at Bradenton, Fla.
Wednesday, March 24
Red Sox at the plate: Catcher Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in his first at-bat. The homer was the first for Martinez this spring. Bill Hall and Mike Cameron each connected for solo homers. Hall drove in two runs to give him five RBIs this spring. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly.Pirates at the plate: Batting from the leadoff spot, Aki Iwamura finished with his first multihit game of the spring. The second baseman had a double and scored the Pirates' first run. Jason Jaramillo and Ronny Cedeno both went 1-for-3. Brandon Moss had a single in his only at-bat to give him his second hit of the spring. Jeremy Farrell, son of Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, blasted a solo homer in the ninth inning. Delwyn Young connected for a two-run homer in the ninth to give him six so far this spring. The Pirates' spring record is eight.
Red Sox on the mound: Josh Beckett made his longest appearance of the spring with a five-inning start. Beckett struck out nine Pirates and limited the hosts to one run on three hits and two walks. Reliever Joe Nelson, who is fighting for a spot in Boston's bullpen, pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two of the three hitters he faced. Reliever Brian Shouse allowed one hit in his scoreless inning of work.Pirates on the mound: In his third consecutive start against the Red Sox, Paul Maholm allowed five runs on five hits in five innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out seven. Maholm gave up three homers, which accounted for four of the five runs. Pitching on back-to-back days for the first time this spring, D.J. Carrasco allowed one run on two hits in an inning of relief. Javier Lopez pitched a scoreless seventh and has still not allowed a run this spring. Worth noting: Alan Embree, who the Red Sox signed to a Minor League contract Saturday, made his spring debut on Wednesday in a Minor League game against the Orioles. He struck out one in a scoreless inning of work and threw 11 of his 12 pitches for strikes. ... Prior to Wednesday's game, the Pirates presented championship rings to members of the 2009 high Class A Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats. The Hillcats are the defending Carolina League champions. ... Wednesday's game had an announced attendance of 6,053, which was the fifth sellout at McKechnie Field this spring. That attendance total was the eighth highest in the ballpark's history.
Grapefruit League records: Red Sox 10-12; Pirates 5-13-1
Up next: Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his much-anticipated Grapefruit League debut on Thursday, when the Red Sox host the Marlins at 1:05 p.m. ET. Matsuzaka, who pitched in an intrasquad Minor League game on Sunday, was slowed early in spring because of an upper back injury. He will follow starter Tim Wakefield, who will be making his fifth appearance (fourth start) this spring.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.