Red Sox score late, edge Northeastern, Grady Sizemore (2 flyouts)

Mike Petraglia
February 27, 2014 - 10:01 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Grady Sizemore flew out in his first two spring training at-bats while Brandon Workman threw a pair of scoreless innings to start the game as the Red Sox scored four in the bottom of the sixth to come from behind and beat Northeastern, 5-2, Thursday afternoon in the spring training opener at JetBlue Park. "Everything felt good," said Sizemore, who has battled back and knee injuries that had kept him out of baseball since 2011. "I didn't feel like I was forcing anything, the body felt fine and I was happy with that." Sizemore was asked about making a push to make the team in camp. "I'm not worried about that," he said. "For me, it's more of a physical thing, and just kind of getting back into baseball shape and getting conditioned. I think if I'm healthy and I continue to work hard, I'll be in a good spot from a baseball skill standpoint. "I've enjoyed everything, not just the games, everything. Just being here, getting the work. I appreciate all of it. I can't wait to get back to the ball park. I'm enjoying everything. "It's a tough stretch to go through, especially when you've battle through this. You try to move forward and not dwell on the injuries and not look back. I'll test it and see how it feels. I guess you'd expect to be a little bit more sore than normal and not to get too frustrated with that. If I come in feeling fine [Friday], then we know that I can continue to push it more, build up my innings and go from there." The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Jonathan Herrera walked to open the inning, stole second and third before scoring on a Jayson Hernandez groundout. Northeastern responded off Noe Ramirez in the sixth. Ramirez was replacing 37-year-old submariner Shunsuke Watanabe, after Watanabe pitched a scoreless fifth. Northeastern's James Hand doubled to left, scoring Shane Allen and Nick Fanneron and putting the Huskies on top, 2-1. But the lead was short-lived as Shannon Wilkerson hit a ball to short with runners on second and third. The ball was misplayed by Keith Kelly allowing one run to score. The ball careened to center and was mishandled by center fielder Nick Fanneron allowing the go-ahead run to score. Two errors on the same play allowed the Red Sox to take the lead for good, 3-2. They would add two more on an RBI triple by Scott Cousins and an RBI groundout by Herrera. Ramirez, despite giving up the two runs, earned the win. Other notables:

  • Grady Sizemore flew out to center and left in his two at-bats in the first and third innings, respectively. He started in left field and batted leadoff.
  • Northeastern lefty James Mulry struck out Dustin Pedroia (looking) and David Ortiz (swinging) back to back in the third inning. "The kid can go out and celebrate tonight, I guess," Ortiz said. "I guess he was watching what they tried on me in the World Series."
  • Ryan Lavarnway doubled and singled and went 2-for-2 in his spring debut.