The Red Sox will take on the Pirates tonight at 7:05 with the game airing on MLB.tv. Clay Buchholz will take the mound for the Sox with rotation contender Vicente Padilla coming on in relief.

Even though the Red Sox lost yesterday 9-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals - Josh Beckett was able to build off of his first succesfull spring start going three innings and only surrendering two hits while not giving up a run.

Here's some notes from ESPN Boston on Beckett's performance:

  •  Beckett called his breaking stuff “a work in progress.” As he did in his first outing, Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, Beckett threw a lot of changeups, but he mixed in more curveballs. He said his command on Thursday was “about the same” as last time. 

  • He looked OK for working on the things he wanted to work on,” Valentine said. 

  • One of Beckett’s misses, a fastball left over the middle of the plate, was laced for a double by Matt Holliday. It fell in the left-center gap, cut down by a steady breeze. “If the wind’s blowing out, I think that ball Holliday hit lands in St. Louis,” Beckett said. 

  • Beckett said his main concern is building arm strength. “A lot of the feel and stuff comes when your arm gets strong, and you can plus and minus -- you can throw a little harder or take something off.” 

  • Beckett did not appear to have any issue with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who caught the first three innings. 
Jose Iglesias was also a bright spot for the Sox as he hit a bases clearing triple in the 8th inning. Hopefully this is a sign that Iglesias is progressing in the hitting department. Stories have been coming out that he may start the season in the minors but be brought up sooner rather than later.

How did the Red Sox lose the game? Well that wonderful compensation we got for Theor, Chris Carpenter, was charged with six runs. It's nice to see him adjusting well. I can't wait to see who that player to be named later is.

Pete Mastors 3/09/2012 01:19:00 PM Edit
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