WRAPPING UP (4:43, END 9, 5-3 SOX)
The Red Sox moved to 5-3 in Grapefruit League games behind a strong start by Josh Beckett and two more impressive outings from Manny Delcarmen and Takashi Saito. J.D. Drew's return was a success, as he went 1 for 2 with a walk and felt good about his back afterward.
Julio Lugo -- now batting .417 during GFL games -- went 2 for 3. Josh Reddick -- batting .455 in GFL action -- led off and went 3 for 5. Jeff Bailey (.462) delivered a two-run double, and Zach Daeges blasted a two-run homer, his first of the spring.
ON THE DOUBLE (3:32, BOTTOM 7, 5-3 Sox)
Ramon Ramirez just allowed a run on a double play ball. The Marlins strung together two singles, the second on a hit-and-run, to bring themselves a touch closer on the scoreboard to the Sox.
BASES LOADED, THEN UNLOADED (3:07, TOP 6, 5-2 Sox)
Manny Delcarmen just struck out Cameron Maybin looking with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning. He followed that up with a swinging strikeout of Chris Coghlan, and then faced Robert Andino with the bases still full. But not for long. Andino struck out swinging to finish up the inning with no damage done.
THREE FOR THE HOME TEAM (2:45, BOTTOM 5, 5-2 Sox)
Jeff Bailey just smacked a double, bringing home two runs for the Sox (Julio Lugo and Chris Carter). Jed Lowrie followed that up with another double, bringing another run home for the Sox.
DREW OUT (2:42, BOTTOM 5, 2-2)
That's it for J.D. Drew, who just walked, then came out for pinch runner Chris Carter.
Also, you've got to love when players start jogging along the warning track, like a couple of the Marlins are doing now.
MARLINS TIE IT UP (2:37, TOP 5, 2-2)
So this wasn't Zach Daeges's finest moment (unlike the line-drive homer earlier in the game). Daeges made a bit of a ridiculous dive in left field to try to nab a drive from John Baker. He didn't come close, then popped up and hurried the throw in to the cut-off man. On the play, Chris Coghlan came around to score.
OKAJIMA'S FIRST MISTAKE (2:27, TOP 5, 2-1 SOX)
Cameron Maybin, the first batter he faced, just crushed an Okajima pitch high and far over the left field fence. It was the first run he allowed in three innings this spring. Chris Coghlan followed with a walk.
Maybin, you might remember, was a big-time prospect who the Tigers sent to the Marlins in the Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera trade.
OKAJIMA IN (2:20, END 4, 2-0 SOX)
Nothing doing for the Red Sox in the fourth; Josh Reddick was thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning. Saito is finished, and now we've got Hideki Okajima on the hill.
SAITO LOOKING GOOD (2:12, MID 4, 2-0 SOX)
Saito continued his impressive spring, walking Jeremy Hermedia then retiring the next three Marlins he faced. Saito struck out Stanton and Ross, both swinging, and got Wes Helms to fly to center.
SAITO ENTERS (2:03, END 3, 2-0 SOX)
Jeff Bailey reached on a throwing error, but the Sox otherwise went quietly in the third. Takashi Saito is on now. He threw three innings, allowing three hits (I missed one somehow in the third; my bad) and striking out two. Beckett threw exactly 45 pitches, 31 of which were strikes.
BECKETT STRONG (1:54, MID 3, 2-0 SOX)
Beckett might be done for the day after the third inning, which was another 1-2-3 quikie. This seemed like a productive outing for Beckett -- he got deeper into a start and he worked from the stretch for the first time.
Also, Drew led off the third with a ground out to second.
DAEGES GOES DEEP (1:42, BOT 2, 2-0 SOX)
After Jed Lowrie singled up the middle, Zach Daeges lashed a 1-1 pitch from Marlins starter Chris Volstad -- who has good stuff, by the way -- over the right field fence. That's Daegas's first home run.
BECKETT BACK TO FORM (1:37, MID 2, 0-0)
After dealing with some base runners in the first, Beckett dominated in the second. He struck out Cody Ross to begin a 1-2-3 inning. Francona wants Beckett to throw about 45 pitches today, which would be his longest outing.
DREW'S BACK (1:30, TOP 2, 0-0)
In his return to action after flying to Boston for an injection his stiff back, J.D. Drew singled up the middle in the second inning. Drew should get three bats as a designated hitter, Terry Francona said this morning. Francona reiterated that there is nothing seriously wrong with Drew, that the shot was merely an attempt to alleviate discomfort.
“I don’t whether anybody believes me,” Francona said. “But he is OK.”
Josh Beckett pitched a scoreless first despite allowing his first two hits of the spring, and the Red Sox and Marlins are tied.