FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Northeastern University lefty James Mulry, a native of West Roxbury, Mass., will have some stories to tell when he gets back to campus in a few days.
In back-to-back at-bats in the third inning of the Red Sox's 5-2 victory on Thursday, the sophomore struck out Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, who are arguably the two best players on the Red Sox.
While this would have been a big deal for any college pitcher, the fact that Mulry is a local kid who pitched in high school for Boston Latin probably made it an even more meaningful event.
Pedroia went down looking. Big Papi struck out swinging on a 3-2 breaking ball.
"I was just trying to see if I could get a strike to hit or whatever. He ended up throwing me a nasty breaking ball, whatever it was," said Ortiz. "He can party tonight."
It was mentioned to Ortiz that even college kids are going offspeed to him on 3-2.
"I know," Ortiz chuckled. "It seems like they watch the World Series a lot."
Another reporter noted that Mulry will probably tell people in 50 years that he struck out Ortiz.
"How many years from now? Why that long?" Ortiz said. "He could [celebrate] tonight and say 'I struck out Papi.'"
Trailing the Huskies 2-1 early, the Red Sox rallied back for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull out a 5-2 victory in seven innings.
In the second game, the Red Sox defeated Boston College 5-2 behind a three-run double by Travis Shaw. Starter Rubby De La Rosa struck out two in two innings of work.
Workman sharp in debut against Northeastern
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Brandon Workman, who developed into a key bullpen contributor for the Red Sox in 2013, fired two shutout innings in Thursday's start against Northeastern.
Even though the Red Sox felt confident enough to use him in the clinching games of both the American League Championship Series and World Series, they could be hard-pressed to find a roster spot for him coming out of camp.
The rotation is full, and the bullpen has numerous options.
"Yeah, we have a lot of great players on this team obviously, in the rotation and the bullpen," said Workman. "It's definitely a tough team to make, but I've just got to keep taking care of my business and going out and throwing the ball as well as I can every day."
The beauty of Workman is that he's proven to the Red Sox that he can succeed as a starter or reliever. He will get stretched out during camp.
"The preparation is a little bit different but on the mound I feel it's very similar," Workman said. "It's still about attacking hitters, getting ahead in counts and then executing pitches late in the count."
Red Sox still getting familiar with Hinojosa
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Righty Dalier Hinojosa, the Cuban defector the Red Sox signed to a $4 million Minor League deal back in October, could help the Major League team at some point this season.
Manager John Farrell is still getting to know the 27-year-old.
"He has power to his stuff, he's got the ability to spin a couple of different types of breaking balls. And we're getting to know about him and his aptitude, and just his overall baseball experience so far in camp," said Farrell.
There are cultural adjustments to work through also.
"The one thing we come to find out is the baseball culture is very different here, particularly in our Spring Training setting, versus what we've come to understand through Hino," said Farrell. "And that is, there's more attention to detail in some of the finer points of the game that he's getting accustomed to. Still, in his role and what he can potentially bring to us, it's what he does on the mound [that will be key]."
• It might be another 10 days before manager John Farrell uses closer Koji Uehara and setup man Junichi Tazawa in a game. This is by design.
"[Koji] and Junichi, they'll get in games around [a third of the way] through the game-schedule mark," Farrell said. "There's nothing that says otherwise, why we're holding them back. They're throwing the ball extremely well right now. We're just trying to balance out the number of appearances last year as well."
Farrell is taking a similarly conservative approach with his rotation, as Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy are all being skipped the first time through.
Felix Doubront will be the first regular to get a start, on Sunday against the Orioles. Peavy will take the ball on Monday on the road against the Pirates. Buchholz's first outing will be a one-inning cameo against the Rays on Tuesday. Rather than make the long bus ride to Jupiter on Wednesday, Lester will pitch a simulated game at the Player Development complex.
• Outfielder Daniel Nava, who has been dealing with a nagging neck injury, could be ready to play in Friday's Grapefruit League opener against the Twins. Farrell is in no rush to get Shane Victorino into a game. Instead, the right fielder is working to strengthen his legs and avoid some of the nagging injuries that plagued him last year.
• In Friday's Grapefruit League opener, Anthony Ranaudo, one of Boston's top pitching prospects, will draw the start against the Twins. Francisco Cordero, trying to win a spot as a non-roster invitee, will work an inning.