The Red Sox opened the 2009 Spring Training schedule with a 7-1 win over Boston College in their annual opener against the college team. Josh Beckett pitched two solid innings and the Red Sox were actually behind 1-0 in the fifth before scoring seven runs for their first win in this calendar year.
The night game was a 5-2 loss to their crosstown spring rivals, the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium. The game was broadcast on NESN and simulcast on the MLB Network. Jerry remy was missing from the booth due to an infection and was replaced by a number of different voices, including old friend Brian Daubach.
Tim Wakefield got hit hard in two innings, allowing three runs. Jeff Bailey drove in the first run with a single, and Dustin Pedroia has two hits before the guys with the football numbers took over. And nobody got hurt, which was the best news of all.