Sox waste chances, fall in extras, 3-2

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Sox waste chances, fall in extras, 3-2

SEATTLE -- Almost exactly halfway through the 2012 season, the Red Sox still haven't found a way to win a game in extra innings.

The Sox dropped to 0-5 in extra innings when they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Seattle Mariners in the 11th inning. Chone Figgins lined a sacrifice fly to right to score Dustin Ackley from third base with one out off Alfredo Aceves, who was working his third inning.

The Sox had 11 hits, but were just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Boston left 10 runners on base for the night.

In the top of the 10th, the Sox got singles from Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz to start the inning, but couldn't move either past second base.

In the series, the Sox have scored just seven runs in three games and have been held scoreless in 26 of 29 innings.

The Sox had rallied for two runs in the seventh off the Seattle bullpen. Ryan Kalish delivered the first on a fielder's choice and a passed ball by catcher Miguel Olivo accounted for the second.

Josh Beckett, making his first start since June 11 following a stay on the disabled list, went six innings and allowed two runs on four hits.

Beckett was sharp, retiring 12 of the first 13 hitters he faced. He didn't allow a hit until Miguel Olivo lined a single to left with two outs in the fifth.

The Mariners finally got to Beckett in the seventh, when, with one out, four straight hitters reached, culminating with a two-run double to left by John Jaso.

Red Sox place Pomeranz on DL, but he may not miss a start

Red Sox place Pomeranz on DL, but he may not miss a start

Roster flexibility, something of substance, or a combination of both?

The Red Sox on Thursday placed Drew Pomeranz on the brand new 10-day disabled list because of a left forearm flexor strain.

"It's become more and more clear he's not ready to begin the season," John Farrell told reporters, including The Providence Journal's Tim Britton, on Thursday morning.

The Sox don’t need a fifth starter, Pomeranz’s potential spot, until April 9. He can be activated before then. So, in effect, the trip to the DL frees up an extra roster spot.

Farrell said the team hopes Pomeranz will be able to make his scheduled start but "is certainly not guaranteeing it."

The situation could prove an interesting look at how MLB handles its new 10-day disabled list. If Pomeranz continues on his previously planned schedule, the Red Sox could be seen as simply be using the 10-day DL to their advantage. But Farrell spoke earlier this spring about how he expected MLB to highly scrutinize trips to the DL.

Pomeranz’s forearm is known not to be in the best of shape, considering he went for a stem-cell injection this offseason.

Porcello 'feels as good as I've felt all spring' in Red Sox' 5-3 loss

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Porcello 'feels as good as I've felt all spring' in Red Sox' 5-3 loss

Rick Porcello and Drew Pomeranz combined to allow all five of the Red Sox' runs in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Porcello finished his start by fanning four, allowing four hits and earning two runs over four innings. Pomeranz followed in the next four innings with four strikeouts, five hits allowed and three earned runs. Pomeranz allowed ByungHo Park's eighth-inning, two-run homer, which ended up being the game-winner.

Porcello, however, was optimistic after the loss.

"The buildup was good," Porcello told reporters, via RedSox.com. "Today I felt as good as I've felt all spring. At this point, I'm ready to go. I'm looking forward to the start of the season."

While the Sox offense was able to get three runs off Ervin Santana in his 4 2/3 innings, they struggled against the Twins' next five pitchers. Xander Bogaerts (2 of 3) and Pablo Sandoval (1 of 3) managed homers. Hanley (3 of 3) Ramirez had a double, and Dustin Pedroia (2 of 3) had two singles.

Kyle Kendrick will start Thursday in the Sox' final Spring Training series against the Washington Nationals. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET.