Lou Merloni joins Sports Tonight to compare day 1 of this year's camp vs. last year's camp.
"It just seems more like a normal day 1," said Merloni. "They just got back to the basics."
John Farrell says his team is eager to erase the memory of last year and turn the tables in 2013.
"To a man in that room everyone associates the name 'Red Sox' with winning," said Farrell. "That came out in conversations throughout the offseason. There's been an eagerness to get down here and get started."
To a certain extent, this year's spring training brings a return to normalcy with the return of Farrell. Tom E. Curran questions whether that comfort can ultimately lead to complacency.
"I don't think Farrell is the kind of guy you take advantage of," said Merloni. "John Farrell commands respect. He's not going to let them get comfortable."
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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.