Notes: Gomes gets three hits against Rays righties

Notes: Gomes gets three hits against Rays righties
March 17, 2013, 7:00 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Jonny Gomes went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI Sunday afternoon, nearly accounting for all the runs in the Red Sox 5-1 win over the Rays.
 
Gomes, who entered the game hitting .241 raised his average to .313 in 11 Grapefruit League games, going 10-for-32. Gomes went 2-for-2 with two RBI off starter Alex Cobb, and added another hit and two RBI against Juan Sandoval – both right-handers.
 
“Jonny with three very good at-bats today against right-handed pitching,” said Farrell. “I know he wants more opportunities against right-handers. You keep driving in four runs in three at-bats, you’ll keep getting those opportunities.”
 
“I was talking to [Evan Longoria],” said Cobb. “I said, ‘What do I have to do to get him out?’ I never played with him so I never realized he was such a good hitter. I got to figure something out by the beginning of the season.”
 
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Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored, being driven in each time by Gomes.
 
“I think after the first week of games, we’ve seen more confidence  in his swing, just getting past the fracture of a year ago,” Farrell said. “Pretty good place right now.”
 
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In seven Grapefruit League games, spanning 8 1/3 innings, Anthony Carter, who pitched a perfect inning Sunday, has yet to give up an earned run (with three unearned runs). He has allowed seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks. A 26ht-round pick of the White Sox in 2005 out of Georgia Perimeter College, Carter, who turns 27 April 4, joined the Sox as a minor league free agent in December and is a non-roster invitee. He was originally signed by White Sox scouts, John Tumminia, general manager Ben Cherington’s father-in-law, and Alex Slattery.
 
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The Red Sox started what could be their Opening Day lineup. While John Lackey opted not to face the Rays on Saturday, and Jon Lester will stay back Friday rather than take a long road trip to face the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Cobb was looking forward to facing a lineup he could see in the regular season.
 
“It’s nice to face them,” Cobb said. “Pitchers always talk about not wanting to face the team you’re going to face in the season. I kind of like it. I feel like I can get a better feel for what they’re doing more so than them getting a feel for what I’m trying to do to them. It’s nice to face them so I can get an idea of how I want to attack them during the season and find out what I can’t do.”