Davis 'felt bad' (a little) about striking out Gonzalez


Davis 'felt bad' (a little) about striking out Gonzalez

Chris Davis, the Orioles' first baseman who pitched the last two innings of Baltimore's 17-inning victory over the Red Sox on Sunday, says he felt bad that he struck out Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom of the 17th . . . but only a little.

"I felt bad," said Davis on Tuesday's 'The Dan Patrick Show', but he added: "I was definitely not happy with my performance at the plate, 0-for-8, and I did realize that Gonzo was 0-for-7. So it did give me a little bit of a bittersweet victory to not be the only guy going 0-for-8."

His other strikeout victim was Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and he laughed when Patrick asked if he would get the Sox catcher to sign the ball.

"I don't know if Salty is going to do that," Davis said. "He wasn't really happy about the whole experience. I played with him in Texas for a good bit and he and I are good friends and he wouldn't even look at me when I walked up to the dish for my next at-bat. I think he was pretty upset about the whole thing."

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.


Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17. 

With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games. 

The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.