Red Sox 3, Pirates 2

Clay Buchholz threw three scoreless innings, as did Pirates

starter Paul Maholm, and the Boston Red Sox beat Pittsburgh 3-2 on

Saturday.

Buchholz and Maholm each allowed one hit and one walk.

The game ended on an unusual triple play after Jonathan Van

Every was hit by a pitch from Michael Bowden and Brandon Jones

walked to lead off the ninth.

Gorkys Hernandez lined to shortstop Red Sox shortstop Jose

Iglesias. Iglesias flipped the ball to second baseman Tug Hulett

for the second out. Hulett threw to first and the ball got by Aaron

Bates. Catcher Dusty Brown was backing up on the play, got the ball

and threw to second to get Jones, trying to advance on the

play.

Both Buchholz and Maholm were scheduled to pitch Friday, but

heavy rains wiped out the Grapefruit League schedule, giving each

pitcher an extra day of rest.

“I had that extra day and felt really good, might have felt too

good with some of the pitches that I was trying to throw,”

Buchholz said. “Two-seam wasn’t sinking as much as it has been

just because I felt like I was getting through it a little too

much. But other than that gave up a couple of hard hit balls, but

they were early pitches in the count and one of them only was a

hit. So, got two quick outs that way, and I’ll take that any

time.”

The Red Sox used six pitchers, with Brian Shouse (1-0) getting

the win with a hitless, scoreless inning, and Bowden earning the

save, despite laboring through the final two innings, with a run, a

hit and three walks.

“Michael Bowden had a tough time pitching, throwing strikes,”

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “He worked behind, and except

for the play that we drew up at the end, we were getting in a

little bit of trouble. Up till then I thought everybody, Clay

included, attacked the zone. … It was really good. Threw the ball

to the plate, let our defense work.”

With one out in sixth, Delwin Young hit a solo home run, his

second home run of the spring, off Boof Bonser, who is competing

for a job in the Boston bullpen, putting the Pirates ahead 1-0.

The Red Sox went ahead in the seventh, with three runs off Chris

Jakubuaskas, with the Pirates adding a run in the ninth off

Bowden.

Daisuke Matsuzaka was scheduled to throw batting practice

Saturday morning for the first time this spring after being delayed

by a back ailment. But, a stiff neck scratched that plan after he

threw a handful of warm-up pitches in the bullpen.

“I did not throw live BP today due to stiffness in my neck,”

said Matsuzaka, in a written statement left with a team spokesman.

“As for my schedule going forward, I’m going to see how I feel

tomorrow, meet with the coaching staff, and decide at that

point.”

It is not yet known when he will pitch next.

“He was starting to warm up, threw about five or six pitches,

and his neck kind of spasmed on him,” Francona said. “He talked

to (pitching coach) John Farrell, with (translator) Masa (Hoshino)

there and decided to shut it down. So we’ll go kind of day to day

on it.”

The neck ailment is not believed to be related to the back

problem.

Because of the rainout in their game against the Cardinals on

Friday, the Red Sox played an intrasquad game after their game

against the Pirates Saturday.