"Split-Sqaud" double-header: Doubront leads "A" team 5-0; OF prospects Brentz, Linares homer in "B" team tie, 3-3

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In the equally important Outside the Lines news David Ortiz  says his sore left heel is feeling better.

“His symptoms have decreased,” Farrell said.

Sep 13, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront (61) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

In his first game of the spring Bryce Brentz [24] mashed a homer to left-center field off Luis Ayala.  He will need to stay on a hot streak to have any hope of making the Sox 40-man roster for Opening Day, but is seen as a potential RF in 2014.

The stocky 26 year-old Linares rose through the amateur ranks in Cuba, played three seasons for La Habana in the Cuban League [2007 to 2009] and put up a decent slash line in 2009 .325 BA/.430 OBP/.588 SLG, leading his club to the league title.

After he defected from Cuba in 2010, he was playing in the Dominican Republic, when the Red Sox signed him; he was initially assigned to the Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League, but after four games with the GCL squad, Linares was assigned to Double-A Portland, where he hit .239/.271/.391 in 13 games.

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Tomorrow the Sox face the Rays in Port Charlotte at 1:05 p.m.  Petulant Alfredo Aceves will make his first pitching appearance since returning from his stint with Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. Also scheduled to see time on the mound are right-handers Andrew Bailey and Daniel Bard, as well as lefty Andrew Miller.

 

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