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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-3 on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Boston propels to 12-15 this spring.
Everyone is well aware Chris Sale signed a massive contract extension on Friday. In his first “start” with a lot more money on the horizon, Sale delivered an exceptional performance. He fired five scoreless innings with six strikeouts and one walk. It represents the southpaw’s final Spring Training start.
While Sale stole the show and a well-deserved standing ovation, Boston’s bats also earned praise in this contest. The team totaled 15 hits and seven of them were of the extra-base variety.
Notably, Blake Swihart relieved Xander Bogaerts in the middle of the game and picked up two hits. These twin knocks raised his spring OPS to .950. This will undoubtedly help his case, as he is in competition with Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez in the last active roster battle.
The Boston Red Sox are getting ready to wrap up its spring fling. They have two games left against the Chicago Cubs before Opening Day. Boston will take on Chicago at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. You heard that right. Since the Red Sox are on the West coast to start the season, they will finish their spring games on the West coast.
The game will take place at 9:05 p.m. eastern time. Rick Porcello is tabbed to make the start, which will be his final one of the tease that is Spring Training.