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Red Sox spring training report

Steven Wright started against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla.
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Steven Wright started against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla.

 SCORES: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2; Rays 6, Red Sox 3.

 RECORD: 2-2.

 BREAKDOWN: The Sox split a split-squad doubleheader Monday. In Dunedin, five pitchers combined on a seven-hitter with 10 strikeouts against Toronto. R.A. Dickey allowed two runs on four hits to take the loss. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jackie Bradley Jr. (3 for 3), and Mitch Maier (2 for 3) drove in runs. In Port Charlotte, Alfredo Aceves allowed two runs in two innings and Chris Hernandez allowed three runs. Dustin Pedroia homered.

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 THUMBS UP: Mike Carp had an RBI double in his first plate appearance of the spring. He started at first base against the Rays. “Nice way to start things,” said Carp, who was obtained from Seattle last week . . . Allen Webster, a 23-year-old righthander, allowed a run against the Jays. Then he struck out Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, J.P. Arencibia, and Brett Lawrie in succession. His fastball hit 99 miles per hour on the stadium radar gun. “When it started out, my heart was racing, the first start of the year. I finally got settled down,” said Webster, who was very matter-of-fact about what he did.

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 THUMBS DOWN: Daniel Bard was erratic in one inning against the Rays. He walked a batter and hit one. But he said his fastball command was better and he expects to add velocity as his mechanics improve. He hit 94.

 MEDICAL REPORT: The Red Sox have slotted Clay Buchholz (hamstring) into the rotation Saturday and Felix Doubront (shoulder) Monday. Mike Napoli (hips) is set to play his first game Friday. David Ortiz (Achilles’) is about a week behind Napoli.

 AROUND THE BASES: Do not assume that Pedro Ciriaco has a spot on the Red Sox bench. Manager John Farrell said Brock Holt, who came over from the Pirates in the Joel Hanrahan trade, is “going to get a very good look in camp.” Holt is a lefthanded hitter with middle infield experience. He will have to show he can play third, too.

  NEXT GAME: Tuesday against St. Louis at JetBlue Park at 1:35 p.m. The Red Sox will start Ryan Dempster, with Junichi Tazawa, Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey, and Andrew Miller following. The Cardinals will start lefty Jaime Garcia.

PETER ABRAHAM AND NICK CAFARDO