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Lee, Lester strong as Red Sox and Phils tie 2-2


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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia's Cliff Lee struck out six over six innings in his next-to-last tuneup for opening day, helping the Phillies to a 2-2, 10-inning tie against the Boston Red Sox on Friday.

Scheduled to start the March 31 opener at Texas, Lee allowed two runs, three hits and one walk - just his third in 19 2-3 innings during spring training. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner ledf the major leagues last year in fewest walks per nine innings (1.3) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.94).

''Cliff was great,'' Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. ''He had like 30 or 40 straight strikes. He didn't throw a ball until the end of the fifth.''

Tony Gwynn Jr., competing for a spot on the Phillies bench, homered in the eighth against Brayan Villarreal. Jimmy Rollins scored the tying run later in the inning when shortstop Jonathan Herrera allowed Clete Thomas' soft popup to fall for a single.

STARTING TIME

Red Sox: Jon Lester gave up four hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings, struck out five and walked one.

''I felt good,'' he said. ''I felt like I got in a rhythm a little bit earlier today than I did last time. I still don't have too good of a feel for my breaking ball, my changeup, but that'll come. Overthrowing a little bit on those pitches. But all in all, I was happy with the fastball command.''

Phillies: Lee walked Jonny Gomes with two outs in the sixth, then gave up a single to Will Middlebrooks and a two-run double to A.J. Pierzynski that hit off the left-field wall. It was his second straight outing against the Red Sox, following five scoreless innings in Fort Myers on March 15.

''Everything was really good until the last out,'' Lee said. ''I walked Gomes, threw him a couple of pitches that I thought were really close that were called balls. I felt they could've gone either way, then he fouled off two 3-2 pitches. I felt like he got in swing mode, so I threw a changeup low and he took it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Philadelphia right fielder Darin Ruf was diagnosed with a left oblique strain and is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks. Ruf entered camp as a favorite to be the team's top right-handed hitter off the bench after hitting 14 home runs in 73 games during the second half of last season. Ruf was hurt during batting practice on Thursday in Kissimmee.

Phillies reserve infielder Freddy Galvis has been diagnosed with an infection caused by MRSA, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. The 24-year-old was favored to earn a roster spot as a utility infielder. Instead he'll start the season on the disabled list.

''Right now, we're more concerned with his overall health more than anything else,'' general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. ''He's going to be in the hospital for a little bit, I don't know how long. ... Hopefully the infection gets out of his body as quickly as possible.''

Galvis sustained a cut on his left knee during an exhibition game and last played March 16. An abscess was removed from the wound Wednesday, and complications arose when an infection was detected.

Galvis was hospitalized Thursday and treated with oral and intravenous antibiotics.

MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a staph bacteria that can cause infections and is resistant to many antibiotics.

 
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Players of the Game
Boston

J. Lester
IP 5.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
Philadelphia

C. Lee
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 1
K 6
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4000012 .182
   Shannon Wilkerson, CF0000100 .000
Jonny Gomes, LF3100120 .184
   Dan Butler, C1000001 .143
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4110000 .303
   Carlos Rivero, 3B0000000 .000
A.J. Pierzynski, C4012000 .267
   Scott Cousins, LF0000000 .333
Bryce Brentz, RF3000021 .360
   Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
   Brayan Villarreal, P0000000 .000
   Rich Hill, P0000000 .000
   a-Ryan Lavarnway, PH-1B1000000 .323
Mike Carp, 1B4010010 .222
   Jose Mijares, P0000000 .000
Jonathan Herrera, SS4010010 .257
   Derrik Gibson, SS0000000 .500
Mike McCoy, 2B4000012 .091
Jon Lester, P2000010 .000
   Corey Brown, RF1000100 .333
Totals3524239  
a-flied out for Hill in the 9th
Batting
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (4, Lee), Mike Carp (1, Lee)
RBI - A.J. Pierzynski 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pierzynski 2 (4)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - McCoy-Herrera-Carp, McCoy-Herrera-Carp-McCoy-Herrera-Carp
E - Scott Cousins (1, Misplayed grounder), Will Middlebrooks (3, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Lester 5.2400150 0.71
Andrew Miller (H,2) 0.2100100 10.38
Brayan Villarreal (H,1) 1221001 5.40
Rich Hill (BS,1) 0.2200000 0.00
Jose Mijares 2000010 5.14
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 34-30, Andrew Miller 7-3, Brayan Villarreal 7-6, Rich Hill 4-4, Jose Mijares 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 4-7, Andrew Miller 1-1, Brayan Villarreal 2-0, Jose Mijares 1-4
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 21, Andrew Miller 4, Brayan Villarreal 4, Rich Hill 4, Jose Mijares 6
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF4111100 .333
Jimmy Rollins, SS4110012 .152
   Reid Brignac, SS1000000 .375
Chase Utley, 2B4010001 .190
   Jake Diekman, P0000000 .000
   Mike Nesseth, P0000000 .000
   a-Carlos Ruiz, PH1000000 .281
Ryan Howard, 1B3000021 .234
   Kevin Frandsen, 1B1010000 .206
Marlon Byrd, RF2010111 .325
   Clete Thomas, PR-RF1011000 .235
John Mayberry Jr., LF4010003 .263
Ronny Cedeno, 3B4000004 .211
Wil Nieves, C2020000 .211
   b-Bobby Abreu, PH1000001 .273
   Cameron Rupp, C1000010 .318
Cliff Lee, P2000011 .000
   Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
   Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   c-Ben Revere, PH1000000 .341
   Cesar Hernandez, 2B1000000 .200
Totals3729226  
a-grounded out for Nesseth in the 10th
b-grounded into a double play for Nieves in the 7th
c-grounded out for Bastardo in the 8th
Batting
HR - Tony Gwynn Jr. (1, Villarreal)
RBI - Tony Gwynn Jr. (2), Clete Thomas (2)
2-OUT RBI - Clete Thomas (2)
CS - Wil Nieves (1, 2nd base by Lester/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cliff Lee 6322160 2.75
Jonathan Papelbon 1100120 3.00
Antonio Bastardo 1000010 2.08
Jake Diekman 1000000 6.43
Mike Nesseth 1000100 0.00
WP - Cliff Lee (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 38-34, Jonathan Papelbon 12-8, Antonio Bastardo 5-5, Jake Diekman 3-3, Mike Nesseth 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 6-7, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0, Antonio Bastardo 1-1, Jake Diekman 2-1, Mike Nesseth 2-1
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 23, Jonathan Papelbon 5, Antonio Bastardo 3, Jake Diekman 3, Mike Nesseth 4
Game Information
Attendance - 11210
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Ump. Nonindividual, Third Base - Clint Fagan