FORT MYERS, Florida — Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello turned in a solid outing against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday at JetBlue Park before the spring training game was canceled due to unplayable field conditions following a 55-minute rain delay.
Porcello, who Boston acquired in the off-season when it traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers, gave up six hits and two runs in five innings, with both runs coming the fifth. He walked one and struck out five.
Porcello compiled a 15-13 record with a 3.43 ERA and 129 strikeouts last season with the Tigers.
St. Louis starter Lance Lynn held the Red Sox to one hit while not walking a batter and striking out three. The right-handed Lynn returns after a 15-10 record and 2.74 ERA last season with the Cardinals
Boston’s only hit was a Pablo Sandoval double.
The Red Sox will send left-hander Brian Johnson to the mound in Tuesday’s 1:05 p.m. contest against the Marlins in Jupiter, Florida. RHP Matt Barnes and LHP Henry Owens are also expected to work some innings for the Red Sox.
MLB NOTES: Answering one of the team’s key spring questions, manager John Gibbons announced March 22 that left-hander Brett Cecil would be the Toronto Blue Jays’ closer this season. Cecil won a competition that included right-handed prospects Aaron Sanchez and Miguel Castro. Sanchez was removed from the bullpen equation when he was needed in the rotation after Marcus Stroman sustained a season-ending knee injury. “He closed out four or five last year; he was really good in the eighth inning,” Gibbons said of Cecil, according to the Toronto Sun. “He strikes guys out. He really has one of the better curveballs in the game. You never know for sure if a guy can (succeed as a closer), it but he deserves the opportunity. We think he can.” The Blue Jays’ closer last year was Casey Janssen, who left to sign a free agent deal with the Washington Nationals.