Rays - 012 100 000 - 4 10 2Jason Varitek began the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run, but the Red Sox could not push another run across.
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David Ortiz walked with two outs, but Kevin Youkilis (who had walked, singled, doubled, and singled in his previous appearances) flew out to the dirt of the triangle.
Boston also stranded runners at second and third in the eighth.
Matt Garza (2008: 3.70, 120 ERA+; Spring 2009: 20.2 IP, 6.10 ERA) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (2008: 2.90, 159 ERA+; Spring 2009: 9 IP, 1.00 ERA)
Also: Junichi Tazawa gets the ball in Portland's season opener today.Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
J.D. Drew, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Jed Lowrie, SS
Jason Varitek, C
Daniel Barbarisi has a ProJo article in which he discusses what the Boston lineup looks like
as the Red Sox evolve from the Manny-Ortiz home run duo to a top-to-bottom, grinding lineup.This is bizarre. Haven't we been hearing about the 1-to-9 grinders for at least five years? Hell, we heard that back in the dark pre-Tito years when the Pro was batting 7th and 8th?
Julio Lugo begins a week of workouts in Florida today. Mark Kotsay is scheduled to face live pitching next weekend.
Some Red Sox players (Jason Bay, Mike Lowell) had little beef about last night's home plate umpire Bob Davidson. Jason Varitek had no comment. David Ortiz: "Wow. That's all I've got to say. Wow. You can make your own comment on it."