Sizemore records 3 hits as Sox top Cardinals

Boston Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore (38) catches a fly ball while hitting the center field wall off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals Daniel Descalso in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday, March 17, 2014. The Red Sox won 10-5. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Grady Sizemore had three hits, scored three runs and showed a good glove in the outfield, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 Monday.

An AL All-Star in each of his last three full seasons (2006-08), Sizemore has been hampered by injuries over the last five years and missed the past two seasons following operations on his right knee and back.

“I’m just happy to be healthy and be out there playing and being able to do those things, and hopefully build off that,” Sizemore said.

Sizemore, signed in January to a $750,000, one-year contract, ended the first inning when he crashed into the center-field wall to rob Daniel Descalso of an extra-base hit. In the eighth, sprinting back and to his right, Sizemore made a diving catch at the warning track to nab Jon Jay’s sinking fly ball.

“Obviously, a very good day, both sides of the ball,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “Very good defense, fearless as we saw. And as we’ve talked about the timing at the plate left-handed pitching, right-handed pitching. He puts very good swings on some pitches and maybe a little bit of a flashback to how good Grady was for a number of years.”

Boston starter John Lackey gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in five innings with three strikeouts.

Cardinals starter Shelby Miller gave up three runs, three hits and three walks in 3 2-3 innings.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Red Sox and Cardinals played with green bases, the Red Sox wore green caps and jerseys and the Cardinals wore green caps.

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