Sox acquire David Carpenter as compensation for Farrell

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Sox acquire David Carpenter as compensation for Farrell

The compensation for John Farrell has been announced, and Adam Lind he ain't.

David Carpenter, a 27-year-old right-handed reliever who split last season between Houston and Toronto, is headed for Boston in exchange for Mike Aviles as part of the Farrell compensation package.

Carpenter pitched in 33 games total for the two teams and had an 0-2 record with an 8.07 ERA. As bad as his ERA was with the Astros (6.07), it was far worse with the Blue Jays -- 30.38 (9 earned runs allowed in 2 23 innings). It was questionable whether or not the Jays were going to keep Carpenter on their 40-man roster this winter.

Of course, it was expected that the player acquired by the Sox would be marginal at best, since Aviles was the compensation for Farrell and Toronto only had to send a player to Boston because MLB now prohibits player-for-non-player trades. Which made the Adam Lind rumors of late Saturday nightearly Sunday morning even more absurd . . . and makes the Carpenter acquisition completely understandable.

Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win

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Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win

The Boston Red Sox put up six runs in the first inning and coasted to a 9-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. led the way for the Red Sox with four and three RBI respectfully. Both outfielders had two-run home runs in the Sox’ big first inning.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up one earned run in four innings, his ERA for the spring is now 0.68.

The Red Sox are back in action again on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m when Rick Porcello makes his final spring training start against the Minnesota Twins.

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Infielder Marco Hernandez may make the Red Sox roster after all.

Fellow infielder Josh Rutledge, the presumptive 25th man on the Red Sox, suffered a left hamstring strain on Tuesday against the Pirates, according to reporters in Florida, including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

If Rutledge isn’t ready for opening day, Hernandez, a left-handed hitter, may have his crack. 

The question is whether the Sox would be comfortable without a right-handed bat to complement both Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland on the corners. Rutledge was going to give the Sox that right-handed look they sought. (When Hanley Ramirez's shoulder will be healthy enough to play first base is unclear, but isn't expected to be too long.)

Neither Rutledge nor Hernandez has played first base in the majors or minors.

A big-league rookie last year, Hernandez has done decently against lefties at the upper levels of the minors, hitting .328 vs. them at Triple-A Pawtucket last season in 67 at-bats. He hit .315 in 54 at-bats at Pawtucket, with a .318 average against them that season in 88 at-bats for Double-A Portland.

Rutledge is a Rule 5 draft pick who has to remain on the major league 25-man roster the whole season or the Sox risk losing him. Placement on the disabled list doesn’t affect his status unless he’s on the disabled list for a very lengthy time.

An alternative option is Steve Selsky, who has first-base experience, but he's already been optioned.