Francona: Matsuzaka will not have surgery

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Francona: Matsuzaka will not have surgery

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona denied a report Monday that Daisuke Matsuzaka may need to have Tommy John surgery on his ailing right elbow.

"Hes not going to have surgery," said Francona. "Hes not going to have Tommy John. Some reports arent very professional. Thats a shame.

The report said Matsuzaka was seeking a second opinion from a Japanese surgeon. Francona said that, too, wasn't true, though he will receive a second opinion.

He has a appointment later in the monthto see Dr. Lewis Yokum in Los Angeles," said Francona, who added the team "gave permission for Matsuzaka to gohome to Japan before that. Its personal, though and not to get another medical opinion."

Asked when it was arranged to have Matsuzaka see Yokum, Francona replied:

Oh my goodness, weve talked to him all last week . . . I talked to him probably two or three times in depth and then he asked hes not doing anything right now he asked if Francona would care if he went to Japan. And I said, No, not even a little bit. But I wanted to get permission from general manager Theo Epstein, and check with the medical people, just to make sure. Everybody was okay with it.

"Hes actually been really good about this.

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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.