Boston at St. Louis

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    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Josh Beckett increased his repertoire of pitches for his second spring training start, and the result was similar to his first outing.

    Beckett gave up two hits in three scoreless innings but the Boston Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 9-3 on Thursday. He has allowed three hits and no runs in five innings this spring.

    "I threw everything I wanted to throw," said Beckett, who used mostly changeups and one curveball in his first outing. "It's getting there. It's a work in progress."

    Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia pitched two hitless innings in his first spring start, striking out four.

    Garcia did not allow a ball out of infield and started the game by striking out Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia.

    "He was nasty," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He just had a great tempo. When he's like that and that ball is kind of running, cutting, sinking all over the place it's just no fun. You can just see. They can't pick him up. It's a gift."

    Beckett faced the Cardinals `A' lineup, with the exception of Carlos Beltran, who was out with the flu. He allowed a long double by Matt Holliday and a single to Rafael Furcal.

    "That's a good lineup," Beckett said. "They hit three balls hard. It's nice kind of just gauging yourself even though it's early on."

    Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was pleased with Beckett's day.

    "He wanted to throw a few more curveballs, he did. A few changeups, he did," Valentine said. "He did what he needed to do."

    Matt Adams and Shane Robinson each drove in three runs for the Cardinals.

    The game was delayed 34 minutes in the fourth inning because of rain.

    Adams, the reigning Texas League player of the year, has driven in seven runs in four games.

    "The guy just has been taking good at bats all together," Matheny said. "It's just an approach and everybody around here has noticed."

    Garcia has won 26 games the last two years and said he's approaching the spring as if he's trying to make the team.

    "I'm trying to make progress and just get better every single day," Garcia said. "That's all I think about. I don't think about being established already."

    Jose Iglesias, who is trying to win the shortstop job for Boston, drove in all of the Red Sox runs with a bases clearing triple off Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs.

    Iglesias made an impressive defensive play in the second inning, going to his right to rob David Freese of a hit.

    "That ball was scalded," Beckett said. "He's pretty sick."

    NOTES: Valentine said the Red Sox will be meeting Friday morning to figure out a "nice plan" for Carl Crawford "so that he doesn't overdo it." Crawford is being held out this week because of inflammation in his surgically repaired wrist.

     
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    Boston Red Sox
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jacoby Ellsbury, CF2000010 .143
        Che-Hsuan Lin, CF3010011 .143
    Dustin Pedroia, 2B2000012 .333
        Nate Spears, 2B0000000 .500
        Oscar Tejeda, 2B2000011 .286
    Adrian Gonzalez, 1B2010000 .286
        Josh Kroeger, PR-1B3000002 .222
    Darnell McDonald, LF3010020 .286
        Juan Carlos Linares, LF2110000 .333
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C2000002 .000
        Ryan Lavarnway, C0000100 .500
        Pedro Ciriaco, PR-3B1110000 .600
    Will Middlebrooks, 3B3000033 .333
        Luis Exposito, C1000012 .000
    Alex Hassan, DH1000310 .000
    Jason Repko, RF3110115 .111
    Jose Iglesias, SS4013000 .286
    Totals34373512  
    Batting
    2B - Darnell McDonald (2, Gast)
    3B - Jose Iglesias (1, Boggs)
    RBI - Jose Iglesias 3 (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Jose Iglesias 3 (3)
    SB - Che-Hsuan Lin (1, 2nd base off Romero/Cruz), Juan Carlos Linares (1, 3rd base off Boggs/Cruz), Pedro Ciriaco (2, 2nd base off Boggs/Cruz)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    DP - Iglesias-Kroeger
    E - Josh Kroeger (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Boston Red Sox
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Josh Beckett 3200000 0.00
    Felix Doubront 2322320 9.00
    Jesse Carlson 1111110 4.50
    Chris Carpenter (L,0-1) 1244310 36.00
    Garrett Mock 1221110 9.00
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 7-2, Felix Doubront 2-1, Jesse Carlson 1-1, Chris Carpenter 1-1, Garrett Mock 1-1
    Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 11, Felix Doubront 11, Jesse Carlson 5, Chris Carpenter 8, Garrett Mock 6
    St. Louis Cardinals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Rafael Furcal, SS2010000 .500
        Ryan Jackson, SS1000110 .400
       a- Daniel Descalso, PH-SS1110000 .500
    Jon Jay, CF2000001 .286
       b- Shane Robinson, PH-CF3113003 .143
    Matt Holliday, LF1010000 .333
        Adron Chambers, LF4130011 .364
    Lance Berkman, 1B1000001 .000
        Matt Carpenter, 3B2100201 .250
    David Freese, 3B1000000 .000
        Mark Hamilton, 1B1100200 .286
        Eugenio Velez, PR0100000 .167
       c- Cody Stanley, PH1000000 .000
    Matt Adams, DH-1B3113110 .417
    Yadier Molina, C2000010 .143
        Tony Cruz, C2110001 .500
    Skip Schumaker, RF1000000 .143
       d- Steve Hill, PH10100001.000
        Erik Komatsu, PR-RF1101101 .286
    Tyler Greene, 2B1000100 .286
        Pete Kozma, 2B0000000 .000
       e- Xavier Scruggs, PH1000011 .000
        Kolten Wong, 2B0001000 .000
    Totals32910885  
    a-singled for Jackson in the 8th
    b-hit into fielder's choice for Jay in the 5th
    c-grounded out for Velez in the 8th
    d-singled for Schumaker in the 5th
    e-struck out for Kozma in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Shane Robinson (1, Mock), Matt Holliday (1, Beckett)
    3B - Matt Adams (1, Carlson)
    SF - Kolten Wong (1)
    RBI - Shane Robinson 3 (3), Matt Adams 3 (7), Erik Komatsu (1), Kolten Wong (1)
    SB - Adron Chambers (1, 2nd base off Doubront/Exposito), Erik Komatsu (1, 2nd base off Doubront/Lavarnway)
    Team LOB - 8
    St. Louis Cardinals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jaime Garcia 2000040 0.00
    Chuckie Fick 1100100 0.00
    John Gast 1200110 0.00
    Eduardo Sanchez 2000240 0.00
    J.C. Romero (H,1) 1100010 0.00
    Mitchell Boggs (BS,1; W,1-0) 1333120 27.00
    Fernando Salas 1000000 0.00
    HBP - Spears (by Eduardo Sanchez)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 2-0, Chuckie Fick 3-0, J.C. Romero 1-1, Fernando Salas 2-1
    Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 6, Chuckie Fick 5, John Gast 6, Eduardo Sanchez 9, J.C. Romero 4, Mitchell Boggs 7, Fernando Salas 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 7892
    Game Time - 3:40
    Temperature - 72
    Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - UMP Nonindividual, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Angel Hernandez