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Red Sox Notebook: Pitching staff absorbs another pounding

(Matt Stone/Media News Group)

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Just keep telling yourself: It's only spring training. It's only spring training. It's only spring training.

That could be the best approach as opponents continue to mash against Red Sox pitching. The Sox were clobbered by the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, 13-9, allowing five homers in the process and 15 hits in total.

Overall, in the last three games, the Red Sox have been tagged for 33 runs on 40 hits.

Wednesday's starter Jeffrey Springs, ostensibly one of the candidates for the fifth starter's spot, was