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Recap: Red Sox 3, Pirates 4
Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 1
Venue: McKechnie Field
Date: March 18, 2013 1:05 PM EDT
  

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - James McDonald was not rattled by his rough start.

McDonald labored in the first inning, then recovered as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Monday.

``I got locked back in, kept my composure and finished strong,' McDonald said. ``I didn't let the game get away from me. I felt confident - every pitch, every moment out there.'

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Ryan Lavarnway hit a two-run single in the first. McDonald then retired 11 of 14 batters. He gave up four hits and three walks in five innings and struck out six.

This was the second game in a row that McDonald overcame a rocky first inning.

``It's definitely correctable,' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ``He's got some weapons. With James, it's about rhythm, pace and timing. That improved as the game went on. We've got to keep him working and take the cerebral part out of it.'

McDonald has a 4.19 ERA in five games with 4 strikeouts in 19 1-3 innings.

Neil Walker homered to end Clay Buchholz's 9 1-3 inning scoreless streak and Gaby Sanchez hit a two-run drive.

Walker's leadoff homer in the second was the only hit off Buchholz, who struck out four and walked two in five innings.

Sanchez homered in the seventh against Chris Carpenter, and Michael McKenry hit a solo drive off Oscar Villarreal in the eighth.

``He's gone through a pretty drastic transformation from the way he pitched in the minors and in his rookie year to now,' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ``The last couple outings, when he puts the ball on the ground, he's at his best. That's when he's most relaxed.'

After recovering from stress fracture in his back in 2011, Buchholz began last season by going 4-2 with a 7.19 ERA in his first 10 starts. He was 7-6 with a 3.45 ERA the rest of the way.

After watching video of Buchholz's early outings, Farrell said he saw a lot of pitches up in the zone.

``Maybe he was subconsciously protecting (his back) or just couldn't get full extension to drive the ball downhill,' Farrell said. ``But after his seventh or eighth start, he ran off good numbers, like he was his old self. That's what we're seeing now.'

NOTES: Red Sox DH David Ortiz's scheduled batting practice was canceled due to continued pain in both heels. ``He's not ready for that next phase,' Farrell said. ... The start of the game was delayed by 48 minutes, but it didn't start raining until after the tarp was removed and play got under way. ... The Pirates reassigned RHPs Gerrit Cole, Brooks Brown, Kyle Waldrop, LHP Kris Johnson and C Ali Solis to their minor league camp. RHP Phil Irwin was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Cole, the first overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, is the team's top prospect. ... Closer Jason Grilli pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning in his first appearance for the Pirates since pitching for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. ... If SS Stephen Drew continues to be bothered by post-concussion symptoms through Tuesday, the Red Sox would send him to be examined by Dr. Michael Collins, a specialist in Pittsburgh. ``When he goes through exertion tests there's no increase in the symptoms, so we take that as a positive,' Farrell said. ... Red Sox LHP Franklin Morales (bulging disk) threw from 60 feet on Monday. ``If we can repeat that a couple of days, we'll have more insight on what plan to follow,' Farrell said.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BOS  -125   +114    
 PIT  +105   -136   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BOS  -125       
 PIT  +105      
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
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 BOS  n/a   n/a   n/a 
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 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Mar 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 9 Cover: +110 
 BOS 3 Over: 12 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Feb 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 BOS 16 Cover: +115 
 PIT 6 Over: 22 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB RECAPS
 Monday, Mar 18
 
    Marlins at Twins
1:05 PM EDT
    Phillies at Braves
1:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Nationals
1:05 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Pirates
1:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Cardinals
1:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Indians
4:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Dodgers
4:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Padres
4:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Rangers
9:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Rockies
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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