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Josh Beckett looked very sharp in the first Red Sox game of the Spring Training, and it’s worth noting even though he squared off against Boston College. Beckett struck out two batters in two perfect innings of a 7-1 Red Sox win.
Tim Wakefield struggled in his start Wednesday night in a 5-2 loss against the Twins. Wake gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks in his two innings. The Sox are now 0-1 in the Grapefruit League (the win over BC was just an exhibition) while the Twins improve to 1-0.
BC drew first blood in the fourth inning, when Sox lefty prospect Kris Johnson allowed an RBI single by Mike Belfiore that scored by Mike Augustine.
The Red Sox hitters didn’t show up against BC until a sixth-run fifth inning, which was more than enough in a 7-1 exhibition win. Angel Chavez hit a two-run double and Chris Carter added a three-run double to blow the game open.
Clay Buchholz tacked on a scoreless inning of relief, which is good sign, even against a college team.
One may blame familiar catcher Josh Bard for Wake’s struggles, but Bard did not allow any passed balls, which is a positive sign. Bard caught the game for the knuckleballer, which means he probably will handle the bulk of the catching duties for Wake this season.
Reigning AL MVP Dustin Pedroia doubled in his first at bat, while Jeff Bailey finished with two singles and one RBI.
SS Jed Lowrie tripled in the Sox other run in the sixth inning, scoring in Brad Wilkerson from first base. Wilkerson figures to be the fourth outfielder by the time the season starts, while Lowrie is competing with Julio Lugo for the starting job at shortstop.
Justin Masterson appeared for two innings of relief, allowing one hit and one walk.