In-game: Ciriaco at 3B


BRADENTON, Fla. — Pedro Ciriaco has entered the game against the BoSox at third base, replacing Pedro Alvarez. It’s the first time Ciriaco has gotten work at the hot corner in a game this spring. He’s played in nine games at shortstop and four at second base.

Ciriaco has been taking grounders at third during morning work as a way to become more versatile. “It’s going fine,” Ciriaco told me the other day. “It’s not too hard to learn. Things are a little quicker there, so you don’t have as much time to react. But I don’t think it’s as hard as (playing) middle infield.”

Ciriaco’s glove is major league ready; the question is whether or not he can hit well enough to justify a roster spot. If he makes the club, it will primarily be as a middle guy. Andy Marte, Garrett Atkins, Josh Fields and Steve Pearce are vying for the backup corner infielder job.

»»» Brian Friday just made a dandy defensive play at second base. He dove to snag a hot liner by Lars Anderson, popped to his feet and fired to first base in time for the out.