at Fort Myers, Fla.
Thursday, March 25
Marlins at the plate: Dan Uggla belted a two-run homer in the sixth, putting Florida on the board. Mike Lamb, trying to make the team as a left-handed bat off the bench, had two doubles and an RBI.
Red Sox at the plate: Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run. Marco Scutaro, batting in the No. 2 spot, had a triple and two RBIs. Victor Martinez produced an RBI double and Kevin Youkilis went 2-for-4. Adrian Beltre also had a good day, smashing two hits, scoring a run and driving in one. Jeremy Hermida went 2-for-2 to raise his Grapefruit League average to .432.
Grapefruit League records: Red Sox 11-12; Marlins 11-11.
Up next: Marlins Opening Day starter Josh Johnson will face the Mets on Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium. This will be Johnson's final Grapefruit League start. The way his rotation spots have shaped up, Johnson has been lined up to face the Mets on March 31, and in the April 5 opener. On March 31, Johnson is expected to pitch in a Minor League game.
Lefty Jon Lester will take the ball for Boston in Friday's home game against the Blue Jays, who will have a split-squad at City of Palms Park. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia will return to the lineup after spraining his left wrist in Tuesday's game against the Twins.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.