GRAPEFRUIT STAND: The Red Sox are 14-10-1 (.583) in Grapefruit League play, T-2nd in the GL standings behind only the Mets (.607, 17-11)…The 14 wins are 3 more than their 2014 GL total (11-17-2)…Boston has won 3 straight and 4 of its last 5 contests. Boston has won 14 of its last 23 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 the Sox oppose a split Tampa Bay squad, with the Rays also playing a road game against the Orioles…This game marks the last of 4 meetings between these teams this spring…Boston has won each of their pre- vious 3 contests, outscoring Tampa Bay 17-9. These clubs will face each other 19 times during the regular season, fi rst 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 WIN: The Red Sox defeated the Twins last night at JetBlue Park by a 14-2 score, taking a commanding 4-games-to-1 lead in this year’s 9-game Chairman’s Cup se- ries between these cross-county rivals…The 14-run output was Boston’s largest this spring, with a spring-high 6 runs coming in a 7-hit 4th inning. Boston tallied 19 hits and 8 extra-base hits (7 2B, HR)…Mike Napoli went 2-for-2 with a broken-bat home run in the 4th inning…Mookie Betts (2-for- 3, 2B, RBI) led the team with 3 runs scored…David Ortiz (2-for-3) drove in a pair of runs, while Xander Bogaerts (2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, RBI) and Jeff Bianchi (2-for- 2, R, 2B, 2 RBI) also had multiple hits. Justin Masterson started and earned the win, allowing no earned runs in 5.2 innings (1 unearned run)… Robbie Ross Jr. (1.1 IP) and Brandon Workman (1.0 IP) followed with scoreless relief before Dana Eveland allowed a run in the 9th.
ON THE BACK FIELDS: Wade Miley is scheduled to pitch in today’s Triple-A Pawtucket’s game on the back fields at the Fenway South Player Development Complex against Twins farmhands beginning at 1:00 p.m. BETTS IS ON: Mookie Betts is leading all spring training qualifiers with a 1.367 OPS and is tied for the spring lead with 8 doubles…He tops the Grapefruit League in AVG (.467), SLG (.867), hits (21), extra-base hits (12), and total bases (tied, 39), and ranks 2nd in the GL in OBP (.500). CLAY’S DAY: On Sunday, Clay Buchholz was named the Red Sox’ Opening Day starter…He will face Phillies starter Cole Hamels on Monday, 4/6 at Citizens Bank Park…This marks Buchholz’s first such assignment…In past years he has started the club’s second (2013), third (2011-12), fifth (2014), and 6th (2008, 2010) games.