FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Hanley Ramirez showed the kind of power the Boston Red Sox are hoping for.
Ramirez hit a loud 400-foot RBI double in the fifth inning of Friday’s 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins, which marked Justin Masterson’s first appearance for the Red Sox in six years.
Signed to an $88 million, four-year contract, Ramirez made his spring training debut in left field for the Red Sox, Ramirez hit a two-out double in the fifth off Andre Rienzo that scored Brock Holt from first. The drive rattled the triangle near the 420-foot sign in JetBlue Park, which is a replica of Fenway Park.
Before a sellout crowd of 9,830, Masterson pitched two innings and allowed one unearned run, one hit and one walk. Miami scored when Jordany Valdespin reached leading off on a throwing error by shortstop Brock Holt, stole second, advanced on a flyout and scored on Michael Morse’s groundout. Masterson also allowed a single to Marcell Ozuna.
Boston selected Masterson in the second round of the 2006 amateur draft and he was 9-8 in 15 starts and 52 relief appearances for the Red Sox before he was traded to Cleveland in 2009. He became a free agent after last season and signed a $9.5 million, one-year contract with Boston.
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