Up 3-1, Boston used the following four pitchers over the last three innings: Jason Rice, Tommy Hottovy, Santo Luis, and Blake Maxwell. I trust Terry Francona will make wiser bullpen decisions (and will have better options available) when the regular season begins ... on Friday!
J.D. Drew hit a two-run home run to left and Marco Scutaro went 2-for-4. ... Kevin Youkilis's 0-for-2 day dropped his average to .196. ... Jarrod Saltalamacchia did not play today, but he has been raking. In 37 plate appearances, he has a 1.078 OPS (.355/.432/.645).
Opening Day starter Jon Lester had his final spring outing today -- five innings against a bunch of Sox minor leaguers, including Ryan Kalish, Lars Anderson and Luis Exposito (who hit a two-run dong). Lester threw 77 pitches, giving up nine hits and five runs; he struck out five.
I pitched out of some jams, had some errors and kind of overcome that. I think it was pretty good as far as preparing for a season. Kind of everything that could happen in a game happened.There are three exhibition games remaining: Blue Jays on Monday, Rays on Tuesday, and Astros (in Houston) on Wednesday.