Boston breaks out bats to beat Florida
Ellsbury, Youk, Beltre, Hermida have two hits apiece in win
RED SOX 6, MARLINS 4
at Fort Myers, Fla.
Thursday, March 25
Marlins at the plate: Dan Uggla belted a two-run homer in the sixth, putting Florida on the board. Mike Lamb, trying to make the team as a left-handed bat off the bench, had two doubles and an RBI.
Red Sox at the plate: Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run. Marco Scutaro, batting in the No. 2 spot, had a triple and two RBIs. Victor Martinez produced an RBI double and Kevin Youkilis went 2-for-4. Adrian Beltre also had a good day, smashing two hits, scoring a run and driving in one. Jeremy Hermida went 2-for-2 to raise his Grapefruit League average to .432.Marlins on the mound: Chris Volstad, who appears to be on the inside track for a spot in the rotation, turned in a solid performance. He gave up eight hits over 4 1/3 innings, walking none and striking out three. Of the four runs Volstad surrendered, just one of them was earned. Rick VandenHurk, who has been in the hunt for a rotation spot, gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Red Sox on the mound: Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield turned in a quality start, giving up six hits and three runs over six innings. He walked two and struck out five. All three runs Wakefield allowed came in his final inning. Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, slowed earlier in camp by a sore back, made his Grapefruit League debut out of the bullpen, giving up two hits and a run over two innings. Worth noting: Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who has been heating up in Grapefruit League play, was given Thursday off. Cody Ross (sore right calf) may be ready to play in the field on Friday.
Grapefruit League records: Red Sox 11-12; Marlins 11-11.
Up next: Marlins Opening Day starter Josh Johnson will face the Mets on Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium. This will be Johnson's final Grapefruit League start. The way his rotation spots have shaped up, Johnson has been lined up to face the Mets on March 31, and in the April 5 opener. On March 31, Johnson is expected to pitch in a Minor League game.
Lefty Jon Lester will take the ball for Boston in Friday's home game against the Blue Jays, who will have a split-squad at City of Palms Park. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia will return to the lineup after spraining his left wrist in Tuesday's game against the Twins.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.