JUPITER, Fla. -- The Red Sox made the trip to Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday to face the Cardinals in a Grapefruit League contest. The stakes were a bit lower than the last time the clubs met, when Boston finished off the World Series on Oct. 30 at Fenway Park.
In the interim, both teams have made significant additions and subtractions, with reliever Edward Mujica moving from the Cardinals to the Sox.
Before Wednesday's game, Boston manager John Farrell acknowledged the significance of the day's opponent but also insisted that his club's focus is directed inward.
"There's a rich history between these two organizations, and a recent one, obviously," Farrell said. "They've got a great franchise, a great team, and yet we have some things we have to focus on with our own guys.
"That's where our attention has been from Day 1 of Spring Training, the things we need to set mentally, physically and fundamentally with a team and individuals inside that. I think everyone in the baseball world is going to look at this and say this is the first time they've played since the last game of last year, but in our dugout and in our minds, we've got a lot of work to do before we break camp."