Ok so this spring is waaaaaaay different from last spring. The Red Sox are actually winning. Hopefully those winning ways will carry into the regular season and they won’t have the same dismal April they did in 2011. Oh please don’t like them repeat last year’s hideous opening week.
On Tuesday, the Sox hosted the newly named Miami Marlins at jetBlue Park where they won 5-3 in 10 innings. Josh Beckett took the hill and gave up a run on one hit in four innings. He walked two and beaned two batters. Cody Ross continued with his hot bat and Pedro Ciriaco belted a two-run homer in the 10th for the walk off win after new Sox closer, Andrew Bailey struggled a bit in his outing.
Ozzie Guillen was ejected in the 6th after arguing over a foul ball. Come again? Ozzie was ejected? Ozzie? I don’t believe such a thing. Bobby Valentine gave him a nice send-off wave as he headed off the field. Too bad Ozzie didn’t see this — we could’ve been in for some more of his antics.
On Wednesday, the Red Sox traveled to Tampa for their first spring meeting with the Yankees. I wasn’t sure I tuned in to the right game since it was over in less than three hours. That never happens. The game turned out to be a real nail-biting pitcher’s duel with the Sox coming out on top 1-0. Felix Doubront, who spent most of last season with Pawtucket, made a strong bid for the 5th starter position with an impressive four inning outing. He gave up two hits, no runs and struck out three before handing the ball over to Michael Bowden (who struck out the side, btw) in the 5th.
Pedro Ciriaco was the hero once again, smashing a triple that was misplayed by the Yankees right fielder, Zoilo Almonte. Ciriaco scored on an error when the throw home overshot the catcher. Of course, if you weren’t staring directly at the television, you would never have known what happened since those YES Network dubs were discussing their favorite recipes or some crap like that rather than paying attention to what was going on with the game. I hate when the Sox aren’t on NESN… I miss my Don and Jerry terribly.
I’m not sure if I should mention the fact that the Sox are 7-2 so far in Grapefruit League play. Meh, what the hell. I’m saying it.
After a night off tonight, the BoSox will host those pesky St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday at 2:35pm. Supposedly Alfredo Aceves is slated to start but the last time I said he was going to start, he didn’t. So who knows…your guess is as good as mine.