CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia homered in the first then declared himself ready for opening day, Jon Lester struck out 10 in seven innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 Monday.
The home run off Joe Blanton was Pedroia’s second of the spring. With opening day just over a week away, the 2008 American League MVP said his bat is ready.
The 31-year-old Blanton, who missed the majority of the 2011 season with an elbow injury, allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings.
Lester gave up two hits and didn’t allow a walk.