BOSTON -- Cody Ross returned to the Red Sox lineup on Tuesday night after being activated from the disabled list with a fractured foot. He hit seventh and started in left field, before moving to right field later in the game.
But the biggest part of his night came in his solo home run in the bottom of the fourth, ripping an 0-1 cutter into the monster seats in deep left-center, putting the Red Sox up 5-3.
It marked Ross' ninth home run of the season, and also his third straight game with a homer. Only problem for him was, those last two games were on May 17 and 18.
"Its definitely nice to be back out there and be back out there with the guys," said Ross after the Red Sox' 7-5 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. "I just feel like part of a team. When youre on the DL, you almost feel like youre not part of the team andyoure not a good teammate. You canonly do so much cheering, but its nice to get out there and get back into the grind."
Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.
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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.
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.