THE SPRING SLATE: Today Boston plays its 20th of 32 major league spring training games in a span of 31 days from 3/5-4/4…The club began its exhibition season with a doubleheader sweep of Boston College and Northeastern University on 3/3. Today marks the club’s 19th day into a span of 21 games in the first 20 days of Grapefruit League action, which began 3/5…This stretch concludes tomorrow, with the team’s only Grapefruit League off-day on Wednesday.
GRAPEFRUIT STAND: The Red Sox are 10-8-1 (.556) in Grapefruit League play, T-4th in the GL standings…The 10 wins are already 1 shy of their 2014 GL total (11-17-2)… Boston is undefeated in its last 2 games (0-1-1) but has dropped 3 of its last 6 contests (2-3-1). Boston has won 10 of its last 17 contests 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).
IN THE CARDS: Today’s game marks the last of 2 contests between the Red Sox and Cardinals this spring…Boston de- feated St. Louis 3-0 at Roger Dean Stadium on 3/9. Boston and St. Louis will not face each other during the 2015 regular season…The Sox lost 2 of 3 games at Busch Stadium last season and trail the all-time Interleague series, 4-8. The Cardinals have been Boston’s most frequent World Series foe…The clubs have met in 4 different Fall Classics, with St. Louis winning the fi rst 2 (1946, 1967), and Boston taking the last 2 (2004, 2013).
YESTERDAY’S WIN: The Red Sox defeated the Phillies yesterday at JetBlue Park, 7-6…Boston jumped out to a 7-0 lead through 4 innings and held on after allowing 6 runs over the final 3 frames. Leadoff hitter Mookie Betts went 2-for-2 with a double in the 1st inning and an inside-the-park home run to centerfield to begin the bottom of the 3rd inning… Hanley Ramirez (2-for-3, HR, 5 RBI) also homered in the 3rd, a 3-run shot, and drove in 2 more runs with a 4th-inning single. Steven Wright started and earned the win with 4.0 scoreless innings…Among 5 relievers, Anthony Varvaro (1.0 IP), Craig Breslow (1.0 IP), and Edwin Escobar did not allow runs…Zeke Spruill earned the save despite allowing 2 runs in the 9th.
FROM BACK FIELDS: Yesterday Clay Buchholz pitched in a minor league intersquad game on the back fields at the Fenway South Player Development Complex…He faced 18 batters over 5.0 innings and allowed only one base runner (walk) while recording 10 strikeouts…He threw 79 pitches.
BETTS ARE ON: This spring, Mookie Betts leads the Red Sox in runs (9), hits (16), doubles (6), triples (2), and AVG (.471)…Additionally, he hit an inside-the-park HR yesterday. His 16 hits are tied for the Grapefruit League lead… His 9 extra-base hits (T-1st in the Grapefruit League) and 29 total bases (2nd in the Grapefruit League) are both more than double the next-highest total on the Red Sox (Jemile Weeks, 4 XBH; 3 players, 14 TB). His 9 extra-base hits match the most by any Red Sox over the last 5 springs…The last Red Sox with more was Josh Reddick with 12 in 2010.