Wednesday March 03, 2010 | 11:44 PM

Well, we know the Boston Red Sox would be among the favorites in both the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Colonial Conference.

The Red Sox again gave the kids from Northeastern and Boston College a thrill by playing a spring training doubleheader with the two schools. While these games are usually routs, and the Red Sox won 15-0 over the Huskies and 7-1 against the Eagles, they are not guarantees. In my St. Petersburg Times days, I covered an Eckerd College win over the White Sox.

But in Fort Myers on Wednesday, Boston cruised. And some Sea Dogs - past, present and future - played a role.

The hype over Casey Kelly will continue to grow as he needed only 10 pitches to retire the side (two strikeouts) in the first inning against the Huskies. Adam Mills, Felix Doubront and Dustin Richardson also had smooth innings. Mills and Doubront both had two strikeouts.

At the plate in the Northeastern game, catcher Luis Exposito (at left in a file photo) subbed for Victor Martinez and enjoyed a 2-for-3 day with a double and four RBI. This could be Exposito's year to break out. And he will begin the season at Hadlock Field.

Infielder Ryan Khoury and future Portland outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin both had two hits. Outfielder Bubba Bell was 0-for-0 with 3 runs (pinch-runner and then walked twice).

In the Boston College game, shortstop Jose Iglesias swatted a 3-run double. Iglesias is getting as much attention as Kelly these days. Both could be here next month.

Michael Bowden and Junichi Tazawa both pitched perfect relief innings. Future Sea Dogs starter Kyle Weiland gave up a hit and a walk, but also struck out two.

In other Sox news, Boston has lost right-handed reliever Gaby Hernandez to Kansas City on waivers. The Red Sox are betting that right-hander Casey Fien is better. Boston had picked up Hernandez on waivers from Seattle. The Sox recently took Hernandez off the 40-man roster to make room for Fien, taken on waivers from Detroit.

The Red Sox likely hoped to re-sign Hernandez to a minor league contract, but the Royals got him. Both Hernandez and Fien were in Triple-A last season, with Hernandez going 10-9 with a 5.23 ERA, and Fien relieving for a 2-1 record, 14 saves and a 3.41 ERA.

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