The secret to speeding up baseball is Wade Miley.

While it feels wrong to use the words “quick” and “brisk” to describe Friday night’s 19-inning marathon between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, those were accurate terms when the left-hander was out there on the mound. Miley worked at a rapid pace in his first start as a member of the Red Sox, retiring the first 10 batters he faced and adding five strikeouts in the process.

But Miley ran into some trouble in the sixth, as he exited in the middle of the inning after 90 pitches. He allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings in what became a footnote in the longest game in Red Sox history (in terms of time), but his quick pace is something that his teammates and Red Sox Nation alike are going to be big fans of this season.

“But on defense, you love a guy that works quick and he’s going to do that all year long and we’ll take that,” NESN’s Steve Lyons said.

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