JUPITER, Fla. -- John Farrell understands the Marlins' ire at the Red Sox' using only one projected starter -- Jackie Bradley Jr. -- in front of a sellout crowd Thursday.
But, sympathetic though he may be, he made it clear: The Red Sox come first.
"You deal with travel, you deal with availability of players," Farrell said before the rain-shortened, 0-0 tie between the teams. "The integrity of the game and what the fans are going to pay to see, you certainly take that into account.
"But still, our team is our priority, and the individual needs that guys have."
The starting infield of Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks was back at the Red Sox' camp in Fort Myers for a heavy workday of drills, Farrell said. Bogaerts and Middlebrooks had been in Jupiter Wednesday for the Red Sox' exhibition game against the Cardinals.
The Marlins played most of their projected starters but went 2-for-21 against Allen Webster, Drake Britton, Alex Wilson and Miguel Celestino.
Deven Marrero had two hits for the Red Sox, who stranded 11 runners.