SARASOTA, Fla. — In a spring training game that saw Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffer a scare with his right wrist, Jonny Gomes blasted a long home run to left field while several Red Sox relievers looked strong early on as the Orioles beat the Red Sox, 5-3, Wednesday night at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.

SARASOTA, Fla. — Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks believes he dodged a bullet.

SARASOTA, Fla. — Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks left in the first inning of Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game against the Orioles after suffering an injury while facing Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman.

SARASOTA, Fla. — Felix Doubront completed his simulated game Wednesday successfully in Fort Myers and has passed the final hurdle for starting a spring game, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. That start will come Monday afternoon at JetBlue Park against Tampa Bay.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — First baseman Mike Napoli cleared his final hurdle en route to starting to play in exhibition games on Friday.

When Adrian Gonzalez joined the Red Sox via a trade with the Padres after the 2010 season, the first baseman insisted he always wanted to play in Boston. Now, however, Gonzalez insists Los Angeles is where he was “meant to be.”

There was a fascinating vagueness in the answer, an undefined space that lent itself to speculation.

Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, appearing at a Tuesday press conference announcing his appointment as athletic director at Sacred Heart University, promised that his new job is a challenge he is taking very seriously.

It was the sort of performance that forces anyone watching to take notice.