SCORE: Cardinals 8, Red Sox 6.
BREAKDOWN: Chris Capuano made his debut for the Red Sox in the game at Jupiter, Fla., and went two innings, allowing two runs on a homer by Xavier Scruggs. Xander Bogaerts had a two-run homer for Boston.
THUMBS UP: Daniel Nava went 1 for 2 with a homer and a walk as the leadoff hitter. Manager John Farrell said Nava remains a candidate for the leadoff role. Bogaerts continues to scorch the ball. Catcher Christian Vazquez is known for his defense, but he chipped in a pair of hits. Bryce Brentz threw a no-hop strike from right field to third base to nail a runner.
THUMBS DOWN: Third baseman Will Middlebrooks made one error, let another ball get by him, and went 0 for 3. Bogaerts looked slow on a couple of balls hit in the 5-6 hole . . . Prospect Anthony Ranaudo was lit up for six hits and five runs (three earned) in 1⅓ innings. Deven Marrero and Heiker Meneses made errors.
MEDICAL REPORT: Catchers David Ross (foot) and A.J. Pierzynski (ankle), who have been nursing minor injuries, may get into games Friday and Saturday, respectively, according to Farrell. Jake Peavy also threw in the bullpen but had someone catch the ball for him as he recovers from a laceration of his left hand.
FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: Farrell isn’t happy with his pitchers not pounding the strike zone and falling behind hitters in the first six games. He has tried to go slow with his pitchers after their intense workload last postseason, but one wonders if Farrell soon will gather the troops and send a tough message to them.
AROUND THE BASES: Dennis Eckersley, who lives part time in Jupiter, dropped by to see Red Sox personnel and some of his Cardinals buddies . . . Former Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia held court for two groups of reporters at the Marlins clubhouse. The Cardinals and Marlins share Roger Dean Stadium in the spring . . . Pitching coach Juan Nieves did yeoman’s work, going from Fort Myers, where he watched Jon Lester, to Jupiter to watch Capuano and the other Sox pitchers . . . Bogaerts was happy to finally hit one out of the park after a few days of hitting line drives at people . . . Neither side made much of the fact that they were in a “rematch” of the World Series . . . The first replay review for both sides came in the eighth inning and the call on the field was upheld that a throw didn’t take Meneses’s foot off the second-base bag prematurely. The review only took about a minute.
NEXT GAME: The Sox face the Marlins at Jupiter Thursday afternoon. Allen Webster, Drake Britton, and Alex Wilson are scheduled to pitch for Boston.