Game 8 Grapefruit League: Red Sox 5, Marlins 3

FORT MYERS, Fla. –- Josh Beckett and Andrew Bailey both recovered nicely from shaky beginnings. Pedro Ciriaco again proved why he might be a utilityman the Red Sox will be able to use at some point during 2012. And Mike Aviles is hitting like a man determined to be the Opening Day shortstop.

What went right: Aviles hit the ball with authority twice, clubbing a double and a triple. Ciriaco belted a walkoff two-run homer and made a nice relay throw to nail a runner at the plate. Beckett hit two batters in the first, but settled down to pitch four solid innings. David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia impressed manager Bobby Valentine by hustling from first to third on hits.

What went wrong: Outfielder Ryan Sweeney left the game after two innings with a nagging left quad. Bailey, making his first appearance as Boston’s closer, gave up hits to the first three batters he faced. At least he minimized the damage, giving up only one run.

What they said: “He’s got big league stuff. He’s an All Star. We just want him to break camp healthy.” – Saltalamacchia on Bailey.

What’s next: Fifth-starter candidate Felix Doubront will get the ball in a 7:05 p.m. ET contest airing live on MLB.TV against the Yankees. The Sox regulars scheduled to make the trip are Mike Aviles, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Righty Vicente Padilla, who is also vying for a rotation job, is slated to pitch in relief. Ivan Nova will get the nod starting nod for New York.

Injury update: “He’s going to throw 90 feet today with the trainer. He’s ready to progress here mid-week with some monitored swings.” – Valentine on left fielder Carl Crawford.

7 Comments

OK Ian, we’ll try to get this blog back to where it used to be. That will be a long road back.

Aviles is looking pretty good so far at short, and with Iglesias waiting in the wings I think the Sox’ long-term SS problem may finally be resolved.
I’m not so sure about Aaron Cook, he is injured SOOO often. I guess he’s better than nothing.
I’m hoping for good things from Felix D.

I’m committed to posting more this year if you guys are more committed to commenting. That said, I’m going home to see my family for a few days! I’ll be back early next week :)

GO SOXS……..
I want to see more bunting

I am slowly getting into the mood to commenting more on this blog. More importantly, I am becoming more and more optimistic about the Red Sox based on what I heard and saw. Go Sox!

So much for “user friendly”… SHEESH!
Bummer for Bard today. Hope he can get back on the beam next outing. GO SOX!

We know Aceves can start or relief, a work horse. I know it’s a ST game. The idea of having Bard start scares me. Let’s see Bard’s next start. Yes start not relief.

Tha Yanks signed Pettitte to one year minor league contarct. Minor league for $2.5MM? Not too bad. Is Pedro waiting in the wings?

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