Drew Pomeranz got his first spring training start Tuesday after receiving stem cell treatment on his elbow. The results -- two innings, two hits, two earned runs and a home run allowed -- weren't pretty. But that didn't matter much to the Sox starter after Boston's 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
"[I felt] pretty good for the first outing," Pomeranz told RedSox.com after the game. "Just looking to get out there, feel good, try to throw strikes. Results aside, I'm pretty happy with how I felt out there."
Red Sox manager John Farrell also pushed the results aside, and stressed Pomeranz's health was the priority in his Grapefruit League opener.
"Given what he's come through in the offseason, and the slower, more gradual build-up to today, so first step, physically fine, that's a positive," Farrell said.
Mitch Moreland got the Sox on the board with a two-run single in the bottom of the third. Pedroia brought Sandy Leon home on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, which gave Boston a 3-2 lead. They held the lead for the rest of the game, as Steve Selsky's double brought in two runners in the bottom of the eighth.
Nine players managed a hit but no one managed more than one hit in the contest. Marco Hernandez and Moreland were the only Sox' hitters to get doubles.
In relief of Pomeranz, Matt Barnes, Noe Ramirez and Shawn Haviland had strong outings. They each pitched one inning without allowing a run. Barnes and Ramirez had two strikeouts, and Haviland had three.
The Red Sox travel to Port Charlotte on Wednesday to face the Tamp Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m.
New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third.
Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.
In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three.
Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies.
Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.
Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.
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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.
MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.