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Quick hits: Red Sox 6, Boston College 1

The outcome: The Red Sox had a productive first day of exhibition games against Northeastern University and Boston College at City of Palms Park. The Sox defeated the Eagles 15-0 in the matinee and followed that up with 6-1 victory over the Huskies in the nightcap.

Against BC, Red Sox starter Boof Bonser retired the side in order in the first inning (the only inning he pitched) with one strikeout. He tossed nine pitches (seven strikes). Prospects Michael Bowden and Junichi Tazawa kept the perfect streak in tact in the second and third innings, respectively. The only Red Sox pitcher to allow a run was lefty Kris Johnson in the top of the fifth.

With the Red Sox leading by two runs in the bottom of the fourth, shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias provided a three-run double to give Boston a 5-0 advantage.

Wednesday night was the 18th consecutive year (20th overall) the Red Sox have played Boston College. The Sox have won every time.

The notable: Bonser made his first spring training appearance in almost two years. He missed the entire 2009 season after having arthroscopic surgery to repair partial tears to the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He showed no ill effects and said he felt good. He’s scheduled to throw two innings on Sunday against the Orioles in Sarasota.

Prospect update: Iglesias wasted no time in showing off his talents to Red Sox fans when he lined a three-run double down the left-field line on the first offering from BC pitcher Dave Laufer in the bottom of the fourth. Iglesias did not start, but entered the game in the bottom of the third as a pinch runner for Marco Scutaro. Iglesias said it was a dream come true to finally play for the Boston Red Sox.

Progress report: Earlier in the day, Clay Buchholz threw two simulated innings back at the minor league complex and all reports were that he felt dandy. Daisuke Matsuzaka long-tossed again today and should be ready to throw his first bullpen Friday. Mike Lowell had an extended session in the cage and also took batting practice before the game on the field and got the thumbs up from hitting coach Dave Magadan. Dominican right-hander Jorge Sosa finally worked through his visa issues -- believed to be the result of his 50-game suspension for amphetamine use in 2008 -- and arrived in camp Thursday. He has some catching up to do.

Tomorrow: Josh Beckett draws the start in the first exhibition game against a big league opponent, facing the Minnesota Twins in City of Palms Thursday night.

Etc: Bowden has a new look for 2010. Not only did he ditch the high socks, the right-hander has developed a new, more deliberate delivery. He worked a perfect second inning with one strikeout. ... Adrian Beltre made his Red Sox debut and went 0-for-2. ... Tazawa took a ground ball off his foot in the third inning, but after the game said he was fine. ... Attendance for Wednesday night's game was 4,577.