Atchison steps up with three scoreless innings

Atchison steps up with three scoreless innings

Atchison steps up with three scoreless innings
TORONTO -- Scott Atchison is the reliever everyone forgets about every season. Yet he somehow finds away to keep resurfacing with the Red Sox.

For the second time in three years, Atchison won a job in Spring Training. And on Monday night, he proved why.

Coming on in relief of Felix Doubront, the veteran righty gave the Red Sox three stellar innings, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out three.

With the Red Sox coming back to defeat the Blue Jays, 4-2, Atchison earned the win.

"I've got no complaints. I'll pitch however much is needed, whatever is needed, whenever," Atchison said. "I feel like that's my value where I'm most valuable. Tonight, [manager Bobby Valentine] felt like I could go three. Then we went ahead and [Alfredo Aceves] was able to get it going like we know he can. I'll be ready to pitch whenever he wants me."

It was reminiscent of the performance turned in by Vicente Padilla on Sunday, as he reeled off four strong innings in Detroit.

"I think what works best for me is just to try to attack the strike zone," said Atchison. "I tried to do that tonight and was successful with it. From there, you can kind of expand on them and get ahead."