Devil Rays 4

(14-13, 6-7 away)

Red Sox 6

(14-13, 9-7 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 30, 2005

    City of Palms Park, Fort Myers, Florida 

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    Boston 6, Tampa Bay 4

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Clement's final outing of spring training was his best -- and he showed the Red Sox they might not miss Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe.

    Clement allowed one run on two hits in five innings and Jason Varitek and Kevin Youkilis homered in Boston's 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

    The Red Sox lost Martinez and Lowe to free agency and added Clement, David Wells and Wade Miller. Wells, scheduled to pitch the season opener Sunday at the New York Yankees, had a 7.94 ERA in 17 innings. Miller is expected to start the season on the disabled list and to return in May.

    Clement, who played last season for the Chicago Cubs, had an 0-2 record and 5.54 ERA in his other four spring starts. But he felt he built up his arm strength and improved his pitches and is ready for the second game against the Yankees.

    "Spring went well. I think I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish and now it doesn't mean squat if you can't do it when the season starts," he said. "I don't see any reason why I can't pitch the same way I've pitched here."

    He doesn't feel an extra burden by trying to replace Martinez or Lowe.

    "I put high expectations and high goals on myself," said Clement, who struck out five and walked none. "So I feel like I don't need to put any extra pressure on. I know the expectations are there."

    Nor is he intimidated by making his Red Sox debut in Yankee Stadium, a place he's never been.

    "I'm excited just to go there," he said. "I'm really looking forward to getting to pitch there and getting to be a part of this rivalry."

    After Clement left the game, Tampa Bay tied it 2-2 on Josh Phelps' fourth homer of the spring, off Matt Mantei.

    Boston then scored four runs in the sixth off former Red Sox pitcher Casey Fossum on Kevin Millar's RBI single and Youkilis' three-run homer, his second of the exhibition season.

    Youkilis will start the season as a backup to third baseman Bill Mueller. He also has played first base this spring.

    "It's our responsibility to find him enough at-bats without getting somebody hurt where he can be productive here and not go backwards," Boston manager Terry Francona said.

    Tampa Bay starter Dewon Brazelton pitched three shutout innings and left with a 1-0 lead on Chris Singleton's sacrifice fly in the second. Then Fossum allowed two runs in the fourth on Varitek's two-run homer.

    It was Tampa Bay's sixth loss in seven games as it tries to improve from a 70-91 record last year, its second under manager Lou Piniella .

    "I would have hoped we'd be a little further along in the process than we are but it's improved," he said.< ^Notes:@Tampa Bay's last two runs came home on Travis Lee's double in the eighth. ... About half the Red Sox left after the game for Arizona where they will play exhibition games Thursday and Friday against the Diamondbacks. Another group stayed behind to wrap up the Grapefruit League season Thursday at Minnesota, which also plays in Fort Myers. ... Curt Schilling and Miller will face each other Saturday morning in an intrasquad minor league game. ... The Red Sox met with union head Don Fehr for more than two hours Wednesday morning. It was the last of his visits to spring training camps.

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