FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's been an up-and-down spring so far for Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller, who's been alternately overpowering -- striking out the side earlier this week -- and maddening -- as he was Thursday, when he allowed two hits and a walk for two runs in one-third of an inning.
"Erratic command again,'' sighed John Farrell. "He had been making really steady progress. The last three times out, you could see the timing and delivery becoming more consistent. Today, he yanked a couple of balls and just didn't settle into the inning to execute consistent strikes.''
In five appearances this spring, Miller has pitched 3 1/3 innings and walked five and struck out six.
"He needs repitition, he needs appearances,'' said Farrell.
Brandon Workman looked sharp in three scoreless innings. He allowing two hits while striking out three...Francisco Cordero added another scoreless inning while notching his third save...Dustin Pedroia, who had been just 2-for-19, broke out a bit at the plate, collecting two hits (includinga double) and knocked in two runs. "He stayed behind the ball today,'' said Farrell, "used his hands a lot more freely. That's what we're used to seeing with Dustin and by the time you get 20-25 at-bats, the timing starts to come.''...Shane Victorino is "responding to the volume of work'' and was 2-for-3 with an RBI.