Spring training report: Red Sox defeat Blue Jays

Clay Buchholz threw four shutout innings against Toronto on Tuesday.
Steve Nesius/REUTERS
Clay Buchholz threw four shutout innings against Toronto on Tuesday.

SCORE: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3

 RECORD: 9-9

 BREAKDOWN: The Sox scored two runs on four hits in the second inning as Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli drove in runs. Ryan Sweeney (2 for 3) singled in a run in the fourth. Clay Buchholz and three relievers allowed two earned runs on nine hits.


THUMBS UP: The legend of Allen Webster continued to build. The 23-year-old righthander threw three innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits. He struck out three without a walk. Webster has allowed two earned runs in 11 innings and struck out 14 against one walk. In one sequence, he hit 97 miles per hour with a fastball to Lars Anderson, then struck him out swinging at a changeup. “He’s pretty damn good,” said manager John Farrell, who said the Sox might look to get Webster a start in the coming weeks. “He’s showing the ability to throw a breaking ball to both sides of the plate in addition to a live fastball.”

Get Breaking Sports Alerts in your inbox:
Be the first to know the latest sports news as it happens.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

 THUMBS DOWN: Lefty reliever Andrew Miller, who has been strong all spring, allowed a two-run homer by lefthanded-hitting minor leaguer Jim Negrych in the fifth inning . . . Jackie Bradley Jr., the organization’s best outfield glove, botched a ball in the ninth inning that led to an unearned run . . . Jacoby Ellsbury was 0 for 3 with a walk. He is 5 for 25 this spring and has not attempted a stolen base.

MEDICAL REPORT: Stephen Drew has not played since last Thursday because of a concussion. He has improved and the Sox are hopeful he can go through a full workout this Thursday and play Friday. Drew did some exertion tests Tuesday.

 AROUND THE BASES: Napoli, playing on back-to-back days for the first time, was 2 for 3 with a double and the RBI. He is 7 for 16 this spring with four extra-base hits, counting the game against Puerto Rico’s WBC team . . . Bradley singled in his only time up and is now 15 for 28 (.536) . . . The Sox are 2-0 against the Blue Jays this spring, surely angering Farrell’s many detractors in Canada. The teams play again March 22 in Dunedin . . . The Sox have drawn 75 walks this spring. For what it’s worth, only the Indians (83) have more.

  NEXT GAME: The Sox have a day off Wednesday. They will play at Minnesota Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Ryan Dempster is scheduled to face Mike Pelfrey. There is no television or radio coverage.


Peter Abraham can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.