FORT MYERS, Fla. — Grady Sizemore continued to make his case as the starting center fielder for the Boston Red Sox as he recorded three hits and made a sparkling defensive play in Boston’s 10-5 spring training victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Monday.
Sizemore crashed into the wall in center to rob Daniel Descalso of a hit in the first inning. He also singled twice and launched a double off JetBlue Park’s Green Monster.
The Red Sox used the long ball to account for six runs as Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run home run in the third inning, Mike Napoli added a three-run blast in the fifth and Ryan Lavarnway finished with a solo shot in the eighth.
Right-hander John Lackey started for the Red Sox and was reached for six hits and five runs in five innings. He walked two and struck out three.
St. Louis starter Shelby Miller also struggled as he was tagged for three hits and three runs in 3 ⅔ innings.
Descalso and Pete Kozma each hit a two-run double to spark the Cardinals. Kolten Wong chipped in with three hits, including a double and RBI.
The Sox take on the Yankees at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. Left-hander Felix Doubront will start for the Red Sox.
MLB NOTES: New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese has been cleared to resume throwing later this week after undergoing an MRI in New York on Monday. Niese has no structural damage in his left elbow, according to CBSSports.com. He received a cortisone injection and will rest for two to three days before he starts throwing. Niese was examined by team doctor David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, a day after departing a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals after two innings and 35 pitches because of elbow discomfort. “He sent (pitching coach) Dan (Warthen) a text this morning. He said they felt there was nothing and he’ll be back on the mound here in a couple of days,” manager Terry Collins said, according to ESPN.com. “It was good to hear. Now we’ll do a sigh of relief and come up with a plan to finish out the last two weeks with him.”