Sweeney (concussion) hopes to play tomorrow

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Sweeney (concussion) hopes to play tomorrow

BOSTON Outfielder Ryan Sweeney said hes feeling much better and has passed his last concussion test and hopes to play tomorrow.

They told me I could go about all my stuff normal today and hopefully play tomorrow, Sweeney said before Sundays series finale with the Rays.

Sweeney has been on the 7-day concussion disabled list since making a diving catch in Philadelphia on May 20. He said hes never had a concussion or head injury before. In fact, the play on which he was concussed (along with suffering a strained his neck), he considers almost routine to him.

Ive dove for hundreds of balls, he said. But it just kind of depends on how your head hits and your head hits back and your brain hits inside your head, I guess. So I guess mine just hit weird that time.

He underwent two concussion tests after a baseline test given to all players in spring training.

Theres one written one that someone reads to you and its all kind of memorization and how quick you can respond to stuff and then theres a computer test, too, thats kind of long that you have to different reaction stuff and memorize words and shapes and a bunch of different stuff, he said.

After passing those, as long as he has no symptoms after baseball activities today, he should be activated tomorrow.

Today, he will hit, run, throw, field, all baseball activities to get ready to see if hes going to be activated for tomorrow, said manager Bobby Valentine.

Valentine said those activities are considered equally important, with none holding more weight than the others.

He had a more than 15-minute cardio test, all that stuff and he felt good yesterday, Valentine said.

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

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

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.

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.