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03/03/2012 - 10:00pm
Aviles, Lavarnway impress as Sox beat BC

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox made it clean sweep of college teams Saturday, following their 25-0 win over Northeastern with a 6-3 victory over Boston College, at JetBlue Park.

Standing out for the Sox were Mike Aviles (2 doubles, 2 RBI), Juan Carlos Linares (2 RBI), and Ryan Lavarnway, who notched a pair of hits and runs. David Ortiz, who fielded all of his chances at first base cleanly, narrowly missed a home run in the second inning when Boston College right fielder Marc Perdios made a nice catch at the wall.

"Made the two plays, took one unassisted, fed the pitcher on another one. I thought he looked fine," said Red Sox Bobby Valentine regarding Ortiz' fielding. "That's the way he's looked in his practice sessions."

Sox starter Felix Doubront turned in a solid outing, allowing just one hit while striking out a batter over two innings. Junichi Tazawa came in after Doubront, allowing two runs on four hits over two...

03/03/2012 - 9:04pm
Lester: 'We've got to earn the trust back'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jon Lester took a solid first step in his spring training progression Saturday, allowing just one hit over two innings in the Red Sox' 25-0 win over Northeastern at JetBlue Park.

After the outing, Lester admitted that the team is carrying added motivation as they march toward the season-opener in Detroit thanks to its historic collapse last September.

“I think a little bit, yeah," said Lester when asked about if the Sox feel they have something to prove coming off of 2011. "I think like Josh [Beckett] said we've got to earn the trust back from the fans and show them that we are here busting our butt everyday. That being said, right now, i think it’s about getting our work done. We’ll worry about the other stuff when April rolls around and it matters.”

Lester explained that this year's spring training does have a bit of a different feel to it, for a variety of reasons.

“A...

03/03/2012 - 6:09pm
BC tied for last in ACC after loss to Miami

Kenny Kadji and Durand Scott scored 14 points apiece as Miami routed Boston College, 77-56, Saturday afternoon in Coral Gables, Fla.

Matt Humphrey scored 16 points for BC (9-21, 4-12 ACC), which ends the regular season tied for last in the league.

The Eagles went 8:08 without a point in the first half as Miami built a 46-25 lead heading into intermission. The Hurricanes (18-11, 9-7) cruised home from there.

BC next opens play in the ACC tournament in Atlanta Thursday.


03/03/2012 - 5:51pm
Sweeney, Ross shine in Sox rout of Huskies

 FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In the first-ever spring training game played at JetBlue Park, the Red Sox trounced Northeastern, 25-0, before a crowd of 8,124.

Hitting home runs for the Red Sox in their offensive onslaught were Ryan Sweeney (3 hits, 3-run homer), Adrian Gonzalez (3-run homer), and  Che-Hsuan Lin (2-run homer. Darnell McDonald, Dustin Pedroia, Ross and Sweeney all came away with multiple-hit games for the Sox.

Jon Lester went two innings in the start for the hosts, allowing one hit while striking out two and throwing 22 pitches (16 strikes).

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


03/03/2012 - 5:44pm
Gonzalez talks shoulder, Crawford comeback

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After kicking off his spring training with a three-run home run in the Red Sox' exhibition game against Northeastern, Saturday at JetBlue Park, Adrian Gonzalez proclaimed his right shoulder "100 percent," and said he is playing with no limitations this spring.

"My shoulder, I've been saying it all along, feels great," Gonzalez said. "It's 100 percent and I've been able to get that high finish and do everything I want to do when I'm at the plate. So I'm happy about that."

Gonzalez explained that he is in a much better place this spring compared to last March, when he didn't get into a game until March 12.

"This year I'm definitely more relaxed," he said. "I feel better overall and I'm not rehabbing, I'm not getting acquainted with new people and going through all that stuff. It's a pretty big difference from last year to this year."

Gonzalez offered some insight as...

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