Shaw leads hit parade in rout of Yankees

First baseman drives in three while Betts notches three hits

Shaw leads hit parade in rout of Yankees

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."

Shaw's line-drive homer

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.

Kelly fans Gardner

"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."

Cecchini's two-run double

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.

Betts collects three hits

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.

Up next: A big group of regulars will be traveling to Bradenton for Thursday's 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Pirates, including David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval and Shane Victorino. Clay Buchholz makes the start.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.