Ortiz and Sandoval homer, Red Sox top Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval homered in the third inning off Pirates right-hander Ryan Beckman to erase a deficit and lift the Boston Red Sox over Pittsburgh 5-1 Thursday. Pirates starter A.J. Burnett pitched 2 1-3 hitless innings but left two runners on base who scored on Ortiz’s three-run drive. Burnett[…]

A-Rod hits 1st homer in Yankees’ 10-6 loss to Red Sox

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run since returning to the Yankees following a drug suspension and Chris Capuano was forced out in the first inning by a quadriceps injury in New York’s 10-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Rodriguez hit a long drive to left-center on a[…]

Masterson pitches 3 perfect innings, Red Sox beat Rays

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox starter Justin Masterson kept up his strong spring by pitching three perfect innings Tuesday in a 5-1 win over the split-squad Tampa Bay Rays. Masterson struck out four as the Red Sox stretched their Grapefruit League winning streak to five. In five spring innings, Masterson has yet[…]

Wacha goes 2 perfect innings, Cardinals lose to Red Sox 3-0

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Michael Wacha struck out four of the six batters he faced in his spring debut Monday in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Wacha threw 27 pitches in two perfect innings. A postseason sensation in 2013, Wacha missed most of last year because of an injured[…]