Rays - 000 001 010 - 2 7 1Masterson pitched well (3-1-0-0-3) and Papelbon and Daniel Bard both struck out the side in their respective innings of work. Bot allowed two hits. Tazawa pitched two innings and struck out four; he also allowed two hits and a run. The Sox pitchers struck out 15 batters in the game.
Red Sox - 124 000 10x - 8 11 0
Someone wearing Julio Lugo's uniform went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI, and a walk.
The Red Sox committed six errors and allowed nine unearned runs Saturday afternoon in a 15-7 loss to the Rays. (Boston actually out-hit Tampa Bay in the game, 11-7.)
The AL East rivals play again today at 1 PM. Justin Masterson will start; Jonathan Papelbon, Daniel Bard and Junichi Tazawa will also pitch.
Tim Wakefield threw 49 pitches over three innings and is already getting bored with the exhibition schedule:
I feel like I'm game-ready now. I don't think my pitch count would be Opening Day-ready. But it's not like I labored today. I felt like I could have gone at least one more [inning], maybe two. Once I get my pitch count up to about 95, I think from that point, we'll back it down to 70 right before the season starts and then we'll be ready. ...Mike Lowell is scheduled to play (or DH, rather) on Tuesday, with an eye towards playing third on Friday the 13th against the Yankees. ... Alex Rodriguez has decided to undergo surgery on his torn right hip labrum Monday.
My timing [with the knuckleball] seems to be better. I got a lot of swing-and-misses and three strikeouts, which is good. ... I'm happy with the way I felt.
Today's WBC games:
Korea 14, China 0The United States/Venezuela winner will advance to the second round. The loser of Monday's Canada/Italy game will be eliminated.
South Africa / Cuba, 2 PM
Panama / Dominican Republic, 4:30 PM
United States / Venezuela, 8 PM
Australia / Mexico, 9 PM
Korea / Japan, 5:30 AM (Monday)