Sunny, 83 degrees
Red Sox 5, Cardinals 3
Allen Craig got his first at-bats, and first hit, in spring training since 2011, having missed all of last spring while recovering from knee surgery. He drove in a run with his sixth-inning pinch-hit single, replacing Rafael Furcal as the DH. Craig likely is still a few days away from playing in the field because of an achy shoulder, but has had no problems swinging the bat. “It feels good to get out there,” Craig said. “It’s a long spring and when something is barking we’re going to take it slow.”
Sam Freeman struggled in his one inning of relief, giving up two hits, hitting a batter and walking in a run with the bases loaded … The Cardinals were just 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position, and are now a combined 2-for-12 in those situations after two games.
On the field:
Daniel Descalso hit his first home run of the spring, coming off former Pittsburgh closer Joel Hanrahan … Matt Carpenter went behind second to start a double play and handled several other chances flawlessly at second, also collecting two hits, including a double … Oscar Taveras got his first hit of the spring, a ground-rule double … Furcal is able to swing the bat right-handed and got two at-bats against left-handed pitching, popping out and growing out… Edward Mujica and Fernando Salas each pitched a perfect inning in relief … For the second game in a row the Cardinals had a runner picked off base. Carpenter was the victim Sunday, following Jon Jay getting caught off second on Saturday.
Off the field:
Matt Adams was not available after playing all nine innings on Saturday, and then reporting that his left knee was swollen overnight.
Adam Wainwright will make his first start of the spring on Monday when the Houston Astros come to Jupiter. Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte also are scheduled to pitch for the first time, as are prospects Seth Maness and Kevin Siegrist.