PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Takeaways from the Port, where the Red Sox beat the Mets, 6-3, Sunday afternoon but did the Metropolitans a good turn by helping them set an attendance record of 7,733 at Tradition Field, even though they left most of the big boys back in Fort Myers.
• Rick Porcello, the only member of his north Jersey clan to grow up a Mets fan, was quite satisfied with his day’s work, one in which he pounded the strike zone (30 strikes in 41 pitches) while giving up an unearned run on four hits in three innings. This was the first of what figures to be six Grapefruit League starts for the 26-year-old right-hander, who struck out two and did not walk a batter.
“I was pretty pleased with the amount of strikes I threw,’’ Porcello said. “Most of my misses were around the plate. My fastball, curveball, four-seamer were working really well. The changeup was a little iffy, I started feeling a lot better with it in the third inning, threw a couple of really good ones. Overall, I felt very good.’’
Said manager John Farrell: “I thought he had very good stuff. Threw a number of good curveballs.’’
• Xander Bogaerts hit his second home run of the spring, crushing an off-speed pitch over the left-field fence. For what it’s worth, Bogaerts hit two home runs in 21 practice games last spring, but obviously the Sox are happy with the way he’s swinging the bat early in camp. Bogaerts’ home run came off Hansel Robles, a right-hander who had 106 strikeouts in 110 2/3 innings in Double-A last season.
“The only breaking ball he saw in the whole sequence, a hanging slider,’’ Farrell said of the pitch that left the yard. “He recognized it and put a great swing on it. Equal to that are some of the at-bats where he’s staying back and hitting the ball the other way. A long fly ball yesterday to move a runner, today an RBI single the other way when he’s down in the count. He looks balanced and he’s waiting for pitches to get to him rather than rushing out to get them.
“A little insight to how relaxed he is. The game is slowing down for him a little bit.’’
• Sean Coyle, who was to have started at third base Sunday, was a late scratch after taking a ground ball in the mouth during batting practice. “He had three stitches in his lower lip,’’ Farrell said of Coyle, who was an Eastern League All-Star at second base for Double-A Portland season. “No chipped teeth or anything, just stitches.’’
• Jemile Weeks, a guy the Sox planned to look at primarily at second, short and center, was pressed into action at third base and had himself a fine afternoon, with a hit, a walk, a hit by pitch, two runs scored and two stolen bases. “Interesting guy,’’ Farrell said.
• The Sox had only five hits, but drew 10 walks and the hit batsman.
• The Mets had a dozen hits, but left 13 men on base, the Sox turning three double plays.
• Shane Victorino will not be making the long bus ride to Jupiter for Monday’s game against the Cardinals after all. Victorino participated in a full workout Sunday in the Fort, Farrell said, but the training staff recommended that he be given one more day off to rest his sore legs. He is expected to play Tuesday in the Fort against the Tampa Bay Rays.
• Farrell offered an update on Rusney Castillo, out since last Tuesday with a strained left oblique muscle.
“He’ll increase his activity today. He was able to throw yesterday out to 90 feet. There’s elliptical work, more ground-based work, more work in the pool. In the coming days, we hope to get him hitting off a tee. He’s making solid progress. Still don’t have a time frame, but making progress.’’
• Red Sox notesmeister Jon Shestakofsky put a little positive spin on the coming season when he pointed out that each of the last six teams to win the World Series -- Giants, Red Sox, Giants, Cardinals, Giants and Yankees, in that order -- all missed the postseason the previous year. The Sox, of course, finished last in 2014.
• Sox radio man Joe Castiglione was making his first visit to Port St. Lucie as a broadcaster. The last road exhibition game against the Mets he did came in 1987, when Al Nipper hit Darryl Strawberry with a pitch to precipitate a brawl as retaliation for Strawberry’s exaggerated stroll around the bases in Game 7 of the ’86 Series.