BREAKDOWN: Seven pitchers combined on a four-hitter in the first game for the Sox. They struck out 14 over the seven-inning game. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had an RBI double. Pedro Ciriaco and Jose Iglesias added run-scoring singles. The Sox had 11 hits against the Eagles, six for extra bases. Dan Butler and Shannon Wilkerson each had two-run homers.
THUMBS UP: Clayton Mortensen struck out two of the three Northeastern batters he faced. “Every time I see the guy pitch he gets people out,” manager John Farrell said. … Mauro Gomez was 3 for 3 with two RBIs against BC. … Jeremy Hazelbaker drew two walks and had a single in three plate appearances in the second game.
THUMBS DOWN: Dustin Pedroia struck out looking and grounded into a double play in the first game. He was muttering to himself. … Jonny Gomes misplayed what should have been a routine fly ball into a single in the first game. … Jonathan Diaz, a non-roster second baseman, had a throwing error in the nightcap.
MEDICAL REPORT: Mike Napoli (hips) and David Ortiz (right Achilles') didn’t play. Napoli is expected to start running the bases next week and could be in games soon after. Ortiz is at least a week behind that schedule. … LHP Craig Breslow (shoulder) is improving and will soon start throwing.
AROUND THE BASES: The Red Sox were the first major league team to play a game this spring, discounting intrasquad games. … Andrew Bailey, who has been throwing the ball since the first day of camp, looked sharp in his inning against BC. His fastball command has been excellent. … Will Middlebrooks, in his first game since breaking his right wrist, was 0 for 2. … The Northeastern players crowded around the batting cage to watch Ortiz take some swings. Big Papi then posed for photos and signed autographs. … NESN’s Jerry Remy arrived at Fenway South. … The Red Sox are 23-0 against BC and 11-0 against Northeastern.
NEXT GAME: Tampa Bay on Saturday at 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI). John Lackey will face lefthander Enny Romero.