The Red Sox pitching staff as a whole has been a huge disappointment this season. Jon Lester and Josh Beckett haven't had the results that anybody -- including themselves especially -- expected.
Beckett's ship may have already sailed here in Boston, but there's no reason to think Lester's has. But is he the "ace"? And if so, is he a good enough one to bring the Sox another World Series? Are they deep enough behind him to make up for it?
The guys on The Baseball Show discuss Pablo Sandoval lighting it up in spring training and if he could continue that in the regular season.
Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.
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Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.
Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.
The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.