By Maureen Mullen
It was a mixed bad for the Red Sox Friday, as they split their split-squad games.
At Hammond Stadium, the Twins' home field in Fort Myers, the Red Sox lost Minnesota, 3-2, evening the Mayors Cup series at two games each in the best-of-five series. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-3 to raise his average to .364. David Ortiz went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Tim Wakefield pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit. Hideki Okajima pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and walk with one strikeout.
The Red Sox won their other split-squad game, 9-3, against the Astros
in Kissimmee. The Sox scored three runs in the first inning. Kyle Weiland started and got the win improving his record to 1-1, despite going 1 13 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and walk with one strikeout. Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-3, including a triple, with a run scored and an RBI. Daniel Nava went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. Mark Wagner went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Scheduled pitchers for Saturdays game against the Marlins at City of Palms Park include John Lackey, Randy Williams, Bobby Jenks, and Matt Fox.
The Red Sox are scheduled to have their annual meeting with representatives of Major League Baseball security before Saturdays game.
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Big Papi's "spring training" involves a beach chair -- not a baseball bat.
The former Boston Red Sox slugger made it clear on Instagram that he has no interest in returning to Jet Blue Park to begin training for the 2017 MLB season.
He announced in Nov. 2015 he would be retiring after the 2016 season, and he appears completely content with that decision despite speculation of his return to MLB. Ortiz posted a video on Sunday of himself in a beach chair reclined and relaxed.
"What's up [Instagram]. Oh, so good be retired. At the beach with the familia, the ladies. Big Papi in the bulding. This is my spring training. How 'bout dat? Enjoy. See you when I see you. Peace," he said, and then chuckled.
Ortiz's video came a few days after Hanley Ramirez said that if Ortiz made a return to baseball, he would be doing it, in part, for Ramirez, because they miss each other.
WBZ's Dan Roche then tweeted out Ramirez's comment on Thursday, and Big Papi waited no time to respond. Within 16 minutes, Ortiz had responded to reiterate he would not be returning to the Sox.
Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely have a spotless attendance record for White House trips.
The Boston Red Sox outfielder began discussing those championship trips to meet the president after Red Sox chairman Tom Werner referenced the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win at a team get-together on Friday morning.
“If my team is going, yes, I’m going,” Bradley Jr. told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, adding later, “I don’t like politics, not even a little bit.”
The Patriots so far have six players who have openly stated they will not attend New England's White House trip to meet President Donald Trump. Team leaders like Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty are among those unwilling to attend.
For Bradley, the White House trip is not about making a political statement.
“The reason why we’re going there is because we did something together as a team. The White House is cool,” he said. “I’m with my team."
The 26-year-old outfielder has twice attended the championship trip to the nation's capital. In college, he went with the South Carolina Gamecocks after they won the College World Series. He later attended with the Red Sox in 2013. Bradley Jr. said he enjoyed attending the White House to meet Barack Obama, but added he wasn't concerned with which president was hosting the event.
He said: “How many people can say they’ve been to the White House? That alone. There is a lot history there, and I’m a big fan of architecture. I think the whole thing is unique.”