SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- David Ross, trying to make the Cincinnati
Reds as a reserve catcher, hit a solo homer and a run-scoring
single Tuesday night during an error-filled 10-5 victory over the
Boston Red Sox.
A day after catcher Jason LaRue had minor surgery for torn knee
cartilage, Ross made a good impression. Javier Valentin will become
the starting catcher if LaRue is sidelined when the season opens
next week. Ross and Dane Sardinha are vying for a backup role.
There were a lot of Red Sox fans in the capacity crowd of 7,624,
the largest to see the Reds play during their nine years in
Sarasota. Their top four crowds at Ed Smith Stadium have involved
the Red Sox, whose training complex is 83 miles away in Fort Myers.
Boston's Manny Ramirez and Alex Cora hit solo homers off
left-hander Dave Williams, who gave up three runs in five innings.
Right-hander Matt Clement allowed six runs in 5 1-3 innings,
leaving during a five-run sixth inning prolonged by errors.
Boston made three errors during the game, which featured the
Reds scoring runs on a bases-loaded walk, a wild pitch and a balk.
Mostly, the game amounted to a reunion for two players involved
in a high-profile trade. The Red Sox traded right-hander Bronson
Arroyo to the Reds for outfielder Wily Mo Pena a week earlier. They
got to renew friendships during pregame batting practice.
While Red Sox took their turns in the batting cage, Arroyo
mingled with his former teammates in the outfield, exchanging hugs
and funny stories. He's looking forward to his last spring training
start -- Thursday in Fort Myers against the Red Sox.
"Thursday's going to be beautiful," Arroyo said. "For one,
it's my last start before the regular season, so I know I'm going
to be jacked up more for this game than any other game, which will
at least get me in a real-game mode. And, it's going to be fun to
go against your old teammates."
Pena started in right field Tuesday and made a nice play on Adam
Dunn's one-hop drive off the wall, holding him to a single with a
quick, accurate throw. Pena popped out, doubled, walked and struck