FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was a rough day of work for Clay Buchholz that included a return of a bad habit. Now, what remains to be seen is whether the pitcher’s lapse was temporary, or whether it could be somewhat more ominous.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz submitted his worst outing of the spring. He allowed more runs (6) than he recorded outs (5), allowing four hits and three walks while throwing three wild pitches and hitting a batter. He said that he couldn't get a feel for either his fastball or changeup, and he ended up bouncing both pitches on more than one occasion.


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Tuesday night's contest against the Twins prior to the start of the bottom of the second inning due to a mild left wrist sprain. Pedroia appeared to suffer the injury against the first Twins batter of the game, when he dove to his left to corral a Denard Span grounder. After his awkward landing, he jumped up but sailed his throw to first, getting charged with the error.


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Boof Bonser said that the groin injury that he suffered in his outing on Monday was relatively minor. He reported that the team's training staff felt that the injury was already showing some improvement and he hoped not to have to take more than a day off, although it remained unclear precisely when the 28-year-old will be able to resume throwing.


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox announced a few roster moves on Tuesday. Pitchers Michael Bowden and Ramon A. Ramirez were both optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, as was first baseman Aaron Bates. The team also reassigned pitcher Jorge Sosa to minor league camp.


The team added one player to big league camp, inviting third baseman Jorge Jimenez -- freshly back from the Marlins after the Rule 5 draftee was returned to the Sox on Sunday -- as a non-roster player. That followed Jimenez' impressive showing in his brief time this spring with Florida.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays All-Star Carl Crawford needs little time to react.

You remember the 12-1 Red Sox win over the California Angels on May 27, 1995, don't you?

Come on, who could forget? Luis Alicea had three hits, three RBI and three runs. Troy O'Leary (batting leadoff) also had three hits, and Mo Vaughn homered. 



FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Using the same pen he signed his first professional contract, Joe Mauer signed on the dotted line at the Minnesota Twins minor league complex Monday for a record $184 million dollar contract extension through 2018. He will make $23 million a season in the fourth-richest contract ever awarded a player.


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and former Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach each belted a pair of home runs as the Tampa Bay Rays outlasted the Red Sox, 11-9, at City of Palms Park on Monday afternoon. The Rays hit a total of seven home runs in the game, including two off starter and loser Boof Bonser and three of Junichi Tazawa with a strong wind blowing out to right all afternoon. Bonser, battling for a roster spot, allowed six hits and five runs, while walking two, striking out two in two-plus innings.


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter John Lackey, in his fourth start of the spring, threw five innings in a minor league camp game. Facing an array of Sox minor leaguers (mostly from the Double A and Triple A ranks), Lackey allowed one run on three hits while striking out six and walking none. He still has yet to give up a walk this spring, though he did permit his first run on a homer to left by minor leaguer Daniel Nava.


"Got one out of the way," Lackey joked.