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Spring training is off and rolling and the Boston Red Sox showed some pretty good signs against Northeastern and Boston College on Thursday afternoon. It may have been against college teams, but there was no real sign of any wildness for any of the relievers that were thrown onto the mound in the wins.
Against Northeastern, Joel Hanrahan and company combined for a four-hit shutout in the 3-0 win. Hanrahan struck out a couple batters in the first inning after allowing a single and hitting a batter. Daniel Bard came on in the second inning and threw 18 pitches. He struck out the side after allowing a leadoff single. Clayton Mortenson, Alex Wilson, Andrew Miller, Pedro Beato and Anthony Carter combined to allow only two more hits against the Huskies.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia started off the scoring with a RBI double in the first inning. Pedro Ciriaco and Jose Iglesias added RBI singles in the fifth and sixth innings to put this game away for the Red Sox.
Each of the Red Sox regulars who were healthy enugh to play were in the lineup and got two plate appearances. These included Saltalamacchia, Dustin Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks, Jonny Gomes, Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino.
In the second game of the afternoon, the Red Sox routed the BC Eagles 11-1. The lone run was given up by Junichi Tazawa in the third inning.
The offense was the real show for the Sox in this game. The Sox scored first on a RBI single from Jeremy Hazelbaker to knock Mauro Gomez in after he led off the second inning with a double. BC answered with a run off Tazawa with a RBI groundout from Matt Pare that scored John Hennessy.
The Sox really took a hold of this game with a eight-run third inning that included a RBI single for Brock Holt, a RBI double for Jackie Bradley, Jr., a two-run double for Jonathan Diaz, a two-run single by Mauro Gomez and it ended with a two-run home run for catcher Daniel Butler. Shannon Wilkerson added a blast in his first at-bat to make it 11-1.
Koji Uehara started off the game with an up-and-down inning that included a leadoff single, a strikeout, and a throwing error from Diaz. Andrew Bailey, Jose De La Torre, Terry Doyle and Brock Huntzinger all threw scoreless innings of relief to lead the Sox to a dominant afternoon.
In his first game at third base, Xander Bogaerts finished 1-for-4 in the second game against BC.