Blake Swihart went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI as the Red Sox scored nine runs in the top of the ninth to beat a Rays split-squad 11-8 on Tuesday.
Sure, it was against a few pitchers who figure to play no role for the Rays this year, but it's not every day a team scores nine in the ninth to win. Swihart's triple was Boston's only extra-base hit of the game. He's hit .333 with a homer in 30 at-bats this spring. The Red Sox are making the right move in sending him down -- he had just a .659 OPS after moving up to Triple-A last year -- but it wouldn't be much of surprise to see him starting for the club come June or July.
Rusney Castillo had three hits in six at-bats against the Rays on Tuesday.
It's undeniable that Castillo has been more impressive than Shane Victorino this spring. The Red Sox also have no real financial incentive to send Castillo down to Triple-A. Still, it's practically certain that they'll go that route unless Victorino or Allen Craig is traded before the week is out.
Roberto Osuna has made the Blue Jays' Opening Day bullpen.
Osuna will become the youngest pitcher in Jays history when he debuts. The 20-year-old right-hander has allowed just one run and struck out nine batters in 10 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League. He will pitch in middle relief at first but could eventually move into more of a setup role.
Rays prospect Daniel Robertson hit three-run and two-run homers Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Quite a game for a kid who only started because Alexi Casilla, originally expected to play shortstop, was released just before the game. The 21-year-old Robertson was the top prospect the Rays picked up from the A's in the Ben Zobrist deal. He'll spend this year in Double-A, and he could challenge for a starting job in 2016.
Major League Baseball has suspended Jose Mijares for 50 games for a drug of abuse.
Mijares was released by the Reds on March 23 and now may struggle to find another opportunity with an MLB-affiliated club. The 30-year-old left-hander had a 5.06 ERA in 5 1/3 innings this spring in the Cactus League.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer and walked in the Blue Jays' 10-6 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday.
It's the first spring homer for EE, who entered the day just 1-for-15 after missing a couple of weeks with back soreness. In part because of the back, it looks like he'll DH a lot more than he plays first base, at least in the early going. Justin Smoak and Danny Valencia figure to share first-base duties, with Smoak playing versus righties.
Aaron Sanchez gave up five runs and walked six in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in a non-decision versus the Phillies.
It's the first time Sanchez's old control woes have surfaced this spring. He walked 57 batters in 101 1/3 innings in the minors last year, but after joining the Blue Jays pen, he walked just nine in 33 innings, partly because he was able to simplify his arsenal. This spring, he had walked four in 18 1/3 innings, which boded well for his chances of being a decent starting pitcher. We're still a bit skeptical that'll happen, but he's talented enough to prove us wrong.
Shawn Tolleson (forearm) threw a perfect inning in a Triple-A game on Tuesday afternoon.
Tolleson needed only seven pitches to get through the frame. He's been slowed in Rangers camp by some forearm tightness, but an MRI taken last week showed no structural damage. The 27-year-old is expected to begin the season the disabled list, but he should be activated by the middle of April.