Masterson picks up spring victory

Masterson picks up spring victory

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.

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.