Saturday, March 8, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to be a headline story for the Boston Red Sox this spring training.
Bradley, the left-handed outfield prospect, who played in Portland last year, started for Boston Sunday against the Phillies and lefty Cliff Lee.
“He’s hit some good left-handers,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Sunday’s game. “Today’s another opportunity to do just that.”
Bradley worked a 2-1 count in the second inning and the clocked a Lee fastball over the left field wall for a wind-aided three-run homer.
Bradley later hit a sacrifice fly and then struck out against Lee. He faced left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst and struck out again. Bradley is now bating .423.
Farrell also said he wanted to see Bradley play left field. That could be where Bradley is opening day - with regular left fielder Jonny Gomes serving as the designated hitter, in place of the injured David Ortiz.
The Red Sox won the game 7-6.
Mike Napoli and Jose Iglesias both had three hits for Boston.
Brandon Workman started and pitched three innings for Boston. Workman, who will be in the Portland Sea Dogs rotation next month, allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out one.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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