Spring training baseball

Red Sox 9, Rays 2

Long after they nearly came to blows, Sean Rodriguez still didn't like what Alfredo Aceves had to say.

The Red Sox right-hander hit the Rays' second baseman in the shoulder with a pitch in the fifth inning of Boston's win over Tampa Bay on Saturday at Port Charlotte, Fla. Benches briefly cleared and Rodriguez had to be held back as the pair engaged in a shouting match.

"I said it was a split-finger, my bad," Aceves said. "I was not trying to hit him obviously. It was a 3-2 game, and you don't want anybody on base. I understand he was probably upset or frustrated because he got hit, and in the last at bat he got a homer."

Rodriguez hit a two-run shot in the third inning before coming up with one out and none on in the fifth. He wasn't buying Aceves' explanation.

"He says it got away from him. I don't know if I'd agree or disagree, but I was just kind of upset when he was still jawing when I got to first base," said Rodriguez, who had two of the Rays' eight hits. "He was very apologetic until I got to first. Then it was a little different.

"It's just another good reason for ... when we play Boston. I guess it just keeps things a little fired between us, which is cool," Rodriguez added.

Aceves gave up six hits and two runs in 4 1-3 innings.

Lyle Overbay, Ronald Bermudez, Blake Swihart and Mauro Gomez drove in two runs each for the Red Sox, who had 15 hits.

Phillies 7, Yankees (ss) 0

Brennan Boesch made his Yankees' debut, starting in right field and going 0 for 3 as a New York split squad lost to Philadelphia at Tampa, Fla.

New York agreed to a one-year contract with Boesch on Friday. The Yankees will be without outfielder Curtis Granderson until at least May due to a broken right forearm.

Domonic Brown hit his fourth spring training homer, a three-drive in a four-run fourth against Hiroki Kuroda, who allowed four runs - two earned - and six hits in six innings.

Philadelphia opening-day starter Cole Hamels didn't make the trip and instead pitched in a minor league intrasquad game, where he gave up four earned runs and six hits over five innings during an 84-pitch outing.

Marlins 4, Mets 2

Placido Polanco was 2 for 3 with a double in his return from an oblique strain that had sidelined him since March 1, and Miami beat New York at Port St. Lucie, Fla., as Justin Turner became the latest New York player to get hurt.

Turner, the leading candidate to replace injured third baseman David Wright, sprained his right ankle in the fourth inning.

Chris Coghlan was 2 for 4, including a RBI triple in the fourth off Shaun Marcum. Marlins prospect Christian Yelich added an opposite-field home run to left in the eighth against Jeurys Familia.

Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez, in his return from the Venezuelan team at the World Baseball Classic, gave up one run and three hits in 3 2-3 innings. Kevin Slowey, who is competing for a rotation spot, gave up one run and two hits in 4 1-3 innings with four strikeouts and a walk. Marcum allowed two runs and five hits in four innings.

Braves 4, Yankees (ss) 0

Paul Maholm pitched two-hit ball for six innings and Juan Francisco homered to lead Atlanta to a victory over a New York split-squad at Kissimmee, Fla.

Maholm, who struck out four and walked one, has not allowed a run over 14 2-3 innings in his past three spring starts.

Francisco's two-run drive in the fifth inning off David Phelps was his fourth homer of the spring, and the third baseman also had a single.

Phelps, who is competing for a spot in the Yankees rotation, had a 0.64 ERA in his previous four starts, but he allowed seven hits and four runs in five innings. He struck out six and walked one.

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