By Sean McAdam
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On his fifth try this season, CC Sabathia finally figured how to beat the Red Sox, though it wasn't exactly textbook pitching.
Sabathia gave up 10 hits, but limited the Red Sox to just two runs over six innings while throwing 128 pitches, the most ever as a member of the Yankees as the Yanks held off the Red Sox, 5-2. The Sox outhit the Yankees 13-9, but stranded 16 base runners, tying a season high.
The victory moved the Yankees into a tie with the Sox in the loss column. The Red Sox have played one more game and lead the East by a half-game.
After the Red Sox had scored twice in the fourth -- thanks to a solo homer from Carl Crawford and run-scoring double from Marco Scutaro -- to pull to within a run at 3-2, Francisco Cervelli homered in the fifth. New York tacked on another run in the seventh on a hit batsman, bunt and a double play.
John Lackey lasted seven innings and gave up all five runs, four of them earned. He suffered a loss for just the second time in his last 10 starts.
Tempers flared between the clubs when Lackey hit Cervelli in the seventh inning, ostensibly for celebrating a bit too much following his fifth-inning homer. Both benches were warned, but no further trouble followed.
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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.