GRAPEFRUIT STAND: The Red Sox are 12-10-1 (.524) in Grapefruit League play…The 12 wins are 1 more than their 2014 GL total (11-17-2)…Boston is 3-2-1 in its last 5 com- pleted games but has dropped 5 of its last 10 (4-5-1). Boston has won 12 of its last 21 games beginning with a 7-game winning streak over 6 days from 3/7- 12…The win streak was Boston’s longest in spring training since a 7-gamer in 2009…The club last produced a longer win streak in spring training with a 9-game tear in 1981 (Source: Bill Nowlin – SABR).
CATCHING RAYS: Today’s game marks the 3rd of 4 meet- ings between the Red Sox and Rays this spring, with the clubs wrapping up their spring series back in Port Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon…They faced off yesterday in Port Charlotte, with the Sox taking a 9-6 decision, and Boston took their first meeting 5-1 on 3/10 at JetBlue Park. These clubs will face each other 19 times during the regular season, first in Tampa Bay from 4/21-23…The Rays’ first trip to Boston will be from 5/4-6. Boston dropped the 2014 season series against the Rays, 9-10, despite outscoring Tampa Bay 82-66…The Sox won 6 of their 9 meetings at Fenway Park.
YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Yesterday the Red Sox defeated the Rays 9-6 at Charlotte Sports Park…Boston led 6-0 before allowing 5 runs, all unearned, in the bottom of the 4th. Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with 2 RBI and his team- leading 3rd home run of the spring…Hanley Ramirez drove in a pair of runs on a sac fly in the first inning and an RBI double in the in the 3rd…Jemile Weeks, Jeff Bianchi, and Quintin Berry also doubled. Steven Wright picked gave up 5 runs, none earned, in 3.2 innings of work…He has now won all 3 of his starts this spring, allowing no earned runs in 9.2 innings as a starter…Matt Barnes (2.1 IP), Brandon Workman (1.0 IP), Dana Eveland (1.0 IP), and Edwin Escobar combined for scoreless relief.
ON THE BACK FIELDS: Three major league players not participating in yesterday’s road game played in minor league games on the back fields at the Fenway South Player Development Complex. Rick Porcello started for High-A Salem…He faced 32 batters, recording 25 outs over 7.0 IP (2 batters reached on errors)…He faced 6 extra batters following the 3rd out in extended innings…His line: 7.0 IP, 5 H (2 1B, 3 2B), R, ER, BB, 6 SO, 96 pitches/71 strikes. Humberto Quintero caught Porcello’s seven innings of work…In 6 PA, all with High-A Salem, he went 0-for-6…Note he was hit by a pitch in his 5th PA but continued the at-bat. Pablo Sandoval did not play in the field…In 11 total PA between both High-A Salem and Single-A Greenville, he went 3-for-11, 2B (2-for-5 in 5 PA with Salem, and 1-for-6, 2B in 6 PA with Greenville).