Papelbon reports early to spring training

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Papelbon reports early to spring training

Jonathan Papelbon's ability to move on from one appearance to the next has helped make him one of baseball's elite closers since 2006.

His unwillingness to dwell on the past extended into last offseason, not surprisingly, after he endured the worst year of his career.

During Papelbon's forgettable 2010 campaign, he recorded career highs in blown saves (8), losses (7), ERA (3.90), home runs (7) and walks (28).

He has reported to Fort Myers, Fla. early for spring training, ready to move on to 2011.

"I didn't really sit there all offseason and rewind tapes and try to figure out what I was doing wrong," Papelbon said. "My biggest thing this year was trying to figure out what's going to make me successful this year, learn from it and move forward."

This offseason, the Red Sox signed free agent reliever Bobby Jenks, and there were rumors that they were interested in signing Yankees longtime closer Mariano Rivera. With set-up man and potential closer-of-the-future Daniel Bard waiting in the wings, Papelbon knows he needs to perform well to retain his place as Boston's ninth-inning arm.

"I feel like you definitely have to earn things," he said. "In this world and in this game you're not just given things. I'm going to go out there and earn it. I don't just show up expecting things. I don't think I ever will. I'm going to go out there, put the work in and show who I am."

Papelbon has added incentive to bounce back from last year: He'll be a free agent at the end of the season.

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.