Ortiz homers as Red Sox top Yanks
Returning to third base, Lowell adds long ball in seven-run inning
RED SOX 8, YANKEES 4
Fort Myers, Fla.
Friday, March 13
Red Sox at the plate: Mike Lowell, playing his second game of Spring Training and first at third base, went 2-for-2 with a solo homer and a single. David Ortiz, in his first game back from the World Baseball Classic, belted a two-run homer, his first of the Grapefruit League season, capping a seven-run second inning.
Yankees at the plate: Cody Ransom was 1-for-3, knocking an RBI double that fell just a couple of feet short of clearing the wall. Xavier Nady had a hit, scored a run and drove in two runs.
Red Sox on the mound: Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield gave up five hits and four runs over 2 1/3 innings, walking three, striking out three and hitting a batter. Wakefield threw 64 pitches, including 35 strikes. Closer Jonathan Papelbon fired a scoreless inning, striking out one. Setup man Takashi Saito struck out two in his inning, allowing one hit.
Yankees on the mound: Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang was belted around for six hits and seven runs over 1 2/3 innings, walking none and striking out one. Six of the runs were unearned, though Wang gave up two homers. Brett Tomko fired 3 1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out five.Grapefruit League records: Red Sox 6-8; Yankees 5-8 Up next: The Red Sox will travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to face the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET. Left-hander Jon Lester was scheduled to start but will instead pitch in a Minor League game. Adam Mils will pitch for the Red Sox against the O's in place of Lester, and Jed Lowrie and Rocco Baldelli will be among the position players making the trip.
The Yankees will have split-squad contests on Saturday. A.J. Burnett will get the ball at home against the Astros at 1:15 ET, while Phil Hughes will start in Bradenton, Fla., against the Pirates at 1:05 ET.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.