The Boston Red Sox had their first intrasquad game on Thursday and it was pretty noteworthy.
First off, it was very weird watching the Red Sox play the Red Sox with no crowd noise at all. Manager Ron Roenicke said after the scrimmage that they will be putting in crowd noise, as the Korean Baseball League has done.
Nathan Eovaldi, the projected Opening Day starter after Eduardo Rodriguez tested positive for COVID-19, looked like an ace. He threw just four innings but he only allowed one hit and didn’t give up a run. He was able to strikeout Xander Bogaerts looking and at one point got Alex Verdugo to ground into a double play.
Even though Eovaldi looked sharp, the projected closer going into the season struggled. Brandon Workman just didn’t seem like he was himself on the mound and he ended up surrendering a three-run home run that went around the Pesky’s Pole to John Andreoli.
Martin Perez, the projected third starter if Rodriguez is available, will start in Friday’s intrasquad game taking place at Fenway Park starting at 12 PM ET.
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