Farrell: We have work to do


Farrell: We have work to do

The Red Sox introduced John Farrell as the 46th manager of the Red Sox on Tuesday. As the manager to take over after the tumultuous Bobby Valentine era, Farrell made sure to make a few points clear: His team will play hard, and the lines of communication will be open.

Not a bad place to start after the Red Sox finished in last place in the AL East with a dysfunctional clubhouse that at time featured players whose play was uninspired.

"Our effort is controlled every night," Farrell said after trying on his Red Sox cap for the first time since leaving the Red Sox -- then the pitching coach -- for the manager's job in Toronto.

"It's something we can control. To give forth our best effort is a minimum."

Interestingly, Larry Lucchino was not present at the press conference. Ben Cherington was the only member of the front office there to introduce Farrell, perhaps a concerted effort on its part to show that the Farrell hiring was Cherington's decision.

Farrell didn't exactly have a great run during his time in Toronto, but Cherington still believed that he is the best man to turn the Red Sox around.

"Managing in the big leagues is not an easy gig," Cherington said. "It's one thing to talk about it in theory. It's another to go apply it and make those decisions in the dugout. One can only improve and be strengthened over time with experience."

Farrell made it clear that this was the place he wanted to be. For him, it certainly appears to be the "dream job" it's been reported to be.

"This is arguably the best place in the game," he said. "If there weren't any challenges, I wouldn't be sitting here . . . I love take on the challenges. It's an incredible city, it's an incredible baseball environment, with a first-class group of people."

More to come on Farrell's introduction. Be sure to check out our Red Sox Talk blog for all the latest updates throughout the day.

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


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.