FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Ryan Lavarnway didn’t disappoint in his first plate appearance of the spring. With the bases empty against the Twins, the Red Sox catcher blasted a solo homer off Scott Baker to left field in Thursday’s “B” game.

After a few innings, Lavarnway was yanked to allocate time to other catchers, but the youngster is looking to build on his progress.

“That felt good,” Lavarnway said. “I’m a little nervous it’s going to be downhill from there. It’s good to get the first couple at-bats out of the way and have him throw it in my happy zone.”

While speaking to reporters, Lavarnway also praised starter Alfredo Aceves’ fastball and curveball during the outing.

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