When Martin Perez delivered a dud in his last spring training start, he made sure not to let it occupy too much headspace.
It appears that was the right approach.
The Boston Red Sox starter responded with a productive four innings of work against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The southpaw held the Twins scoreless, while striking out seven and allowing four hits with one walk in the 7-6 win.
Here are some of the highlights.
7 strikeouts in 4 IP.
Martín was dealing! pic.twitter.com/4Oix27tEkO
— Red Sox (@RedSox) March 8, 2020
Especially with the uncertainty around Chris Sale’s health, the Red Sox need Perez to hit the ground running in the upcoming campaign. Because of Sale’s injury, Perez projects to be the third starter when the regular season begins.