Young leaves Sox; wrong man for the job?

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Young leaves Sox; wrong man for the job?

Curt Young officially left the Red Sox on Friday, signing a one-year contract to return to Oakland as pitching coach of the A's.

Young's departure was not a surprise, especially after revelations after the season that many of the starters drank beer in the clubhouse during games and appeared to fall out of shape as the season progressed.

John Tomase of the Boston Herald said Thursday on 'Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight' that Young's style -- much different than that of former pitching coach John Farrell -- may have contributed to the problems.

"One of the things I heard early on was the fact that Farrell made these guys do all their running, and all that kind of stuff, between starts and in spring training," said Tomase.

"Curt Young came in and decided to treat them like men -- that was his big mistake -- and treat them like adults . . . Young left the training regimen to them and assumed they would do it and did not put his foot down. And then it trailed off."

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.