- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - John Lackey gave up three runs over 2 2-3 innings in his first spring training start for the Boston Red Sox, a 5-4 split-squad loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.

Coming off a World Series title, Boston wanted to bring Lackey along slowly along with Jon Lester, who made his first appearance Monday.

Lackey missed the 2012 season while recuperating from elbow ligament-replacement surgery and pitched 215 1-3 innings during the regular season and postseason last year. He allowed four hits against the Marlins, struck out two and walked none.

“It felt all right,” he said. “It was a good place to start. I pretty much threw all fastballs the first two innings, tried to work on a few other things that third inning, got a little tired, probably be a little sore tomorrow. It’s just a little step up in intensity, but good place to start.”

David Ortiz went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, dropping to .105 (2 for 19) with a home run and eight strikeouts. Dustin Pedroia also is 2 for 19 after an 0-for-3 day.

Left-hander Brian Flynn, a contender for a Marlins’ rotation spot, allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and Arquimedes Caminero struck out two in two shutout innings.


Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo acted as manager; John Farrell was in Sarasota with the other split squad that played the Baltimore Orioles. Lovullo was satisfied with Lackey’s outing.

“He made some pitches in his final inning that ran his pitch count up,” Lovullo said. “But overall, for the first time he stepped on the mound, his fastball was downhill. He was locating it. I think the idea for him was to get his legs under him and make those types of pitches.”

Marlins manager Mike Redmond was happy with Flynn’s performance.

“Definitely his best outing of the spring,” Redmond said. “His tempo was good. He had some nice downward tilt to his fastball and got some relatively easy outs. That’s the best I’ve seen him, probably including last year during the season. He had command of his off-speed pitches and pounded the strike zone, which is nice to see.”



Infielder Jeff Baker left Monday’s game in the second inning with a strained left quadriceps and is day to day.

Infielder Rafael Furcal strained his left hamstring in Monday’s game and is day to day.

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