Moreland stays hot, Pomeranz debuts for Sox

Moreland stays hot, Pomeranz debuts for Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-hander Drew Pomeranz made his Grapefruit League debut in the Red Sox's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday afternoon.

Pomeranz, who had been delayed after a stem cell treatment into his pitching elbow in the offseason, went two innings, giving up two runs on two hits. He threw 35 pitches, 22 for strikes.

"[I felt] pretty good for the first outing," Pomeranz said. "Just looking to get out there, feel good, try to throw strikes. Results aside, I'm pretty happy with how I felt out there."

The Blue Jays hit Pomeranz hard, including Melvin Upton, Jr.'s first home run of the spring which cleared the replica left-field Green Monster in the first inning.

"It was just a fastball that stayed over the plate," Pomeranz said. "Like I said, I'm out there trying to throw strikes. Obviously I'm trying to beat him as well, but in my mind, it's getting ready for the year."

Pomeranz pleased with debut

Red Sox manager John Farrell was satisfied with Pomeranz's first outing.

"Going into today, my thoughts were if he comes out of the two innings, almost a building block in today," Farrell said. "Set aside the bottom-line results, he came out of it and he felt good physically, so that's a positive. 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."

In the second, Anthony Alford tripled to right, scoring on Darwin Barney's sacrifice fly.

Right-hander Joe Biagini, in his fifth Grapefruit League appearance and third start, went two innings (plus two batters in the third), giving up two runs, none earned, on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. He threw 46 pitches, 22 for strikes.

"I felt like it was nice to increase my pitch count a little bit and be trusted with the opportunity to get some starts," Biagini said. "I really appreciate that on the team that they have here. Just to get on the mound at any point is nice."

Biagini demonstrating versatility

The Red Sox got two runs in the third, when No. 9 hitter Marco Hernandez led off, reaching on left fielder Upton's two-base error and Dustin Pedroia walked, ending Biagini's outing with Casey Lawrence entering. With two outs and the bases loaded, Mitch Moreland's single scored Hernandez and Pedroia.

Boston added a run in the fourth when Sandy Leon singled and Hernandez doubled. Leon scored on Pedroia's sacrifice fly.

Toronto evened the game in the top of the seventh. Justin Smoak led off the inning with a double before being replaced by pinch-runner Jon Berti. Three batters later, Barney drove in Berti with a single, but the Blue Jays left the bases loaded when Darrell Ceciliani grounded out to end the inning.

It would cost them in Boston's half of the eighth. After two quick outs to start the inning, Sam Travis and Allen Craig each singled. Both were driven home by Steve Selsky's line-drive double to left.

The back-and-forth continued in the ninth. Blue Jays catcher Mike Ohlman led off with a homer, and Toronto put men on first and third with no outs before Shawn Haviland came on to put out the fire by striking out the side.

"It's always fun playing these guys," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "In Spring Training when things start to drag, places like this energize you a bit."

Blue Jays Up Next: Toronto will have an off-day before returning to action on Thursday when it hosts the New York Yankees at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium at 1:07 p.m. ET. Aaron Sanchez will get the start. In his only other outing of the spring, Sanchez surrendered three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and walking a batter.

Red Sox Up Next: The Red Sox travel to Port Charlotte on Wednesday to face the Rays at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Kendrick is scheduled to make his fifth Grapefruit League appearance and fourth start. He is expected to be followed by right-handers Marcus Weldon, Chandler Shepherd, Ben Taylor, Kyle Martin and left-hander Luis Ysla.

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J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com.

Maureen Mullen is a contributor to MLB.com.

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