screen-shot-2017-03-08-at-10-22-28-pmBy Sean Stackhouse 3/7/2017

Spring training is typically a time for young and developing players to make a name for themselves. But in Tuesday’s game against the Nationals in West Palm Beach, veteran Red Sox sluggers showed the young kids how it is done.

The Sox wasted no time flexing their muscles. In the first, Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts hit back-to-back home runs setting the tone for the afternoon. The Sox batters felt quite comfortable at the brand new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, which was filled with Red Sox fans.

Later in the 4th inning, Pablo Sandoval continued his solid spring with a bases loaded single, scoring Ramirez and Sox newcomer Mitch Moreland. The three-run fourth inning was the difference in the Sox 5-3 win. Sandoval, who appeared in three just three games for Boston in the 2016 season, has shown great promise in early spring training and is prepared for opening day at Fenway Park on April, 3.

“I’m finally healthy, that one of things. I’m looking forward to this season, so I feel good being at spring training right now” said Sandoval. “You know I just try working out a little bit more… Starting to get better on the field, so I’m seeing progress on the field so I feel good.”

Sandoval is coming off shoulder surgery which derailed his season last year. He went 1-3 at the plate for the Red Sox on Tuesday and is showing promise as he is batting .333 almost two weeks into spring training. The “Kung Fu Panda” has been a disappointment since coming to Boston as a free agent from San Francisco two years ago. He’s hoping 2017 will have him playing the type of baseball that made him an All-Star with the Giants.

The Red Sox next spring training game is Wednesday against the New York Mets at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, FL.