1:05 PM ET, March 25, 2014
Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, FL
Will Middlebrooks also hit a solo homer as the defending World Series champions won for just the ninth time in 24 games this spring.Wil Myers and Jose Molina both drove in runs for the Rays, who are still a Grapefruit League best 15-6-3.STARTING TIMERays: In his first outing since being chosen the team's fifth starting pitcher, Jake Odorizzi gave up three earned runs on four hits, including a home run, walked two and struck out five over five-plus innings. He threw 92 pitches, 58 for strikes.Red Sox: Clay Buchholz gave up two runs in six innings, allowing three hits, two walks and striking out five over 84 pitches."It was good up until the sixth inning," he said. "I'm comfortable with the pitches because there's more movement on them, especially the two-seamer. You've got to let the ball work for you."BEDARD RELEASEDTampa Bay released veteran pitcher Erik Bedard, just days after he lost out in a three-way competition for the Rays' fifth starter spot with Odorizzi and Cesar Ramos. Tampa Bay will use Ramos for long relief.Bedard had a 6.88 ERA over 17 innings with 13 strikeouts and two walks this spring. He had an opt-out clause in his minor league deal, and can now sign with any team."That does not preclude the potential for him to come back to us at some point," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I would like to believe that if it doesn't work out, based on our relationship that we built, that he would want to come back to us, because we would really like to have him back.""I'm hoping he gets another job on the major league level, but if not, that he would come back to us would be great," he said.ROSTER MOVESRays: Maddon announced outfielder Brandon Guyer made the opening day roster. The bullpen has not been finalized, with Josh Lueke and Brandon Gomes still in the mix. Prior to the game, Maddon told pitcher Mark Lowe and infielders Jayson Nix and Wilson Betemit they did not make the team.COBB SPEAKS, COMPANY LISTENSAfter Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive and Tampa Bay righty Alex Cobb spoke about the lack of progress in protective headgear hats for pitchers, the company developing the product had a rep at Rays camp.Cobb missed two months last season after being struck in the side of the head with a liner in a game at Tropicana Field. He talked Tuesday to a representative for 4Licensing Corporation, the parent company of isoBLOX, which has developed the padding that is sewn into rim of the caps.Cobb and Maddon called the prototype "awkward" while Cobb said the hat is still too big, heavy and hot."I like where the company is going out and getting the feedback from our opinions," Cobb said. "That's their big interest, but it's still not practical by any means. And I haven't even thrown with it on because it's just not where it needs to be. It's going in the right direction, though."TRAINER'S ROOMRays: The swelling around the cut pitcher Matt Moore sustained to his lower lip after being hit with a line drive Sunday has gone down significantly and the lefty isn't expected to miss his upcoming start. The injury required four or five stitches."I feel fortunate to come away with only that," Moore said. "It wakes you a bit when one gets you up top."Red Sox: Outfielder Shane Victorino was held out as a precaution due to soreness in his side, but is expected to play Wednesday. Farrell said Victorino may play in more minor league games in end the spring, just in case a DL stint is needed.Craig Breslow will pitch in a minor league game Thursday and after that, Farrell believes the team will have a better assessment on where he will start the season. Breslow threw 18 pitches Monday vs. Class A Baltimore players. His start to the season was delayed after last year's heavy workload.
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PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - MARCH 25: The tarp sits on the field prior to the start of the game between the Boston Red...(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
|Stadium||Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, FL|
|Umpires||, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tim Timmons|
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