DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- When Gabe Gross gets a hit lately, it's
usually a home run.
Gross, who will probably start the season at Triple-A Syracuse,
"Sometimes your Triple-A players, they are good players, they
are maybe just not ready for one reason or another for the big
leagues," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "It doesn't mean
they can't hit. He's a good hitter, he has a nice swing on the
Boston starter Anastasio Martinez allowed three runs and five
hits in two innings, giving up a two-run homer to Gross.
Toronto's Roy Halladay, the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner,
allowed three runs, six hits and three walks in 2 2-3 innings. He
gave up Jeff Bailey's second homer of the spring.
"He was just overpowering the ball," Toronto pitching coach
Brad Arnsberg said. "His arm is so strong ... his pitches are
pretty straight right now."
Justin Speier relieved Halladay with the bases loaded in the
bottom of the third and struck out Dave Berg to end the inning. On
Thursday, manager John Gibbons said Miguel Batista will take over
as closer from Speier, who struck out three in 1 1-3 innings.
"I was looking forward to being the closer," Speier said,
"but I believe that Gibby knows what is good for the team. It has
nothing to do with what I want, I am a team player and the team
Batista knows what is expected of him.
"I guess there are looking for someone, like the guy who buries
people, a gravedigger like the guy in L.A.," Batista said,
referring to Eric Gagne.
Winner Scott Schoeneweis pitched one scoreless inning. Loser
Jeremi Gonzalez gave up consecutive homers to McDonald and Griffin
leading off the seventh.
Red Sox LHP David Wells is to make his first start of the
spring on Saturday against the Devil Rays in Fort Myers. "I don't
know how long he will go," Francona said. "It depends on how many
pitches he throws."