03/13/08 4:19 PM ET
Garza grand again in start vs. Red Sox
Right-hander handcuffs Boston, lowers spring ERA to 1.93
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
at Fort Myers, Fla.
Thursday, March 13 Red Sox at the plate: It was a quiet day offensively for the Sox, with none of the regulars having multi-hit games. Manny Ramirez belted a double, Dustin Pedroia was 0-for-2 after missing three games due to the flu and Brandon Moss smashed a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. Rays at the plate: Jon Weber belted a solo homer and scored two runs. Leadoff man Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-3. Red Sox on the mound: Bartolo Colon made his debut for Boston, giving up two hits and a run over two innings. Colon walked one and struck out one, throwing 26 pitches. Kyle Snyder, who is trying to win a spot in the rotation, fired two shutout innings and struck out three. Hideki Okajima and Javier Lopez also threw scoreless innings. Rays on the mound: Matt Garza turned in a quality outing, allowing four hits and no runs while walking one and striking out two over 4 2/3 innings. J.P. Howell gave up two hits and a run over 2 1/3 innings. Grapefruit League records: Red Sox 5-8-1; Rays 9-3-1.
Up next for the Rays: The Rays host the Blue Jays on Friday at Progress Energy Park at 1:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Edwin Jackson gets the start for Tampa Bay, followed by Trever Miller, Al Reyes, Kurt Birkins and Grant Balfour. Right-hander Jesse Litsch is expected to start for Toronto, followed by B.J. Ryan, Scott Downs, Brian Tallet and Jeremy Accardo.
Up next for the Red Sox: The Sox will host the Orioles in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest on Friday at City of Palms Park. Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka will start and be followed out of the bullpen by closer Jonathan Papelbon and veteran setup man Mike Timlin. Most of Boston's regulars are expected to be in the starting lineup, and shortstop Julio Lugo might return after missing the past week with back woes.