TAMPA, Fla. -- Travis Shaw homered and doubled, driving in three runs, as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees, 10-6, on Wednesday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Shaw greeted Andrew Miller with a no-doubt line-drive homer over the right-field wall that opened the third inning, and he then banged a two-run double to deep left-center off Bryan Mitchell in the fourth.
Red Sox manager John Farrell was impressed with Shaw's performance.
"He had a little bit of a breakout year last year, more about him knowing himself as a hitter," said Farrell. "Just seeing him year over year, he's much more comfortable in this environment. ... He gets a first-pitch fastball [from] Miller and then the 1-0 fastball, he's looking in a specific spot away and puts a very good swing on a pitch. He's swinging the bat good."
Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer of the spring, a solo shot to left-center field off Brandon Workman in the fourth inning. The homer came on an 88-mph fastball with a 3-1 count and marked Rodriguez's first in a game situation since Sept. 20, 2013, when he hit a grand slam off the Giants' George Kontos.
Boston right-hander Joe Kelly permitted two runs and three hits over three innings, making his second start of the spring. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran notched run-scoring singles in the third inning off Kelly, who walked one and struck out four.
"Certainly a step in the right direction," Farrell said of Kelly. "I think more than anything, command within the strike zone was an improvement over last time out."
Chris Capuano started for New York, but he was forced to exit after two batters after sustaining a right quadriceps strain while covering first base on a Brock Holt groundout. Capuano is scheduled to have an MRI on Wednesday, and general manager Brian Cashman indicated that Capuano will be "out a while."
Envisioned as the Yanks' No. 5 starter, Capuano's injury opens the door for Mitchell, Esmil Rogers, Adam Warren and Chase Whitley to compete for that role. Mitchell was hit hard, permitting four runs and seven hits over two innings as the Red Sox batted around in the fourth. Garin Cecchini and Jeff Bianchi also had run-scoring hits off Mitchell.
Mookie Betts, who is bidding to be Boston's center fielder on Opening Day, went 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot while Cecchini had two hits and three RBIs. Luke Montz crushed a two-run homer to left-center field in the eighth.
Slade Heathcott rounded out the Yankees' scoring by hitting a two-run homer to right field.