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Boston’s Sizemore back on the field as Sox sweep college teams

  • Boston Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore stands near the scoreboard in the outfield during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against Northeastern, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. Sizemore returned to action for the first time in more than two years, playing three innings in left field and going hitless in two at-bats Thursday for the Red Sox in a 5-2 victory. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore stands near the scoreboard in the outfield during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against Northeastern, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. Sizemore returned to action for the first time in more than two years, playing three innings in left field and going hitless in two at-bats Thursday for the Red Sox in a 5-2 victory. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, reacts after swinging and missing a throw by Northeastern pitcher James Mulry as Northeastern catcher Josh Treff, left, looks on in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, reacts after swinging and missing a throw by Northeastern pitcher James Mulry as Northeastern catcher Josh Treff, left, looks on in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Northeastern's James Mulry delivers a warm-up pitch in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne

    Northeastern's James Mulry delivers a warm-up pitch in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne

  • Boston Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman delivers a warm-up throw in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against Northeastern Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman delivers a warm-up throw in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against Northeastern Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, center, watchs pregame events with teammates before an exhibition baseball game against Northeastern, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, center, watchs pregame events with teammates before an exhibition baseball game against Northeastern, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox's Grady Sizemore watches the flight of his ball as he flies out off a pitch by Northeastern pitcher Dustin Hunt in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox's Grady Sizemore watches the flight of his ball as he flies out off a pitch by Northeastern pitcher Dustin Hunt in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox's Grady Sizemore watches the flight of his ball as he flies out off a pitch by Northeastern pitcher Dustin Hunt in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox's Grady Sizemore watches the flight of his ball as he flies out off a pitch by Northeastern pitcher Dustin Hunt in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, reacts after swinging and missing a throw by Northeastern pitcher James Mulry as Northeastern catcher Josh Treff, left, looks on in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, reacts after swinging and missing a throw by Northeastern pitcher James Mulry as Northeastern catcher Josh Treff, left, looks on in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore stands near the scoreboard in the outfield during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against Northeastern, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. Sizemore returned to action for the first time in more than two years, playing three innings in left field and going hitless in two at-bats Thursday for the Red Sox in a 5-2 victory. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, reacts after swinging and missing a throw by Northeastern pitcher James Mulry as Northeastern catcher Josh Treff, left, looks on in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Northeastern's James Mulry delivers a warm-up pitch in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne
  • Boston Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman delivers a warm-up throw in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against Northeastern Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, center, watchs pregame events with teammates before an exhibition baseball game against Northeastern, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox's Grady Sizemore watches the flight of his ball as he flies out off a pitch by Northeastern pitcher Dustin Hunt in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox's Grady Sizemore watches the flight of his ball as he flies out off a pitch by Northeastern pitcher Dustin Hunt in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, reacts after swinging and missing a throw by Northeastern pitcher James Mulry as Northeastern catcher Josh Treff, left, looks on in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Outfielder Grady Sizemore returned to the field for the first time since 2011 as the World Series champion Boston Red Sox started off their spring schedule yesterday, beating both Northeastern and Boston College by scores of 5-2.

Both games were seven innings.

Manager John Farrell was satisfied with his team’s performance.

“I thought for the most part we threw strikes, we stayed in control of the count for the better part of the guys that walked to the mound, and it’s good to see guys in game situations to see their instincts,” Farrell said.

“I thought we ran the bases well,” he added. “I think just the fact that we got 14 innings in and get our pregame routine prior to a game adjusted. A good day.”

The 31-year-old Sizemore, who joined the Red Sox in January as a free agent, was once one of baseball’s most dynamic players – an All-Star with the Indians from 2006-08 with two Gold Gloves – before being sidelined by injuries.

Since 2009, he has undergone seven surgeries, including procedures on his left elbow, both knees and a herniated disk in his lower back in 2012.

Sizemore went 0-for-2 yesterday, playing three innings in left field in the first game of the doubleheader.

“It was fun,” Sizemore said. “It was exciting. I was looking forward to it for a couple days now. But happy to get out there and get back into games.

“I was anxious just to kind of get going. Honestly, I was just excited. … I felt better than I anticipated, so I was just looking forward to getting out there and seeing how it would go.”

Northeastern sophomore James Mulry, from Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood and a graduate of Boston Latin School, nearly struck out the side in the third. After striking out Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, Mulry had Mike Napoli at 1-2 before giving up a single and walking Jonny Gomes. But he got Xander Bogaerts to ground out, ending the inning.

“It was a day I’ll never forget,” Mulry said. “I grew up watching these guys, and getting the opportunity to pitch against them was an unbelievable experience, never mind striking them out. They are two of the best players from my generation and I am lucky to have had this chance to play them.”

Mulry impressed at least one of his victims.

“I was trying to see if I can get a strike to hit or whatever, but he ended up throwing me a nasty breaking ball,” Ortiz said. “He can party tonight. He can have a drink tonight and say, ‘I struck out Papi.’ ”

Said Farrell of the back-to-back strikeouts: “Hopefully that’s the last time we see it.”

“But for all of our guys seeing live pitching for the first time in a game situation, it was a good day overall regardless of the result.”

Starting time

∎ Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman started Game 1 against Northeastern and went two scoreless innings, giving up a hit with two strikeouts.

∎ Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa earned the win in Game 2 against BC. He started and went two scoreless innings, giving up one hit with a strikeout and hitting a batter.

Trainer’s room

∎ Outfielder Corey Brown left the second game in the bottom of the third inning after getting hit in the back of his left hand on a swing at the plate. Farrell said Brown was examined and “checked out okay,” but will be looked at again today.

∎ Outfielder Daniel Nava took batting practice yesterday. He missed the previous five days of BP after tweaking his neck. He did not play in either of Thursday’s games but is expected in the lineup over the weekend.

This and that

∎ Ryan Lavarnway went 2-for-2 with a double in the first game.

∎ Christian Vazquez hit a solo home run in the second game, and Travis Shaw went 2-for-2 with a three-run double.

Aced up

Left-hander Jon Lester will start in a simulated game at the Red Sox complex next Wednesday.

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