Iglesias makes first start of season for Sox

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Iglesias makes first start of season for Sox

ANAHEIM -- Jose Iglesias made his first start of the season Tuesday night, inserted into the lineup after being called up from Pawtucket last week.

Manager Bobby Valentine wouldn't commit to how often he might play Iglesias the rest of the way. Valentine has two others -- Mike Aviles and Pedro Ciriaco -- in the roster who can also play the position.

"It's a difficult situation," said Valentine of the glut of shortstop candidates.

Regardless of how often he sees the field, Iglesias was appreciative of the playing time.

"It's a great opportunity to be here with the team," he said, "and try to help in any way I can."

Iglesias was on a good run at Pawtucket before his promotion, hitting .329 (24-for-73) in August. Overall, Iglesias was hitting .266 for the season with a homer and 23 RBI in 88 games.

"There's no doubt I feel pretty good at the plate," said Iglesias. "I feel very happy about this year. I'm seeing the ball, recognizing (pitches) and driving the ball (better). I think I did a pretty good job this year. I haven't changed anything; I'm just trying to be healthy, playing the game and trying to learn something every day."

Iglesias was in the running to make the team in the spring until he went into an offensive dip. But he's gained in confidence since then and enjoyed more success.

"It's a big difference," he said. "I feel pretty comfortable at the plate and I was happy with my approach. Personally, I feel a lot better."

One thing that's restricted Iglesias's progress has been a series of nagging injuries. In 2010, he broke his hand. Last year, he was hit in the head. This season, he missed about a month with a back condition.

"I was pretty disappointed to get hurt (again),'' he said. "I missed about a month when I was getting hot at the plate. But I can't control that, either. I just tried to get back (into the lineup) as fast as possible."

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.