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Matt Garza gets roughed up in his spring debut with his new club as he allowed four hits, four earned runs and two walks without a strikeout against the Rockies.
Garza lasted just one inning (28 pitches) against a Rockies team that had all the top players in the lineup. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, "He (Garza) was just all over the place. His command, changeup and fastball were certainly not where he wanted. But, hey, he got in a lot of pitches." Garza was quoted as saying, "I have a history of very not good springs. I don't take pride in that, but I take pride in my work when I get it done. And when the bell rings, I'm ready to go. However I've got to get them, I'm going to get them." I am not sure I willing to bet on that this year with Garza, who also has been plagued with injuries the last couple years.rnrnrnrnrnrnANALYST: Michael Pichan
Daniel Nava is planning to only hit from the left side during this spring.
Not that cutting back on the switch-hitting is going to affect his standing with the team at all. The problem is that Nava is seen as nothing more than a fourth outfielder type guy an the Red Sox are just too stacked right now for him to warrant much consideration. His best bet is to land with a different team and try from there. The Red Sox depth chart is going to be extremely difficult even for him to climb. Analysis: Howard Bender
Joe Kelly will pitch the Grapefruit League opener Thursday.
Kelly is currently penciled in as the Red Sox' No. 4 starter and will continue to throw with that game plan in place. He threw 96.1 innings between his time with the Cardinals and the Sox and while his command could have been a little stronger, he maintained passable ratios and a strong groundball rate. He's a tough one to trust but could be an interesting waiver option in deep mixed leagues. Analysis: Howard Bender