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Watch: J.D. Martinez hits first home run in Red Sox uniform

Rob Bradford
March 06, 2018 - 12:54 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was back on Field 2 at Fenway South in front of Red Sox employees, along with probably not much more than friends and family. But considering what J.D. Martinez is expected to mean to the Sox, it was something.

With Deven Marrero standing at third, Martinez took advantage of a hanging changeup from Rick Porcello, lofting it over the right-field fence in the teams' controlled game against Red Sox minor-leaguers. It marked the first time the new Red Sox outfielder/designated hitter had gone deep in his new team's uniform, having collected three hits in his previous minor league game.

"It was a bad pitch," Porcello said after his 47-pitch outing. "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."

"I was just trying to get the guy in from third base," Martinez said. "I was working on my approach there, trying to get him in. Don't hit anything to the left side of the field. Get it in the air. He just left it up and it was a pretty good swing. It felt good."

Martinez is slated to play in his first Grapefruit League game Wednesday when the Red Sox host the Twins at JetBlue Park. He will play left field.

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