8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox dominated the Pirates 16-6 on Thursday afternoon. Fortunately for the Bucs, they won’t have to wait long for a shot at redemption.
OK, so we might not remember these back-to-back contests when the games start counting for real in April, but as the calendar turns to March, it’s hard not to get at least a little bit excited about spring training getting into full swing.
The Pirates walked the ballpark on Thursday. No, seriously, they walked everyone in sight, and it resulted in a rather bizarre stat line for the Red Sox. The Sox scored 16 runs, drew 15 walks and banged out 14 hits (all of which were singles). When all was said and done, Boston came away with a 16-6 victory.
John Lackey got the start on Thursday, and he took another step forward. On Friday, the Red Sox will turn to Jon Lester, who was perfect in his first outing of the spring on Sunday. Rubby De La Rosa, Alex Wilson, Steven Wright, Daniel Bard and Oscar Villarreal are also slated to pitch for the Red Sox against the Pirates.
Friday’s action will kick off from JetBlue Park at 7:05 p.m. Be sure to tune in to the action on NESN, but don’t stray too far, as we’ll have additional commentary, analysis and all sorts of other jazz throughout the day on NESN.com.