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Red Sox spring training report for Feb. 24

 SCORE: Red Sox 5, Cardinals 3

 RECORD: 1-1.

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 BREAKDOWN: The Red Sox bounced out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a Pedro Ciriaco RBI single after Mauro Gomez led off with a single. A double-play grounder by Jose Iglesias got the second run in. Leading, 2-1, in the sixth, Mark Hamilton forced in a third run with a bases-loaded walk followed by a Ciriaco sacrifice fly. The Cardinals got two off Andrew Bailey in the sixth, making it a 4-3 game. The Sox added one more on a JC Linares single that scored Jonathan Diaz, who was hit with a pitch and stole second.

 THUMBS UP: Lefthander Jon Lester pitched two scoreless, hitless innings and struck out one. He threw 24 pitches. Rubby De La Rosa, the young righty obtained in the August megadeal with the Dodgers, hit 100 miles per hour on the radar gun in the ninth inning in his second spring training appearance, throwing six pitches, all strikes. Daniel Nava stroked two hits, one a righthanded double, while Gomez and Ciriaco also had two hits apiece.

 THUMBS DOWN: Bailey surrendered two runs on three hits in the sixth inning. Manager John Farrell said that Bailey’s thought process is ahead of his execution at this point, but he liked the way Bailey threw the ball. Iglesias went 0 for 3.

 MEDICAL REPORT: Mike Napoli ran the bases for the first time in Fort Myers. He likely will appear in a game by the end of the week. Craig Breslow’s shoulder symptoms are subsiding, but he’s not ready to get on a throwing program.

 AROUND THE BASES: Ciriaco remains Boston’s depth at third base, which Farrell identified as the thinnest position on the team. Ciriaco started at third and had a hit and two RBI . . . Farrell will be with the team in Dunedin Monday and will spend the day facing his former team. He said he’s going to watch prospects Steven Wright and Allen Webster pitch . . . Farrell said Lester’s first outing was “a good starting point. He looked sharper in the second inning [six pitches].” . . . Farrell was impressed with Nava’s at-bats, especially the double he hit righthanded. Nava struggled vs. righties last season.

 NEXT GAME: Split-squad: Monday vs. Rays in Port Charlotte and Jays in Dunedin. Alfredo Aceves vs. Alex Cobb in Port Charlotte and Wright vs. R.A. Dickey in Dunedin.

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