Pedro Martinez thrilled the fans, his catcher and his pitching coach.
Even Martinez was excited in his first game for the Boston Red Sox."I was a little bit wild, a little bit overjuiced, I guess, but everything else was fine," last year's NL Cy Young award winner said.
His fastballs were consistently in the mid-90 mph range, his breaking ball was sharp and his changeup had hitters out in front as he got the win in Sunday's 11-3 exhibition victory over the Minnesota Twins.
"We were challenging inside (with the fastball) and then that changeup came and they could have swung twice," Boston catcher Scott Hatteberg said. "I was excited to catch this guy."
Martinez, traded by Montreal last Nov. 18 after going 17-8 with a 1.90 ERA, struck out two, allowed two singles and no runs and threw a wild pitch in the first two innings.
Pitching coach Joe Kerrigan was excited to watch the pitcher he coached at Montreal from 1994 through 1996 before Kerrigan got the Boston job last season.
"He's throwing the ball harder already than he was two years ago when I saw him in Montreal," Kerrigan said. "When you see somebody like him or (Roger) Clemens or (Steve) Carlton or (Tom) Seaver, you get pumped."
Twins leadoff hitter Otis Nixon was just trying to get his bat around.
Martinez' first pitch of the game was about 95 mph. And Nixon, a lefty hitter, couldn't get around on the four pitches he fouled off to the left side before he flied out to center field.
The fans were rooting Martinez on.
"They were going, `Pedro, come on, strike him out, get him out of the way.' It's nice to hear," Martinez said.
He eventually did on the ninth pitch, then retired Brent Gates on a routine grounder to first before Matt Lawton singled to left. Marty Cordova ended the inning with a fly to right.
Martinez was sharper in the second inning, striking out Orlando Merced and Ron Coomer. Todd Walker managed to get around on the ball for a single to right, but Terry Steinbach grounded out to third.
After 40 pitches, Martinez was done.
In other games:
DIAMONDBACKS 7, WHITE SOX 6: At Tucson, Ariz., the expansion Diamondbacks remained unbeaten, rallying for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on a single by Andy Stankiewicz and a wild pitch to defeat Chicago.
Arizona improved to 3-0 with its third straight win over the White Sox, who fell to 0-4.
YANKEES 6, PHILLIES 3: At Tampa, Fla., Chuck Knoblauch drove in three runs as the Yankees beat Philadelphia. The All-Star second baseman, recently acquired in a trade with Minnesota, had a two-run single and a sacrifice fly.
The Phillies dropped to 0-3, but ended their 19-inning scoreless drought this spring. Lenny Dykstra, who went 1-for-2, scored Philadelphia's first run in the third.
ATHLETICS 8, BREWERS 7: At Phoenix, rookie Ben Grieve and Matt Stairs hit home runs as Oakland remained undefeated by beating winless Milwaukee. The A's are 4-0 and the Brewers are 0-4.
Grieve also doubled in going 2-for-2. He drove in two runs and scored twice. Marc Newfield homered Milwaukee.
CARDINALS 7, EXPOS 2: At Jupiter, Fla., Ron Gant hit a grand slam and a two-run homer to lead St. Louis over Montreal.
Last year, hampered by a bad right knee, Gant batted only .229 with 17 home runs and 62 RBIs. He underwent surgery in the offseason.
BLUE JAYS 9, PIRATES 4: At Dunedin, Fla., Felipe Crespo, Darrin Fletcher and Mike Peeples hit home runs as Toronto defeated Pittsburgh.
Crespo homered on the first pitch from Pirates starter Esteban Loaiza and added an RBI single in the second inning.
ASTROS 4, DEVIL RAYS 3 : At St. Petersburg, Fla., J.R. Phillips homered off Scott Lewis with one out in the top of the 10th inning to lift Houston over Tampa Bay.
Wilson Alvarez, who signed a five-year, $35 million contract with Tampa Bay in December, made his debut. He gave up a double to Craig Biggio, an RBI single to Bill Spiers and a walk to start the game.
But Alvarez got Derek Bell to ground into a double play, struck out Dave Clark and retired the Astros in order in the second inning.
RANGERS 12, REDS 9: At Sarasota, Fla., Joe Hall singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning and the Texas Rangers rallied past Cincinnati.
The game was Cincinnati's home opener at Ed Smith Stadium, where the Reds moved this year after training in Plant City, Fla., for the past 10 seasons.
ORIOLES 1, METS 0: At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Jesus Tavarez hit an RBI single in the ninth inning off John Franco as Baltimore beat New York.
Armando Benitez, hoping to earn the closer's role with Randy Myers gone, struck out two in the ninth for a save.
INDIANS 6, ROYALS 5: At Haines City, Fla., Dwight Gooden struggled in his first game for Cleveland, but home runs by David Miller and Russell Branyan rallied the Indians against Kansas City.
Gooden, who left the New York Yankees and signed with Cleveland, gave up four runs in two innings. He allowed four hits and walked two.
Miller, a 1995 first-round draft pick, hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Lee Smith. Branyan, who has hit 79 home runs the past two seasons in the minors, hit a 475-foot homer in the ninth.
Jeff Conine homered and doubled for the Royals.
MARLINS 8, TIGERS 6: At Jacksonville, Fla., Cliff Floyd hit a three-run homer and Josh Booty hit a two-run shot Sunday to help Florida down Detroit.
Floyd hit an RBI double and Booty homered in the second inning. Floyd connected in the third.
PADRES 5, MARINERS 4: At Peoria, Ariz., George Arias hit a two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning that sent San Diego over Seattle.