Red Sox Spring Training Delight – 3/25

Boston Red Sox starter Alfredo Aceves, right, covers home as Philadelphia Phillies' Shane Victorino scores on a wild pitch during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Sarasota, Fla., Saturday, March 24, 2012.

While we didn’t get a chance to talk about the outing of Clay Buchholz on Friday night because of the site transfer issues, we did use our time to watch most of the game between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday afternoon.

And while that game was going on, another squad from the Red Sox was in Jupiter talking on the Miami Marlins. Now what makes that interesting is not the incident when Bobby Valentine waved goodbye to Ozzie Guillen after he was ejected, it’s the fact that Felix Doubront was trying to state his case for one of the final spots in the rotation. Of course Alfredo Aceves was trying to do the same thing back in Ft. Myers.

If you had to pick a winner for the day, you would have to say it was Doubront. While Aceves was getting shelled by the Phillies, Doubront was dominating the Marlins.

Aceves gave up nine runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out three in just three innings of work. Three of those 10 hits were home runs including back-to-back johnsons by Pete Orr and Freddy Galvis. On the other hand, Doubront allowed one run, scattering five hits and one walk while striking out two in six innings of work.

So what do we take away from this?

As far as the Aceves outing, probably nothing. While he didn’t say he was suffering from the “dead arm” phase of spring training that some pitchers hit, you have to wonder if he is. Regardless of whether he is or not, it really shouldn’t affect his status for the competition in the rotation.

Everyone is allowed a bad outing once in a while and after all, this is spring training. You’d rather have him get blown up during spring training than in a regular season game.

And while we didn’t see Doubront’s outing, you would have to think that with Valentine there watching, that Doubront will likely claim one of those final two spots.

I do think we’ll know more after Daniel Bard takes the mound today against the Toronto Blue Jays. So these final 11 or so days of spring training will definitely need to be followed as the entire roster starts to take shape.

To see the lineups for today’s game as well as the links from the media, please click on the read more button below if you’re on the home page.

After splitting their split-squad doubleheader yesterday, the Red Sox head north to Dunedin for matchup with their AL East rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and the game will be televised in the Red Sox television market on NESN. You can also listen to the game on WEEI 93.7 FM/850 AM.

Here are today’s lineups:

Boston Red Sox Toronto Blue Jays
1. Mike Aviles SS 1. Kelly Johnson 2B
2. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 2. Yunel Escobar SS
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 3. Jose Bautista RF
4. Darnell McDonald LF 4. Adam Lind 1B
5. Ryan Lavarnway DH 5. Edwin Encarnacion DH
6. Josh Kroeger RF 6. Brett Lawrie 3B
7. Kelly Shoppach C 7. Eric Thames LF
8. Nate Spears 3B 8. Colby Rasmus CF
9. Jonathan Hee 2B 9. Jeff Mathis C
Daniel Bard SP Aaron Laffey SP

Bard will be followed by RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Scott Atchison, LHP Justin Thomas and RHP Justin Germano.

Laffey will be followed by RHP Jason Frasor, RHP Carlos Villanueva and LHP Luis Perez.


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Decisions, decisions: The factors that will determine Red Sox’ rotation competition [Alex Speier –]

Coming into focus: The leadership of Jarrod Saltalamacchia [Alex Speier –]

Power struggle may weaken Sox right off the bat [Boston Globe]

Buchholz in it for long haul [Boston Globe]

Jenks arrested on DUI charges [Boston Globe]

Pedroia comes away unscathed [Boston Globe]

John Williams writes tune for Fenway Park [Boston Globe]

Lavarnway and Iglesias could offer major help [Boston Globe]

Doubront shows his stuff [Boston Globe]

Outing wasn’t so pleasant [Boston Globe]

Bobby Jenks faces DUI charges [Boston Herald]

Rotation battle nears end [Boston Herald]

Ben Cherington: Debate is healthy [Boston Herald]

Clay Buchholz pushes himself [Boston Herald]

Not short on options [Boston Herald]

Red Sox exercise right to wait [Boston Herald]

Daniel Bard set for latest (and maybe last) audition for starting rotation [Clubhouse Insider]

Kevin Youkilis has stiff lower back; Bobby V on expectations for Bard [Clubhouse Insider]

Aviles comfortable at shortstop during Spring Training [CSN New England]

Bogar: Iglesias is ‘going to continue to improve’ [CSN New England]

Aceves struggles in start vs. Phillies [CSN New England]

BBTN video: Is Bard a starter or reliever? [ESPN Boston]

Bobby V: Sox ‘have a wealth’ of SS talent [ESPN Boston]

Sox bench coach on Aceves: ‘A hiccup’ [ESPN Boston]

Doubront excels in 6 IP vs. Marlins [ESPN Boston]

Youk out with back stiffness [Extra Bases]

Tim Bogar: Jose Iglesias vs. Mike Aviles ‘a tough decision’ [Full Count]

Jarrod Saltalamacchia ‘Happy’ for Mentor Chipper Jones in Wake of Third Baseman’s Retirement Announcement []

Alfredo Aceves, Tim Bogar Believe the Pitcher’s Rough Outing Was An Aberration []

Pence on Melancon: “He just went out and dominated” [Projo Sox Blog]

Bogar praises progress of Aviles, Iglesias [Projo Sox Blog]

Phillies shell Aceves; Doubront pitches well against Marlins [Projo Sox Blog]

Youkilis scratched with back stiffness [Projo Sox Blog]

Valentine wants pitchers to prioritize getting ready for the season [Projo Sox Blog]

For more slices of Red Sox goodness, head over to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, CSN New EnglandESPN Boston, NESN, Providence Journal, and WEEI websites.

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