Bell tolls for Phillies in exhibition win


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – David Bell went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double and three runs scored as Philadelphia beat Boston, 9-5.

Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis hit back-to-back homers in the second inning against Phillies starter Gavin Floyd. Trot Nixon hit a long home run to right off Floyd in the fourth. Lowell also had a pair of singles and finished 3-for-3. Nixon added an RBI double to center in the fifth against reliever Geoff Geary.

“We covered every fundamental there is in Florida,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “The outcome of the game doesn’t mean as much as us being ready to play.”

NOTES: The Red Sox placed pitcher David Wells and first baseman Hee-Seop Choi on the 15-day disabled list Saturday…Boston also announced that pitcher Julian Tavares’ 1-day suspension will not be appealed.