By: Ian Browne/ MLB.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Making his first Grapefruit League start as he transitions to the starting rotation, Red Sox right-hander Daniel Bard fired two shutout innings on Tuesday afternoon at JetBlue Park.
While Bard took a no-decision, the Sox defeated the Orioles, 5-4, to improve to 3-0.
"I felt good," said Bard. "It's a little different being out there before the first inning. I felt good, even though I'm still trying to get my routine down."
Positivity all around! Not only did Bard pitch well but Aceves was perfect in two innings of work. Offensively - Adrian Gonzalez and Cody Ross both had doubles off of the wall as they continued their hot springs - as well as  Ryan Lavarnway adding a single and an RBI sac fly. I'm most excited about Cody Ross though. Maybe it's because I'm so scarred from watching JD Drew dick his way around in right for the past few years but if we could get some consistent and legitmate production out of Ross then that adds a completely different dynamic to this team.

On the other hand - pitching prospect Alex Wilson did give up four runs on five hits over 1+ inning but oh well. I like to look at the spring this way: If the player does well than it's a great sign and if they do poorly then they are just working through some things. Of course if Papi goes 0 for the rest of the spring then I would certainly think we might have a problem.

The Sox play the Blue Jay's on Wednesday at 1:05pm.

Pete Mastors 3/06/2012 06:35:00 PM Edit
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