FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Well, that was eventful.
The first pitch of 2013 -- preseason edition -- was a called strike, courtesy of Joel Hanrahan.
He had two strikes on Northeastern right-fielder Aaron Barbosa when Barbosa lifted a fly ball to left, a catchable ball that eluded Jonny Gomes and fell safely between Gomes and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Barbosa wound up stealing second, and Hanrahan hit a batter, Jason Vosler, before striking out Will Dougherty to end the inning.
In the home first, Northeastern senior Dylan Maki profited from a generous call to strike out Dustin Pedroia looking. Years from now, the folks back in Maki’s hometown of Gloucester will say it was a great pitch. Shane Victorino went in the books as the first Sox player to reach safely, on an infield hit to second that did not draw a throw, and Jonny Gomes was hit by a pitch.