THE SPRING SLATE: Boston is 11 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 11th 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 7-4 (.636), the Red Sox are T-3rd in the Grapefruit League…Among Grapefruit League teams, the Sox’ 7 wins trail only the Yankees, who have 8. The club has lost its last 2 games following a 7-game winning streak 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).
STRONG START: This spring, Red Sox starting pitchers are a combined 5-0 with a 2.43 ERA and 28 SO in 29.2 IP. Boston’s starting corps leads the majors in wins…Sox starters also ranks 2nd in the Grapefruit League in ERA, and leads the GL in strikeouts.
FACING THE PHILS: Today’s game marks the 1st of 2 meetings between the Red Sox and Phillies this spring…The Phils make their only trip to JetBlue Park a week from today. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1915 season, in which the Red Sox defeated Philadelphia in the World Series, 4-games-to-1. OPENING DAY PREVIEW: These clubs open their 2015 regular season schedules against one another on 4/6 at Citizen’s Bank Park — 22 days from today — as part of a 3-game series (also 4/8 and 4/9). This will be the first time in 61 years that the Red Sox have opened a season in the City of Brotherly Love… They last did it with a 6-4 loss to the Athletics on 4/13/54, in the last year Philadelphia had an AL team. These clubs will also meet 3 times in Boston from 9/4- 6…Boston leads the all-time Interleague series 31-22.
DAVID AND CHASE: With the offseason trade of Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies to the Dodgers, the active players with the longest continuous tenure for any MLB team are now David Ortiz with Boston and Chase Utley with Philly. Ortiz’s 1,656 games for the Red Sox are the most among active players for any single team, as are his 408 HR with Boston…In fact, Ortiz is one of only 25 players all-time to hit at least 400 HR for a single franchise, and the only active player to do it.
YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Yesterday the Red Sox lost a 5-2 decision to the Pirates at JetBlue Park…It was the 2nd of 3 spring matchups between the clubs, with Boston taking their first contest by a 5-1 score on Thursday in Bradenton… The Sox return to McKechnie Field on 3/21. Henry Owens made his first start of the spring and went 3.0 scoreless innings without allowing a hit (3 BB, 3 SO)…Craig Breslow (1.0 IP) and Mitchell Boggs (1.0 IP) also had scoreless outings, while Koji Uenara (1 R, 1.0 IP), Anthony Varvaro (1 R, 1.0 IP), and Matt Barnes (L, 3 R in 2.0 IP) gave up runs…All 3 of Barnes’ runs allowed came in his 2nd inning of work. Mike Napoli homered over the Green Monster in each of his 2 plate appearances…Allen Craig (2-for-3) and Deven Marrero (2-for-2) also had multiple hits.