March 24, 2013

Red Sox Notebook: Bradley rises to challenge

Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a three-run homer and finishes with four RBIs.

By Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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Will Middlebrooks and Jonny Gomes greet Jackie Bradley after he hit a second-inning, three-run homer off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee in a spring training baseball game in Clearwater, Fla., on Sunday. Phillies catcher Humberto Quintero is at right.

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Drew Sutton, Jackie Bradley Jr.
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Jackie Bradley Jr. is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning of Boston’s exhibition game Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Clearwater, Fla. Bradley finished with four RBI, and the Red Sox won, 7-6.

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Catcher Ryan Lavarnway threw out Revere trying to steal. Workman retired the next six batters, striking out Chase Utley.

In the third, Workman allowed two ground-ball singles up the middle and a two-run single by Utley. He ended the outing by getting Howard to pop up.

Farrell said Workman would have pitched longer but, with rain threatening, he wanted to make sure relievers Andrew Bailey and Daniel Bard got into the game.

"He ran into a little bit of a stretch where he had a hard time getting the ball down," Farrell said. "Overall, a heavy fastball, good breaking ball. More importantly, you look at the body language and how they handle this environment, and it was good."

Workman was still excited after the game.

"I've watched (the Phillies) play in the World Series and all," he said. "Really cool to pitch and see how my stuff played against that quality of lineup."

MIKE NAPOLI and Jose Iglesias each had three hits. Bailey allowed no hits and no walks in his inning of work. Bard gave up two singles (one on a bunt) and struck out three. Utley and Howard homered off Class A pitcher Noe Ramirez in the eighth. Boston scored the winning run in the ninth on singles by Xander Bogaerts, Bryce Brentz and Shannon Wilkerson.

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