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Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

Spring training report: Red Sox drop early lead

Jackie Bradley played in an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Yankees.

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Jackie Bradley played in an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Yankees.

 SCORE: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2.

 RECORD: 5-5.

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 BREAKDOWN: Facing a team made up of mostly Yankees minor leaguers, the Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Mike Napoli’s long home run to center field. But sloppy defense led to New York scoring three runs in the sixth inning. The Sox were held to four hits, none after the fifth inning.

 THUMBS UP: Starter Ryan Dempster dominated for three innings. Koji Uehara and Andrew Miller (three strikeouts) then were perfect for an inning each. Uehara and Miller have combined for six shutout innings this spring, allowing two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. They could form a potent combination for John Farrell to use in late-inning matchup situations.

 THUMBS DOWN: Third baseman Drew Sutton had two errors in the sixth inning. He let a ground ball go between his legs, missing a chance to start what should have been an inning-ending double play. He later booted another ball that allowed a run to score. Joel Hanrahan was the victim. “I thought he threw the ball very well,” Farrell said. “He put the ball on the ground. A couple of plays extended the inning for him.”

 MEDICAL REPORT: Jonny Gomes hasn’t played since Wednesday when he gashed his left knee chasing a home run in Sarasota. The cut needed three stitches and is starting to heal. He is likely to play Tuesday. “I’m going crazy,” he said. “Enough sitting.”

 AROUND THE BASES: The Red Sox clubhouse staff honored the players who left for the World Baseball Classic by posting the flags of their respective countries across the front of their lockers. Xander Bogaerts was 0 for 3 with a walk for the Netherlands in an 8-3 loss against Taiwan Sunday . . . Jarrod Saltalamacchia was back in the lineup as the designated hitter after missing three days with lower-back pain. He was 1 for 2 with a hustle double after the ball hit second base and rolled into left field . . . The Sox expect to make their first cuts later this week.

 NEXT GAME: Monday against Tampa Bay at 1:35 p.m. at JetBlue Park. Felix Doubront starts for the Sox against righthander Jeremy Hellickson.

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