at Fort Myers, Fla.
Thursday, Feb. 28

Red Sox at the plate: Coco Crisp and J.D. Drew doubled in the first inning, sandwiched around an RBI groundout from Alex Cora, who also doubled in a run in the second. Left fielder Chris Carter, acquired in 2007 from Washington in the Wily Mo Pena trade, played the entire game, going 1-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Designated hitter Manny Ramirez walked in both appearances before leaving for a pinch-runner in the third inning. The Red Sox scored 39 runs and worked 27 walks in sweeping the pair of seven-inning games from Boston College and Northeastern.

Northeastern at the plate: It was a productive night for the No. 9 hole as Dave Fisher and Brendan Stokes each singled in their lone plate appearances.

Red Sox on the mound: Right-hander Justin Masterson, a second-round selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, earned the win, allowing one hit and striking out one over two shutout innings. He threw 17 pitches, 12 for strikes.

Northeastern on the mound: Righty Aaron Greenblat was the only Husky pitcher not to allow a run, stranding the bases loaded in the fourth. He pitched a third of an inning while walking one.

Up next: The Sox play a Major League opponent for the first time this spring on Friday when they make a short bus ride to Hammond Stadium to play the Twins at 7:05 p.m. ET. Daisuke Matsuzaka gets the start for Boston. He'll be opposed by Minnesota's Boof Bonser. Hideki Okajima, Mike Timlin and Julian Tavarez will work out of the bullpen for the Sox.