Tuesday March 08, 2011 | 07:52 AM

When the Red Sox obtained Mike Lowell from the Marlins after his down year in 2005, there were questions whether Lowell was in decline. Then he was not overly impressive in spring training in 2006. When I was in Fort Myers, I asked Lowell about it. He smiled, which was Lowell's polite way of saying "dumb question."

"If I go 4-for-4 today, then I'm red-hot," Lowell quipped.

In other words, you can't read into spring training numbers.

With that said, let's look at the numbers (but not too seriously).

Former Sea Dogs first baseman Lars Anderson is getting a good look this spring while Adrian Gonzalez comes back from shoulder surgery. Anderson has played eight games, getting 16 at-bats so far. He has only two hits (one of them a home run) and is batting .125. To apply the Mike Lowell theory, if Anderson gets four hits in his next four at-bats, he'll be batting .300.

Outfielder Juan Carlos Linares (5-for-15) and shortstop Jose Iglesias (6-15) are looking strong, at the plate and in the field. They could be playing their way out of a return to Portland.

Second baseman Oscar Tejeda is coming to Portland, having never played above Class A before. But Tejeda is enjoying his first major league spring training (8-for-16).

On the mound, two pitchers scheduled to return to Portland, Kyle Weiland (pictured) and Alex Wilson, have not shined in their brief appearances this spring with the Red Sox. Weiland has allowed five hits three runs in four innings; Wilson four runs and four hits in two innings.

But, hey, it's only spring.



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