Jon Lester made his first Grapefruit League start of the spring sunday. His two previous appearances this year were two innings in a 25-0 win over Northeastern and 2 2-3 innings in a “B’’ game against Minnesota. The big lefty walked four and struck out two. The only hit he gave up was an RBI single to ‘Sox killer Adam Jones. The four walks is a startling number, but some of that was due to the unfamiliarity between new catcher Kelly Shoppach and Lester. Lester admitted later that he was trying to get comfortable with Shoppach, and that he wasn’t getting much help from the ump who Lester said was “relearning” the strike zone.
Four other pitchers combined on a three-hitter. Aaron Cook, who signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox after 10 years with Colorado, pitched a hitless sixth and seventh innings in his first appearance of spring training. He walked two and struck out one. “It felt really good,” Cook said. “First inning I was a little amped up. Felt like a little kid.”
Offensively Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, while Cody Ross continued his torrid spring with a pair of hits and two runs scored. Below is the box score for Boston.
- Sunday marked the first time that Aaron Cook and Jon Lester had pitched in the same game since Game 4 of the 2007 World Series.
- Andrew Bailey will pitch in his first game of the spring Monday.