MIAMI -- Exactly what Josh Beckett thought of his start Monday night is uncertain since, for the second straight game, Beckett elected not speak with reporters after his outing.
Chances are, he would have been happy with the job he turned in from the third inning through the seventh, when he allowed just one member of the Florida Marlins to reach base. That came on a one-out walk, three batters before he was done for the night, lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the following inning.
Just as likely, Beckett would have been kicking himself for a first inning in which he allowed base hits to four of the first six hitters, accounting for three runs in a 4-1 Red Sox loss.
"There was a wind out there and he figured out the wind a little late, I guess," said manager Bobby Valentine of his starter. "His two-seamer was just dynamite tonight. It was moving and just about unhittable."
Beckett allowed a leadoff triple to Jose Reyes, followed by a sacrifice fly by Donovan Solano. A single to center by Giancarlo Stanton, a double off the wall in right by Logan Morrison and a bloop single from Gaby Sanchez accounted for two more runs.
"With the roof open," said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, "his ball was actually moving a lot. His ball was actually moving a lot. He threw that cutter in to Morrison and it kind of didn't get in (enough) and he hit it pretty well. But other than that, he just kind of gave up some weak singles."
The Sox couldn't offer much in the way of support, which should be familiar by now to Beckett, who hasn't won any of his last five starts despite giving up a total of just 13 runs in those five outings.
The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.
Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.
Red Sox-Pirates box score
Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.
Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.
Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.
This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.
Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine.
David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."
He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September.
The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.
Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.
Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence.
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Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.
David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.