Oswalt, Astros squelch Sox


KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — With Brad Mills managing against his former team, Roy Oswalt allowed two hits in four innings Tuesday to lead the Houston Astros over a Boston Red Sox split squad 3-0.

Mills was Terry Francona’s bench for six seasons before the Astros hired him as manager last October.

Oswalt struck out one and walked one. His previous turn was rained out, and he has pitched six scoreless innings in spring training.

Jon Lester gave up one run and three hits, struck out two and walked two in his third start.

J.R. Towles went 2-for-3, raising his average to .550. Carlos Lee went 1-for-3 and scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch.

Boston had just four hits. Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis combined to go 0-for-9.

Jason Varitek started at catcher for the second straight game, threw out Humberto Quintero trying to steal and doubled.

Touted prospect Westmoreland undergoes brain surgery

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Highly regarded Boston Red Sox minor league prospect Ryan Westmoreland has undergone surgery in Arizona to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain.

The team made the announcement Tuesday night, saying a five-hour procedure was performed at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Spetzler.

A brief team statement said Westmoreland remains in the intensive care unit “but has come through the surgery well.” It added that because of the complexity of the surgery, the 19-year-old outfielder will “face a difficult period initially before beginning his recovery.”

Westmoreland is one of Boston’s top prospects. He left minor league camp on March 4 and was diagnosed the following day at Massachusetts General Hospital.

A cavernous malformation of cavernoma is a cluster of abnormal or dilated blood vessels that effects the central nervous system. Symptoms can include bleeding in the brain, seizures and headaches.