In four games this spring, Josh Beckett has allowed five hits and no runs in 11 innings. On Thursday, he turned in this line against the Cardinals: 4-2-0-1-2, 50. He threw first-pitch strikes to 13 of his 15 batters.
John Farrell says Beckett is:
throwing the ball with power, with command. The nagging injuries that plagued him a year ago have not been evident at any one point and time. I think we're seeing him not only build arm strength but build endurance.With two scoreless innings in relief, Justin Masterson has also not been scored upon this spring, in nine innings. ... Ortiz and Bay talk about their WBC experiences. ... Gumball Bailey, last year's International League MVP, currently hitting .524, tied for the team lead in spring hits and fighting for the final roster spot, talks with the Globe's Adam Kilgore.
Jonathan Papelbon stands by the comments he made to Esquire last December. Over in the Dodgers' camp, Manny said: "I moved on. I don't know why they don't."