Red Sox call up Mortensen

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Red Sox call up Mortensen

BOSTON Right-hander Clayton Mortensen has been called up as the Red Sox 26th player active for todays doubleheader.

Major League Baseball instituted a new rule this season allowing teams to activate a 26th player for doubleheaders. This is the Sox first doubleheader this season.

Mortensen was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday, after pitching five innings in Oakland the day before, to make room on the roster for right-hander Justin Germano.

Manager Bobby Valentine said there were extensive discussions regarding whom the team would call up.

There were conversations into the morning that were just guessing at what we might need and what we might need the most, Valentine said. So we decided to go with Mortensen, whos pretty durable pitcher, can pitch against both sides of the plate, and see if we cant have enough pitching to get through a doubleheader.

He pitched so well and we made a roster move and so now hes back. Hopefully hell pitch well if we need him.

Normally, a player who has been optioned has to wait 10 days before he can be brought back, unless there is an injury involved. That rule is suspended in the case of the 26th player being called up four doubleheaders. However, the player who is called up must return to his minor league team the next day.

The Yankees have called up right-hander Cory Wade.

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

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Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.

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.