Dice-K, Sox washed away, 9-2

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Dice-K, Sox washed away, 9-2

BOSTON After an impressive first outing Aug. 27 in his return from the disabled list, Daisuke Matsuzaka has followed that up with two disappointing starts. At the same time, the Red Sox continued their discouraging trend of losses, as they fell to the Blue Jays for the second time in as many games, 9-2, at Fenway Park Saturday night.

Saturday against the Blue Jays, Matsuzaka lasted just 1 13 innings, giving up five runs on five hits and walk with two strikeouts, a home run and a hit batter. He threw 42 pitches, 25 strikes as his ERA rose from 6.15 to 7.20.

The Blue Jays sent eight batters to the plate in the second inning, with five scoring. Matsuzaka gave up a lead-off, first-pitch home run to Yunel Escobar. The first five batters reached base, before Matsuzaka could record an out on Rajai Davis sacrifice fly. He threw 23 pitches in the inning, 13 strikes.

Meanwhile, Jays left-hander Aaron Laffey did not give up a hit until Jacoby Ellsburys lead-off single in the fourth.

Alfredo Aceves replaced Matsuzaka, going 2 23 scoreless innings, giving up a hit with one strikeout.

The game was delayed by rain twice, for a total of two hours and three minutes. After Ellsbury led off the fourth with a single, the game was stopped for 58 minutes. Laffey returned after that delay, but Andrew Miller replaced Aceves. In the bottom of the fifth, with two outs, two runs in, and Pedro Ciriaco on first, the game was stopped again, for an hour and five minutes. Right-hander Brad Lincoln replaced Laffey when the game resumed.

The Sox got two runs back in the fifth. Ryan Lavarnway led off with a walk followed by Mike Aviles single. Scott Podsedniks single scored Lavarnway, before Jose Iglesias lined out to first baseman Adam Lind, who doubled Podsednik off first. Pedro Ciriacos single scored Podsednik, cutting the Blue Jays lead to 5-2.

The Blue Jays added a run in the eighth off Vicente Padilla, as Colby Rasmus, Edwin Encarnacion, and Adam Lind opened the inning with consecutive singles. The Jays got three more in the ninth when Anthony Gose hit his first career home run, a three-run shot into the right field seats off Andrew Bailey.

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

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. 

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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.