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    Spring training report: Red Sox beat Phillies

     SCORE: Red Sox 7, Phillies 6.

     RECORD: 15-14-1.

     BREAKDOWN: The Red Sox got out to a quick 6-0 lead against Cliff Lee thanks to Jackie Bradley Jr.’s three-run, second-inning homer after Will Middlebrooks had singled and Jonny Gomes was hit by a pitch. Bradley sent the ball into a jet stream to the bullpen in left. Boston added to its lead with three in the third. Jimmy Rollins botched Middlebrooks’s grounder with the bases loaded after consecutive singles by Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, and Mike Napoli, scoring a pair. Bradley’s liner to center produced the sixth run. The Phillies came roaring back in the eighth on Chase Utley’s two-run bomb and Ryan Howard’s solo shot against Noe Ramirez. Boston won it with a run in the ninth when Shannon Wilkerson singled to third base, scoring Xander Bogaerts.


     THUMBS UP: Bradley’s homer and four RBIs may have solidified his place on the 25-man roster. Napoli went 3 for 4 to improve his average to .314. Jose Iglesias also stroked three hits and is now batting .273. Middlebrooks went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Andrew Bailey threw a scoreless inning. Victorino made a great catch in center, robbing Howard of extra bases.

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     THUMBS DOWN: Daniel Bard allowed two hits and a run, although he struck out the side, in his inning of work. His stuff is still good, but his mechanics continue to not be consistent; his arm appeared to be in different slots. He did throw 95-97 miles per hour, which was a good sign. Bradley dropped a wind-blown pop for an error, and Iglesias got picked off first base. Ramirez gave up the back-to-back homers.

     MEDICAL REPORT: Jacoby Ellsbury came out of the game in the second inning suffering from swelling after jamming his right ankle as he lunged back into first base on a pickoff attempt in the first inning. Ellsbury said he should be fine . . . Victorino slammed against the center-field fence making the catch on Howard and had an ice pack on his wrist/hand area, but he seemed to be fine as well.

     AROUND THE BASES: It was an extremely windy day, with gusts up to 40 m.p.h. at times. The Sox used a batting order that manager John Farrell said could resemble one he may use when David Ortiz is out — starting with Ellsbury, then Victorino, Pedroia, Napoli, Middlebrooks, and Gomes. You might as well add Bradley at seventh at this rate, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia likely batting eighth and Iglesias ninth . . . Bryce Brentz replaced Ellsbury in the order, but he played right and Victorino went to center. Brentz went 1 for 4. His self-inflicted gunshot wound really cost him a chance to have been the Bradley of this camp. He will start in Pawtucket, although he could rise quickly with a good start . . . Attendance at Bright House Field was 11,076.

     NEXT GAME: The Sox play the Orioles at Sarasota at 1:05 p.m. Monday. Graham Godfrey goes for Boston, with Clay Mortensen, Jose De La Torre, and Anthony Carter also slated to work.

    Nick Cafardo