Takeaways: Webster goes to the movies

March, 6, 2014
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JUPITER, Fla. -- Takeaways from a scoreless tie between the Red Sox and Marlins in Roger Dean Stadium, in which former Patriots coach Bill Parcells was a spectator, rookie shortstop Deven Marrero put on a show in front of family and friends, Allen Webster proved the value of going to the movies with John Lackey and Jon Lester, Jarrod Saltalamacchia said hello to some old friends, and catcher Blake Swihart and third baseman Garin Cecchini will remember this day for completely different reasons.

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AP Photo/Jeff RobersonRed Sox starter Allen Webster threw three scoreless innings.
The result: Nil-nil, a score they'd appreciate in Liverpool, not so much here. The Sox, starting a lineup with only one player with a reasonable chance of opening the season in Boston (Jackie Bradley Jr.), left 11 men on base and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The Marlins, with a lineup bearing a strong resemblance to the one they'll roll out on Opening Day, managed two hits, Giancarlo Stanton's single off Allen Webster and Marcell Ozuna's double off Drake Britton.

Marrero magic: The rookie shortstop, who was born in Miami and went to high school at the American Heritage School in nearby Plantation, drew raves for his defense. "My gosh, he put on a display defensively," manager John Farrell said.

Advance screening: Webster had a terrific three-inning outing, one which took him only 30 pitches to complete. He did not walk a batter, struck out one, and induced seven ground-ball outs among the nine outs he recorded.

It helped, he said, to have a video session with the Sox veteran pitchers, who took their cue from pitching coach Juan Nieves and invited the kid to do a little film study.

"They saw me drifting forward, and they pulled me aside and told me to stay back over the rubber and get more angle, get more downhill to the plate," Webster said.

The result?

"I think what it does, it eliminates some of the over-rotating where he'll misfire either to his arm side or yank some balls down and away," Farrell said. "It keeps him a little bit more north and south, kept the sinker on the plate, which was a pitch that he got a number of outs with."

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AP Photo/Jeff RobersonJarrod Saltalamacchia signs autographs for fans before the Marlins hosted the Red Sox in Jupiter.
Salty, without the spice: A day after Jarrod Saltalamacchia parodied Ian Kinsler's outburst against his former team, calling Dustin Pedroia "a sleazeball" and joking that he hoped the Sox would go 0-162, the former Sox catcher said he called all the Sox sleazeballs. But in a more serious vein, Saltalamacchia said he bore no ill will to the team that benched him in the World Series, then cut him loose without making a serious offer last winter.

"I enjoy seeing them," Saltalamacchia said of his former mates. "We had a great year last year, but it's at that point in time to move on. I'm over here now with great pitchers. That was the No. 1 thing when I signed here, I saw the starting pitching staff and thought it would be nice to work with these guys and start our own history here."

Dot, dot, dots: Parcells was a guest of Marlins GM Dan Jennings. ... Swihart, Boston's highly regarded catching prospect, singled in his only at-bat. He also stole a base and threw out a Marlins runner attempting to steal. "Blake can run, man," said Marrero, who played with Swihart in Salem. "He stole a lot of bases [7 in 15 attempts]. He's very athletic, a very talented player. You saw his arm, you saw his bat, you saw his legs. A very special player." ... Cecchini, meanwhile, who has been widely praised for his mature approach at the plate, struck out in all four of his at-bats. ... Back in Fort Myers, John Lackey struck out six of the nine batters he faced in a simulated game. Farrell said both Lester and Lackey should be able to go three innings when they return to exhibition play. ... Shane Victorino had another good day working out. ... David Ross, who had been bothered by an inflamed tendon in his foot, is expected to catch Friday against his former team, the Braves, in JetBlue Park. ... A.J. Pierzynski, held back after rolling his left ankle for the second time Tuesday in Bradenton, worked out Thursday, and if he reports no issues Friday will be back in the catching rotation, Farrell said. ... Infield coach Brian Butterfield stayed back in Fort Myers to put the infield through an intensive workout. ... Left-hander Felix Doubront is scheduled to start against the Braves.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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