ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Center fielder Coco Crisp was glad he was back after a two-week absence, and so were the Red Sox.
Crisp went 1-for-2, drew a walk, stole a base and scored the only Boston run in a 10 inning, 1-1 tie with Tampa Bay on Saturday.Just being in the lineup was satisfying for Crisp, who had been sidelined since March 14 with stiffness in his left shoulder. He was hampered with a fractured left index finger most of his first season with the Red Sox."I felt fine," Crisp said after playing five innings. "I had close to a couple of weeks off, so it feels good to get back in there and get some live at-bats instead of just BP."Red Sox starting pitcher Devern Hansack pitched three perfect innings against a Devil Rays team that had averaged more than nine runs in winning four straight games.Hansack, a right-hander, joined the Red Sox last season after two years away from professional baseball. He likely will begin the season with Triple-A Pawtucket.Devil Rays starter Edwin Jackson pitched well in another bid to earn the job of fifth starter. The right-hander allowed one run and five hits in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out six batters and walked two.Jackson is competing with left-hander J.P. Howell, who owns a 1.80 ERA after limiting the Cincinnati Reds to one run through five innings Friday. Jackson's ERA is 1.84.
Devil Rays CF Rocco Baldelli (hamstring) has missed four consecutive games. Devil Rays LF Carl Crawford (groin) has missed the past two. ... Former Houston Astros pitcher J.R. Richard and former American Idol singer Ace Young delivered ceremonial first pitches.