Despite injuries, Red Sox offense keeps chugging

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Despite injuries, Red Sox offense keeps chugging

BALTIMORE -- They began -- and, since they had no other options, ended -- the game with an outfield that looked like something from a split-squad game in March.

Daniel Nava was in left; Marlon Byrd was in center; and Che-Hsuan Lin, making his first major league start, was in right.

Rice, Lynn and Evans, it wasn't.

But it was good enough. With just two position players on the bench Monday night and a makeshift outfield to boot, the Red Sox still managed to score plenty in their 8-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Having won 9-of-11 despite injuries, the Sox offense has somehow managed to score at least five runs in eight of those games.

"It was a good offensive attack," said Bobby Valentine. "It was a team effort."

Indeed, six different hitters drove in a run, with Dustin Pedroia collecting two RBI. And every member of the starting lineup had at least one hit, with four different players (Mike Aviles, Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks and Nava) enjoying multi-hit games.

And each one of the players in the makeshift outfield played a role in the win.

Nava led off the the two-run third with his first hit and came around to score the first run of the game, aided by Byrd's double to right.

Nava later chipped in with a sacrifice fly in the sixth when the Sox tied the game and Lin got his first major league hit, then showed his speed by scoring from second with ease on a single to left by Aviles.

"We've got to keep on playing," said Ortiz. "It's a situation where we don't have too much of a choice. We've got to go out and play. I heard the news (about Ross being out) right before the game, and, man, how many things do we have to get through?

"But all sorts of things happen during the season that you have to deal with."

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.