Notes: Drew, Jenks sit out marathon game


Notes: Drew, Jenks sit out marathon game

By SeanMcAdam and MaureenMullen

BOSTON -- Terry Francona nearly emptied his bench in his team's 13-inning, 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday morning -- and might have used more if he'd had the option to do so.

Francona used all but one of his 13 position players. Outfielder J.D. Drew was not used because he suffered from a bout with vertigo during the game.

"He wasn't available,'' said Francona. "There were some oportunities to use him, but he wasn't doing too well. He came down and tried to hit in the fifth inning and he was all over the place.''

The Sox utilized 8 of their 12 pitchers. The only four not used were starters Clay Buchholz (who pitched Monday), Jon Lester (who pitched Tuesday) and John Lackey (who is scheduled to pitch the series finale Thursday afternoon), and reliever Bobby Jenks.

Jenks actually warmed up in the bullpen at one point with the expectation of getting into the game, but fell victim to some cramping in his arm and had to be held back.

"He was actually coming into the game,'' said Francona, "and then we got a call that his arm cramped up. So that put a wrench into things also.''

At 5 hours of playing time, it was the longest game at Fenway Park since a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay in 5 hours, 2 minutes, on Sept. 10, 2008, in 14 innings. With the rain delay added in, the night was actually 7 hours and 35 minutes long.

The loss was the first by the Red Sox to the Angels since Aug. 19, 2010.

The Sox are now 1-1 in extra-inning games this season, 4-8 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

Josh Beckett started the game, going 4 13 innings before the game was delayed. It was his shortest start since April 26, 2010 at Toronto.

Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He is batting .400 (18-for-45) with 12 RBI in that stretch.

Jacoby Ellsburys game-tying, two-out single in the ninth extended his hitting streak to 13 games, a high for Sox batters this season. He is batting .351 (20-for-57) in that stretch.

Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch from Ervin Santana in the fourth inning. It was the 71st time he has been hit by a pitch, tying him with Mo Vaughn for most all-time in Sox history.

Daisuke Matsuzaka made his first career relief appearance. He entered in the 13 inning and allowed two runs, taking the loss. He falls to 2-3 with a 4.33 ERA.

Dustin Pedroia, who had never struck three times in a game before last night, struck out four times.

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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.