It was an interesting day yesterday with the Miami Marlins and Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park.
Josh Beckett struggled with his control early on only to turn in a nice performance on the mound. Andrew Bailey's command wasn't all there in his first spring training game. Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen got ejected. And finally, Pedro Ciriaco hit a two-run walk-off home run in the 10th to give the Red Sox the 5-3 win.
Beckett was all over the place in the first inning as he allowed a hit and plunked two batters. But then he settled down, retiring the next nine batters he faced as he threw 55 pitches in four innings on three days rest. Yes, I said three days rest.
Bobby Valentine and Bob McClure have been having the starters throw on three days rest to build up some arm strength. But as the rotation starts to take shape, they will all start to work on regular rest to get ready for the season.
As for Bailey giving up a run and three hits, I wouldn't put too much stock in his effort. ...