Takeaways from the Fort: College sweep

February, 27, 2014
Feb 27
7:45
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Takeaways from the Fort after the Boston Red Sox beat Northeastern and Boston College by the identical scores of 5-2:

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Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesGrady Sizemore was 0-for-2 Thursday in his first game action with the Red Sox.
Grady Sizemore looked comfortable on a baseball field. It has been two years since he was able to say that. Sizemore played left field and went 0-for-2 in his two at-bats, flying out and lining out. He is scheduled to play again Saturday.

"He's working hard," David Ortiz said. "Looked good. Trying to stay healthy. We'll see how it goes."

When someone asked a follow-up question about Sizemore, asking Ortiz what he sees, he replied: "Looks all sexy and good-looking. What do you want me to tell you?

"He's a great player, man, but he's just been dealing with injuries. Sad, man, that he's dealing with injuries. It's hard to want to continue playing when things go that way, but he looked good to me."

• A dozen pitchers got in work for the Sox, six in each game. Brandon Workman started the first game, Rubby De La Rosa the second. Each pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out two.

"I thought for the most part we threw strikes, stayed in control of the count for the better part of the guys who walked to the mound,"Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "And it was good to see guys in game situations, to see their instincts."

• Nonroster outfielder Corey Brown was hit in the back of the left hand while swinging at a pitch in the third inning of Game 2 and was taken out for precautionary reasons, but checked out OK afterward, Farrell said. No fracture of any kind, he said.

• Catcher Christian Vazquez hit the day's only home run, a long ball over the top of the left-field wall, in the second game.

• Three players had two hits apiece for the Sox on Thursday: third baseman Garin Cecchini, first baseman Travis Shaw, and catcher Ryan Lavarnway. Shaw and Lavarnway each had a double.

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AP Photo/Steven SenneDavid Ortiz smiles after getting fooled by a pitch from Northeastern's James Mulry.
• The Sox remain undefeated against their college visitors, 12-0 against Northeastern and 24-0 over BC. The Huskies actually took a 2-1 lead into the sixth, but the Sox scored four runs in the bottom of the inning, helped by a double error and a triple by Scott Cousins, the former Marlin.

• The only extra-base hits by the college kids were doubles by Northeastern freshman Jimmy Hand in the first game and Boston College senior first baseman John Hennessy in the nightcap. Hand is from Georgia, Hennessy from Andover, Mass. Another Andover kid, Huskies freshman Dustin Hunt, pitched two scoreless innings in the first game, while West Roxbury (and Boston Latin School) pitcher James Mulry had a moment to savor for Northeastern when he retired Dustin Pedroia on a called third strike and struck out David Ortiz, the next batter, with a breaking ball on which Ortiz was fooled badly, sending him back to the dugout laughing.

"He threw me a nasty breaking ball," Ortiz said. "He can party tonight."

Something for the kid to talk about years from now? "Why that long?" he said. "He can have a drink tonight, say, 'I struck out Papi.'"

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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