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It’s only Spring Training they say. Sure, there’s an element of truth to that adage. Actually, scratch that, it’s entirely true. Spring Training is entirely meaningless, but it’s baseball. Any organized professional baseball means something, in a sense.
Anyway, the Red Sox and Yankees played their first organized game of the 2019 season. No, it does not mean anything. However, Boston carried over its Grapefruit League dominance of last year and beat New York by a score of 8-5.
Josh Smith, a relatively prominent non-roster invitee (as far as non-roster invitees go), started the game for the Sox. He opposed fellow non-roster invitee Nestor Cortes, who took the hill to open the game for New York.
Smith did not showcase his strong stuff, allowing six hits and three earned runs in 1 and 2/3 innings. Other notable pitchers who participated in this game for the Red Sox include Travis Lankins and Marcus Walden; both of whom are on the 40-man roster. They each pitched two innings of zero earned run ball.
Rafael Devers, Bryce Brentz, Michael Chavis and Tzu-Wei Lin each accumulated two hits in the game. Chavis was the headliner, though, as he powered a three-run homer in the bottom third. This pushed the Sox out to a 6-3 lead. The defending World Series champs never looked back and copped their first victory.
The game was played at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. Boston will take on the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. eastern in what should be a fierce Fort Myers duel. It will be held at beautiful JetBlue.