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Red Sox-Orioles: Champs pick up first win; familiar names star

  • BALTIMORE — Even though the Boston Red Sox insist that they've turned the page from last year, their first win of the season was eerily reminiscent of 2013.David Ortiz and Mike Napoli homered, John Lackey threw six sharp innings and Boston ruined the Baltimore debut of Ubaldo Jimenez with a 6-2 victory Wednesday night. Dustin Pedroia had four hits for the defending World Series champion Red Sox, now 1-1 after losing to Baltimore on opening day."Dustin, David and Mike. That's three of the better hitters in the league," said Boston manager John Farrell, who rode the trio to 97 wins during the 2013 regular season. Lackey (1-0) looked even sharper than he did last year, when he had a 3.52 ERA in 29 starts. In this one, the right-hander allowed two runs and three hits before handing the ball to the bullpen, which finished with three scoreless innings."I just threw country hard balls the first few innings, then was able to mix in other pitches later on," Lackey said. "I was very pleased for the first time. It felt pretty good. It's something I can keep building on."Lackey said he made "one mistake" — an 0-2 pitch that Nelson Cruz hit over the right field wall for his second homer in two games. But the Orioles did little else right against Lackey, who walked one and struck out six in improving to 14-5 lifetime against Baltimore."He had command and he was throwing strikes and he was working fast," Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said. "It seemed like it was the fourth or fif[......]

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    Doug Fister injury update: Nationals await word on RHP's muscle injury

  • Doug Fister was described as a prize offseason acquisition of the Washington Nationals. Tests on Friday could derail him before the 2014 scheduled begins.Fister was dealing with elbow inflammation when he pitched Thursday in a minor-league game. He left the mound after one inning with what reports described as a strained lat muscle. He could be placed on the disabled list, according to .comWhatever the verdict, Fister's latest injury is "a setback," new Nats manager Matt Williams told The Washington Post. Team officials were already cautious with the right-handed pitcher. Now they wonder if he will be ready for a scheduled April 6 start. Acquired in an offseason trade with the Detroit Tigers, Fister was supposed to be a key component of a s夜网论坛trong rotation. Now there are questions when he will be ready.For now, the Post reported, Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan are in like to start the season in the rotation.Fister started 32 games last season, throwing 209 innings. He had a 3.67 ERA but a solid 159 strikeouts to 44 walks.The latissimus dorsi muscles — there are one on each side of the body — runs from the arm pit to the lower back. It draws the upper arm downward and backward and rotates it inward.[......]

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