Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd claims he used crack cocaine every day of the Red Sox' pennant-winning 1986 season, including days he pitched, and that the team was aware of it.
"I would come into the ballpark and team physician Dr. Arthur Pappas, who was also one of the minority owners would call me in the back and say, 'How do you feel? Did you do some last night?'," Boyd said in an interview with ESPN's Buster Olney that appeared on the network Tuesday night. "And I was honest with him. 'Yes I did.'
"OK. So that was my drug test, you got me? Ain't nobody made me pee in no cup."
Boyd, who won 16 games that year in helping the Sox reach the World Series, says he went to a crack house near Shea Stadium after being told by manager John McNamara that, because of a rainout, he wouldn't pitch Game 7 against the Mets. He also says he smoked crack in the clubhouse in Oakland before pitching a game against the A's on May 11.
Boyd said he used cocaine throughout his first seasons in the big leagues, but was introduced to crack by a drug dealer during spring training in 1986.
Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.