THE SPRING SLATE: Boston is 16 games into its Grapefruit League schedule, in which the club plays 32 major league spring training games over 31 days from 3/5-4/4…The club began its exhibition season with a sweep of Boston College and Northeastern University in a twin bill on 3/3. Today marks the club’s 16th day into a span of 21 contests in the first 20 days of Grapefruit League action, which began 3/5…This stretch continues until the team’s only GL off-day on 3/25.
GRAPEFRUIT STAND: At 9-7 (.563), the Red Sox rank T-5th the Grapefruit League…Boston is 1 win shy of the Grapefruit League lead (Yankees, 10-7)…The Red Sox have won 2 of their last 4 games and 9 of their last 14 contests. The club won 7 straight games over 6 days from 3/7- 12…It was Boston’s longest spring training win streak 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).
SEEING BIRDS: Today’s game marks the last of two spring matchups between the Red Sox and Orioles…A split Red Sox squad defeated the O’s in Sarasota on 3/5. These AL East rivals will face each other 19 time during the regular season, beginning with 4 games at Fenway Park from 4/17-20…Their first series in Baltimore begins shortly thereafter, from 4/24-26.
YESTERDAY’S NEWS: The Red Sox dropped a 6-3 deci- sion to the Blue Jays yesterday in Dunedin…It was the first of two spring contests against the Blue Jays, with the other coming in split-squad action on 4/1 at JetBlue Park. Garin Cecchini led the club with 3 hits (3-for-3)… Daniel Nava had 2 hits, with a double and an RBI… Brock Holt and Allen Craig also drove in a run each. Henry Owens started and took the loss (3.0+ IP, 5 , 2 HR)…Dalier Hinojosa (1.0 IP), Dana Eveland (0.1 IP), and Edwin Escobar (1.0 IP) pitched scoreless relief while Brian Johnson allowed one run in 2.2 innings.
ROSTER CUTS: Today the Red Sox optioned LHP Eduardo Rodriguez and C Blake Swihart to Triple-A Pawtucket…Bos- ton now has 49 players in major league camp (13 invitee