JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS –Here are your highlights for Tues., March 8:

Boston Red Sox prospect Ryan Lavarnway didn’t start Tuesday’s split-squad game against the St. Louis Cardinals, but he sure helped finish it.

Lavarnway, a catcher who led all Red Sox farmhands with 102 RBIs in 2010, entered the game as a pinch-hitter for DH David Ortiz in the 6th inning and promptly hit a run-scoring double, trimming the Cards’ lead to 7-4.

When he came to bat again in the 8th inning and the Cards winning 7-6, Lavarnway smacked a two-run HR to put Boston ahead for good.

Until Tuesday’s 2-for-3, 3-RBI performance, Lavarnway was 0-3 in 2011 Spring Training. The hits were his first ever in a Boston uniform.

Lavarnway wasn’t the only Boston Jew to contribute Tuesday. 3B Kevin Youkilis went 1/3 against the Cards, and CF Ryan Kalish hit two singles and a double in Boston’s 3-2 win over the Houston Astros.

Elsewhere, light-hitting OF Sam Fuld singled for the second consecutive game as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 victory. Fuld, who was profiled in Wednesday’s St. Petersburg Times, is seeking to start the season on a major-league roster for the first time in his career.


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