Takeaways from the Port, where the Sons of Torey Lovullo lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-3, in a split-squad game in which Lovullo, John Farrell’s bench coach, had most of the regulars under his disposal. That, he expects, will mean some grief from Farrell, whose split-squadders in Dunedin emerged as 4-2 winners over the Toronto Blue Jays.
* Second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit his first home run of the spring, jumping on a high 2-and-0 fastball from Rays right-hander Alex Cobb and hitting it over everything, including the boardwalk beyond the left-field fence. The home run came in the first inning and reminded Pedroia of how good it feels to swing pain-free, after dealing with a bad right thumb for the last four months of last season.
“It was kind of a freak deal," he said. “I never had my hand slip off the bat like that. The bottom hand. Usually it’s the top hand that slips off. It was painful, because I couldn’t rest it. The vibration would keep hitting [the thumb] every time I hit. It’s a good feeling when you can just worry about having a good at-bat rather than thinking if I get jammed, it’s going to be the worst pain. It’s nice.
“Right after I got home, I rehabbed it, tried to get all the scar tissue out of there, build up strength. Worst massage ever. So painful. [But now] it feels great."
* Since breaking into the big leagues in 2006, Pedroia has played with 19 different shortstops in the Sox infield, including seven for 100 or more games.
Stephen Drew is No. 20. Pedroia said the acclimation period is going just fine.
“It’s been great," he said. “I think that’s overblown. Since the first couple days of ground balls, talking and working, you kind of get used to each other right away."
Rays 6, Sox 3; Pedroia pain-free
ESPN.com | Feb 25