of the Game: Bryce Brentz (1 for 2, home run). Making his Spring Training debut after shooting himself in the leg, Brentz wasted little time in showing that he is one of the best power-hitting prospects in the Red Sox system in years.
Red Sox 5 Twins 0
Game 2 of the doubleheader went to Boston without any doubt.
Player of the Game: Felix Doubront (4 IP, 2 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts). Doubront looks pretty good after a slow start to the Spring. Looking forward to him this year.
Red Sox 9 Rays 2
Alfredo Aceves started the game on his return to the team from the WBC. He almost managed to start a brawl. Aceves is crazy, not Vicente Padilla-crazy (who is?) but he's crazy.
Player of the Game: Ronald Bermudez (3 for 4, run, 2 RBIs)
Red Sox 5 Rays 2
The Red Sox wore green today and beat the Rays in at least the 417th time they have played them this year. These two teams are going to be very familiar with each other by the time the season starts.
Player of the Game: Jon Lester (6 IP, 6 strikeouts). The Red Sox had a perfect game through eight innings and man, Lester looks ready to put 2012 behind him. Good thing too.