I love spring training. You play teams you don’t normally do in the regular season. You try new players. You see how your regulars are doing. You have some fun.

MLB’s No. 1 prospect Andrew Benintendi recorded four hits, including a two-run single during a six-run fourth inning that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-1 win over the Braves on a great spring day.

Braves ace Julio Teheran looked good. He pitched around some potential trouble over three scoreless innings against the Red Sox non-roster left-hander reliever Sam Freeman, who did not retire any of the seven batters faced during the fourth inning. Allen Craig fueled the uprising with a double and Benintendi chased Freeman with his single.

Teheran gained some assistance from his defense as he made his final start before joining Colombia for the World Baseball Classic. Benintendi sent his second double of the game into the left-center-field gap with none out in the third inning. Marco Hernandez’s bid to score from first was denied when Ender Inciarte quickly got the ball to shortstop Dansby Swanson, who made a strong throw that beat Hernandez to the plate by a few steps.

I got to work with some guys on base and get used to some situations,” Teheran said. “Now I’m ready to go to the [World Baseball Classic] and get ready for the season. I made pitches whenever I needed to and it was really good.

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