J.D. Martinez Hits Home Run Off Rick Porcello As Spring Debut Nears


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J.D. Martinez will make his long-awaited spring training debut for the Boston Red Sox, and he looks more than ready.

The recently signed slugger will make his first game appearance Wednesday in the Red Sox’s split-squad spring training game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla. While Martinez primarily will serve as the Red Sox’s designated hitter, he’ll play left field Wednesday.

As part of Martinez’s ramp-up to game action, he’s been taking live batting practice and seeing time in intrasquad games. In doing so, he flexed his muscle Tuesday against former Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello. Martinez did a little yard work, taking Porcello deep in a scrimmage.

“It was a bad pitch,” Porcello said after his outing, per WEEI.com. “I walked into the dugout and J.D. said, ‘You left that one up.’ I just said, ‘I know, J.D.’ That situation with first base open I’m probably not pitching to J.D. right there. It’s not a good pitch and he did what he does with those.”

Martinez will soon get his chance to start making non-teammates pay for mistakes.

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