Who are you callin' Toxic? Sox top Marlins, 7-5


Who are you callin' Toxic? Sox top Marlins, 7-5

BOSTON The Red Sox put pregame talk of toxic reports behind them to beat the Marlins, 7-5, at Fenway Park. With the win, they also put the .500 mark behind them again.

Clay Buchholz was not nearly as sharp as he had been in his recent outings, going six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and walk with three strikeouts, a home run, and a hit batter. But it was enough to earn the win, improving his record to 8-2 although his ERA rose from 5.38 to 5.53.

Buchholz, as he has been for most of the season, was the beneficiary of solid run support. He leads the majors with 7.71 runs of support per nine innings.

Logan Morrison did all the damage for the Marlins against Buchholz.He had a two-out, two-run home run in the first inning, a two-out, RBI double in the third, and two-out, two-run double in the fifth. But his baserunning mistake, trying to score from second on Greg Dobbs single to Will Middlebrooks ended the fifth.

Mark Buehrle took the loss for the Marlins. He went five innings, giving up six runs on seven hits with no walks, one strikeout, and three home runs. His record fell to 5-8.

David Ortiz had a two-out, two-run home run in the first, scoring Dustin Pedroia who had doubled, tying the score. It was Ortizs 17th home run of the season.

Kelly Shoppach added a two-out, two run homer in the second, scoring Middlebrooks. It was Shoppachs fourth homer of the season.

Cody Ross, who was activated from the disabled list before the game, hit solo shot into the Monster seats in left-center with one out in the fourth. It was his ninth home run of the season.

The Sox added solo runs in the fifth and sixth. IN the fifth Mike Aviles reached on a ground-rule double to right, taking third on Dustin Pedroias sacrifice bunt, scoring on Adrian Gonzalezs sacrifice fly to right.

In the sixth Kevin Youkilis led off with a double and scored on Will Middlebrooks double.

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


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.