Valentine happy with Sox' performance

Valentine happy with Sox' performance
March 3, 2012, 11:34 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was pleased with his team's performance in the first game of the college double-header, as the Sox pummeled Northeastern, 25-0.

"Discount the competition, but it's better to do good than to do bad," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.

"I was pleased, obviously. How can you not be pleased?"

Indeed. In addition to the 25 runs, the Sox banged out 23 hits at least one by every batter in the lineup with five home runs.

Cody Ross led the home run barrage with two a solo shot to lead off the second inning, for the first home run at the Sox' new spring training home, and a grand slam in the fourth. Ross went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and five RBI.

Ryan Sweeney went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, five RBI, and a three-run homer to right in the sixth. Before the game, Valentine said Sweeney had the potential to add power at the plate.

"Red Sox batting coach Dave Magadans been working with Ryan on getting a little rhythm at the plate rather than being still and he checked that," Valentine said. "He had a little more of that rhythm to it. The last at-bat when he hit the home run, he was tired. There's no doubt. And in order to get something out of it, he had to kick it up another gear, and he had more rhythm and it was a great swing. They said the left-handed stroke that he possesses was displayed today and then he also showed a little power at the end. I thought that was a good little confidence builder for Ryan."

Valentine also pointed out Darnell McDonald, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, and Will Middlebrooks, who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI, as having good games.

The Sox host BC in the nightcap.