Pirates 7, Red Sox 4

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 09, 2012
Andrew McCutchen had two RBI doubles and also singled in three at-bats to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 in exhibition play Friday night. McCutchen just missed two homers, doubling off the Green Monster replica in the third and fifth innings. Right-hander Clay Buchholz started for the Red Sox. He went three innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with a strikeout and also hit a batter. Buchholz was charged with the loss. Right-hander Vicente Padilla, competing for the fifth spot in Boston's rotation followed Buchholz. Padilla went two innings, allowing four runs on five hits - all in his first inning. Right-hander Shairon Martis started for the Pirates. He went two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out one en route to the victory. David Ortiz homered for Boston. NOTES: Boston left fielder Carl Crawford, who had a setback in his rehab from mid-January surgery on his left wrist, is progressing, but manager Bobby Valentine said he isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season. ''I never try to have the calendar dictate the health of a player and I think Carl understands that,'' Valentine said. ''(But,) to tell you the truth, I'm not planning on him (for Opening Day). I think I said that, too, coming in, and then I might have changed my mind when he started hitting and throwing early. But I have to go back to the original.'' ... Boston left-hander Andrew Miller, scratched from Thursday's game against the Cardinals because of elbow soreness, is expected to throw Saturday.
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