Red Sox (ss) 9, Boston College 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. --Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched two scoreless innings in his debut with the Boston Red Sox after allowing a leadoff double in a 9-1, seven-inning win over Boston College on Friday night.
Johnny Ayers lined the first pitch of the game to left for an opposite-field double before the Japanese star retired the next six batters, three on strikeouts.
Matsuzaka threw 25 pitches, 19 for strikes in his two innings. His fastest pitch was a 94 mph fastball.
The split Red Sox squad took a 2-0 lead in the second on Jeff Bailey's homer and Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI triple. They added a run in the fourth on a throwing error and made it 8-0 with five runs in the fifth.
Boston College scored in the sixth on Brandon Ziemann's homer. David Murphy's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth made it 9-1.
After Ayers doubled in the first, he took third when Ryan Hutchinson was out at first on a ball tapped in front of the plate that was fielded by catcher Jason Varitek as Matsuzaka charged in. Matsuzaka retired the side by striking out Jared McGuire and Peter Frates.
Joe Ayers, who is not related to Johnny Ayers, started the second by grounding out to second. Matsuzaka then retired Jeff Schomaker on a called third strike and Jett Ruiz on a popup to second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
The Red Sox and Boston College have faced each other in spring training every year since 1993, when Boston moved its camp to Fort Myers from Winter Haven. Boston is 15-0 in that span but three of the last 11 victories have been by a single run.
The Red Sox signed Matsuzaka, the MVP of last year's inaugural World Baseball Classic, to a 6-year, $52 million contract after bidding $51.11 million for the right to negotiate with him. That money went to the Seibu Lions, Matsuzaka's team the last eight seasons.
Earlier Friday, the other Red Sox squad lost to Toronto 9-6 in Fort Myers.