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Grady Sizemore hits 2-run homer as Red Sox beat Rays 4-2

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz pitches in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz pitches in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi pitches in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Port Charlotte, Fla., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi pitches in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Port Charlotte, Fla., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) chases after a line drive by Tampa Bay Rays  James Loney in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game in Port Charlotte, Fla., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) chases after a line drive by Tampa Bay Rays James Loney in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game in Port Charlotte, Fla., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

Grady Sizemore bolstered his bid to become Boston's new starting center fielder, hitting a two-run homer as the Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday.

Will Middlebrooks also hit a solo homer as the defending World Series champions won for the ninth time in 24 games this spring.

Wil Myers and Jose Molina both drove in runs for the Rays, who are still a Grapefruit League best 15-6-3.

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz gave up two runs and three hits in six innings while striking out five.