Lugo helps case with big day
Masterson tosses three scoreless frames as Sox pound Rays
RED SOX 8, RAYS 2
Fort Myers, Fla.
Sunday, March 8
Red Sox at the plate: Julio Lugo made his strongest showing yet in his quest to reclaim his job as the starting shortstop, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and drawing a walk. Top hitting prospect Lars Anderson went 1-for-3, scored a run and drove in a run. Zach Daeges belted a two-run homer, and Jonathan Van Every added a solo shot.
Rays at the plate: Leadoff man Fernando Perez went 1-for-3 and scored a run. Adam Kennedy was 1-for-3 with an RBI.Red Sox on the mound: Righty Justin Masterson fired three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. Closer Jonathan Papelbon gave up two hits over his one inning of work, but struck out three. Fireballing prospect Daniel Bard turned in another impressive performance, striking out the side and not allowing a baserunner in his inning on the hill.
Rays on the mound: Starter Wade Davis got shelled for eight hits and six runs over 2 2/3 innings. Dewon Day was strong in his two innings, striking out three.Grapefruit League record: Red Sox 4-6; Rays 5-5 Up next: Lefty Jon Lester, who is reportedly on the verge of signing a five-year contract extension, makes the start for the Red Sox in Monday's 1:05 p.m. ET game at Bradenton, Fla., against the Pirates. Takashi Saito, Hideki Okajima and Manny Delcarmen will get work out of the bullpen.
The Rays host the Twins on Monday at 1:05 p.m., with lefty Scott Kazmir taking the ball.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.